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Report of the Safety Review Committee

Members: Ken Smart (Chairman), Baroness Kingsmill and Baroness Symons.

The Safety Review Committee meets at least four times per year to consider matters relating to the operational safety of the airline and subsidiary airlines as well as health and safety issues. The full terms of reference, which were amended during the year, are available on the Company’s investor relations website,

The Safety Review Committee reviews reports from the various safety boards within the airline including the senior management’s safety review board. Where appropriate, the Committee also reviews relevant reports published by the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB), major incidents to other operators and external reports. During 2008/09, issues raised at the Safety Review Committee included:

  • An understanding of the background to the Boeing 777 short landing at Heathrow on January 17, 2008, and the processes put in place to assure the Board of the continuing airworthiness of the Boeing 777 fleet. Significantly, as the investigation proceeded, the Safety Review Committee received detailed briefings on the aircraft’s fuel systems, the manner in which ice can be formed within the system and the precautions required by the Certification Authorities to ensure safe operation;
  • The oversight of the management reduction programme to ensure ongoing safety and compliance; and
  • The oversight of the start-up of the OpenSkies operation.

The Chief Executive is the named Accountable Manager for the Company for the purposes of the Air Operators Certificate and EU Ops (EU Ops which are prescribed in Annex 111 to EU Regulation No. 3922/1991 replaced the former Joint Airworthiness Requirements (JAR-OPS) in July, 2008). As the Accountable Manager, he chairs quarterly meetings with the four Nominated Postholders (the executives responsible to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for safety in the various operational departments of the Company) along with the Director of Safety and Security, the Head of Aviation Safety, the Head of Operational Safety and the Head of Operational Risk and Compliance. These meetings review operational compliance, quality and safety, monitor the effectiveness of the corporate safety management system and agree cross-departmental policy as appropriate. The Accountable Manager’s meetings allow him to review any issues with the Nominated Postholders and seek the necessary assurances that the Company is compliant with the relevant regulations.

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