The basis of the contract between airlines and their customers, safety is a priority for any company and, as such, is subject to extensive controls and certifications. Air France fully satisfies the highest air transport standards: on a global level with IATA (International Air Transport Association), on a European level with EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) and on a national level with the DGAC (French Civil Aviation Authority, its supervisory body).
The highest level of safety culture
Well beyond European, French and international standards, Air France places flight safety at the heart of its corporate culture and continuously reaffirms safety as absolutely essential. This corporate culture is carried to the highest level of the company, through the personal commitment of each member of the Executive Committee. A Flight Safety Committee has also been set up within the Board of Directors to discuss these issues.
A process of continuous progress on a daily basis
Air France’s safety management system relies on an organized, coherent and structured approach. It is the result of a commitment from all company staff: on board, of course, with pilots and flight attendants, but also on the ground in hangars and maintenance facilities, in cargo terminals, at every airport and on the ramp.
Beyond the necessary compliance with rules and procedures, Air France's flight safety approach aims to create real momentum for sustainable progress, both individually and collectively, to bring safety to the highest possible level. It is based on daily commitment, through key principles, such as transparency and individual responsibility.
Flight security: a daily concern 24/7
Ensuring the security of Air France flights in nearly 100 countries and 200 cities around the world is a constant concern for the company.
At Air France, 40 security experts work on a daily basis to protect the company’s passengers, staff and assets against any act of unlawful interference: hijacking, terrorist attacks and other anonymous threats. The Security Division is assisted by other departments and at airports by a network of security correspondents to ensure the company’s strategy in this field is optimally applied.
All staff members, whatever their role, are link in the security chain, trained and aware of these issues which are an integral part of daily operations at Air France.
In a highly regulated field, Air France works on the implementation of security measures in close collaboration with many different stakeholders:
- airports in France and abroad,
- various departments of the Ministries of the Interior, Defence and Foreign Affairs: Air Transport Police, Border Police, International Cooperation, Intelligence, etc.
- the DGAC (French Civil Aviation Authority) in France as well as the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) within the European Union and the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) on a global level.
In addition, to ensure the highest level of protection for its customers, its employees and assets, Air France implements specific additional security measures at some stations.
This responsibility depends on the direct authority of the CEO of Air France.