An International Air Transport Association commission headed by the technical director of IATA, Donald Van Dyke, conducted an audit in Novosibirsk, Western Siberia last week, reported the public relations department of Sibir Airlines on Tuesday. The purpose of the audit was to find out if the standards employed by Sibir Airlines correspond with internationally accepted IATA norms. "We found the company manages its production very well," said Van Dyke after the audit. "I am now going to submit the results of our work to the leadership of IATA and recommend Sibir Airlines as a candidate for IATA membership. Once Sibir is a member of the global aviation network, its specialists will gain access to the best achievements of international civil aviation." The official web site for the International Air Transport Association has already added Sibir Airlines to the list of the 279 IATA members.
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