Jazz Aviation LP wins international Aviation Safety Award

May 17, 2012, 14:37 ET from Jazz Aviation LP

HALIFAX, May 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Jazz Aviation LP ("Jazz") received top honours at the 2012 European Safety Management Symposium, hosted by Baines Simmons, by besting a list of finalists to win the first Innovation in Aviation Safety Management Award.

Jazz's selection for the award was attributed to our success at integrating several existing systems into one safety and business management system. The judges' statement on selecting Jazz as the winner was: "The Jazz entry stood out for its evidence of integrating SMS across aviation safety, quality, health and safety, and business. The company demonstrated an excellent reporting culture with high reporting levels and report quality."

"We are thrilled to be recognized for our deeply entrenched safety culture," said David Deveau, Vice President of Safety, Quality and Environment at Jazz who attended the Symposium and accepted the award. "Safety is our top priority at Jazz. To see our organization receive such a high honour for innovation in what we view as a daily focus makes us incredibly proud."

"Anytime aviation safety is recognized, we all win," he said.

"We are delighted to have witnessed the enthusiasm in the industry prompted by this award. We believe it is important that we share accomplishments, celebrate success and give recognition to those organizations leading the field in aviation safety management," said Ronnie Smith, chair of the judging panel for the Innovation in Aviation Safety Management Awards and an SMS lead Consultant at Baines Simmons.

Seven finalists were chosen among submissions from individuals, teams and organizations from around the world. The award winner was announced at a gala Tuesday evening; May 15, 2012; in London, UK.

The purpose of the Award is to recognize an innovative approach to the application of aviation safety management systems and its relationship with improved business performance and profitability. Finalists were chosen based on criteria associated with innovation, enhancing aviation safety management, a business case demonstrating relevance and justification for introducing the solution.

Hosted by Baines Simmons, The European Safety Management Symposium is an increasingly popular event in the aviation industry calendar, attracting high-profile speakers and influential delegates from leading organizations in the civil, defence and regulatory sectors in the UK, Europe and beyond.

The event provides a unique networking opportunity for aviation industry leaders and safety professionals to share best practice in working towards achieving the highest standards of aviation safety.

Baines Simmons is recognized as an international market leader in the integration of safety performance management, specializing in securing organization-wide cultural engagement for effective and sustainable world class SMS. It operates as a trusted partner to more than 350 of the world's leading civil and military aviation organizations in 40 countries and has well-established links with more than 30 regulators worldwide.

About Jazz Aviation LP

Jazz Aviation LP has a strong history in Canadian aviation with its roots going back to the 1930s. Jazz is wholly owned by Chorus Aviation Inc. and continues to generate some of the strongest operational and financial results in the North American aviation industry.

There are two airline divisions operated by Jazz Aviation LP:  Air Canada Express and Jazz.

Air Canada Express:  Under a capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada, Jazz provides service to and from lower-density markets as well as higher-density markets at off-peak times throughout Canada and to and from certain destinations in the United States. Jazz currently operates scheduled passenger service on behalf of Air Canada with over 790 departures per weekday to 84 destinations in Canada and in the United States with a fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier aircraft.

Jazz: Under the Jazz brand, the airline offers charters throughout North America with a dedicated fleet of five Bombardier aircraft for corporate clients, governments, special interest groups and individuals seeking more convenience. Jazz also has the ability to offer airline operators services such as ground handling, dispatching, flight load planning, training and consulting.

SOURCE Jazz Aviation LP