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21st Oct 2002, 18:34
Tue "The Australian" 22/10/02

Qantas arm set for take-off

QANTAS'S new no-frills subsidiary Australian Airlines has been cleared for take-off to Asia from Sunday with the handover of its air operator's certificate.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority director Mick Toller presented it to Australian Airlines chief executive Denis Adams at CASA's Canberra headquarters.

The air operator's certificate meant Australia's newest international airline complied with strict air safety rules administered by CASA.

The certificate was supported by approved manuals detailing how the new airline would operate, training and checking for pilots, and control of maintenance.

This comprehensive package would be used daily by airline staff to ensure operations met all safety requirements and formed the starting point for regular safety checks and audits by CASA inspectors.

CASA also conducted a proving flight to observe Australian Airlines' pilots, cabin crew and ground staff in action and approved key operational personnel.

Mr Toller said obtaining an air operator's certificate was never easy.

"CASA sets high safety standards because that's what the Australian public demand and I'm very pleased to say Australian Airlines has met all the requirements," he said in a statement.

Australian Airlines staff and CASA inspectors worked for four months on the air operator's certificate approval process.

"People at Australian Airlines designed the systems and procedures for operating their airline safely, as well as documenting all this information," Mr Toller said.

"A team of nine CASA inspectors then had to read through literally thousands of pages of manuals to check to see that the systems and procedures will deliver high levels of safety."

Mr Adams said receiving the air operator's certificate was one of the most important milestones in the creation of a new airline.

Australian Airlines' first flight departs Cairns on Sunday afternoon for Nagoya and Osaka in Japan, with return services arriving in Cairns early on Monday.

Flights between Cairns and Fukuoka, Singapore, Taipei and Hong Kong begin on November 21 and 22.

The airline will offer daily return services to Nagoya and Osaka and three return services a week to the other cities, plus a daily connecting flight between Cairns and the Gold Coast.

Australian Airlines, flying Boeing 767-300 aircraft, will offer meals and snacks and in-flight entertainment and frequent-flyer points earned with Qantas can be redeemed on its new offshoot.