XTRA Airways® Receives Safety Management System (SMS) Acceptance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Coral Gables, Fla., December 1, 2017 – XTRA Airways is pleased to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has accepted the airline’s Safety Management System (SMS), in compliance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 5. XTRA Airways is one of the first U.S. airlines to reach this milestone.

SMS is a formal, top-down, organization-wide approach to managing safety risk and assuring the effectiveness of safety risk controls. Comprised of four components, SMS includes safety policy, safety risk management, safety assurance, and safety promotion.

“Safety is the number one priority at XTRA Airways,” said Frank Visconti, Chief Executive Officer. “I would like to congratulate our team for working tirelessly over the past three years to assure our compliance. Going forward, it is important that we assure the SMS is further developed within the airline, remaining a primary objective and centerpiece of all we do.”

XTRA Airways treats safety with the same priority as other core business functions. Advocating and strengthening a positive safety culture and encouraging employees to report incidents or accidents—without fear of reprisal—is a top priority. Safety reports are analyzed and findings are resolved through corrective action rather than punishment or discipline. Front-line employees are the eyes and ears of the operation and their feedback is an essential part of a strong SMS program.

Founded in 1987, XTRA Airways is a commercial charter airline specializing in group air travel throughout the Americas. The company operates a modern fleet of Boeing 737-400 and 737-800 aircraft, and is certified under the FAA Part 121 Flag regulations designated for all major U.S. airlines. Customers include corporate incentive groups, sports teams, entertainers, civic leaders, students, and other groups. XTRA Airways is headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida.

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For more information, contact Lyndelle Nieuwkerk by calling (305) 764-3200 or via e-mail at lyndelle.nieuwkerk@xtraairways.com.