Bestfly has successfully achieved its IS-BAO (International Standard for Business Aviation Operators) Stage 2 certification, making it one of the few companies in Africa to be certified.
The accreditation, managed by the IBAC (International Business Aviation Council), is awarded to operators following an independent audit that examines operations. The status helps flight departments and operators achieve a high level of safety and professionalism.
Nuno Pereira (pictured above), chief executive officer for Bestfly, said: “We want customers to automatically associate Bestfly with best-in-class operations and to choose us when travelling in Angola. The Stage 2 accreditation gives them the assurance that we operate to the same high standards as other leading international business aviation organizations. As Angola and Africa continues to develop its business aviation sector we hope that more African companies will be inspired to achieve the IS-BAO accreditation.”
IS-BAO Stage 2 assesses the maturity of Bestfly’s Safety Management System (SMS), proving the company is successfully implementing the highest levels of operational safety, and mitigating risk by adhering to its robust SMS.
IS-BAO Stage 1 was awarded to Bestfly in May 2017, confirming the business had closely reviewed its operations to establish and follow an SMS, meeting the necessary standards required for IS-BAO certification.
GCS Safety Solutions, in Switzerland, conducted a thorough audit which took roughly two months to complete, with minimal recommendations made. Bestfly has also been certified by the Angolan CAA, and the Aruban Department of Civil Aviation and holds AOCs from each.
As well as being audited and approved by leading oil and gas companies, Bestfly holds Third Country Operators approval from EASA, supporting its work operating and assisting foreign-registered aircraft.