The acting general director of the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC), Héctor Porcella, officially delivered the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to the Dominican low-fare airline, Arajet, which formally authorizes it to start commercial air transport operations, as an instrument of operational safety.
Porcella also delivered to Victor Pacheco Mendez, executive president of Arajet, the Operations Specifications, a complementary instrument that the IDAC, as authority, defines and limits the operations for each aircraft model of an air operator.
“From this moment on, Arajet is formally authorized to carry out scheduled and non-scheduled air operations (charter flights), air cargo and mail. Likewise, this certification empowers this airline to formalize negotiations with any other airline, from anywhere in the world, always under the tutelage of the civil aviation authorities involved,” said Porcella.
The president of Arajet explained that this certification is the materialization of five years of hard work, which “allows us to become the national airline and offer the Dominican diaspora and all our passengers from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, direct flights to and from Santo Domingo with low prices, world-class service and the best punctuality”.
“We are very proud and optimistic to have received the Certificate of Operations from the IDAC. Our commitment, hand in hand with our investors, is to guarantee operational and financial success, to take the Dominican Republic higher and further, strengthening its area connectivity and opening greater opportunities for the commercial and tourism development of the country” concluded Pacheco Méndez.
Arajet received its certification after going through a rigorous and thorough legal and regulatory structuring process, as well as evaluations, validations and training by the Authority. Its operational manuals, technical personnel, operating equipment and operations support, as well as normal and emergency procedures that guarantee the effectiveness and safety of operations, were also supervised and approved.
The acting general director of the IDAC urged Arajet executives to operate “in accordance with the norms and principles of operational safety, with responsibility and pride, since air connectivity is a key economic facilitator to boost productivity, being one of the most important engines for the economic and social growth of the country and of the passengers who benefit from this connectivity”.
Porcella concluded by saying that with this milestone “Dominican aviation is getting stronger and stronger, and proof of this is that this airline that today received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) will use Boeing 737 MAX aircraft of the latest generation and highly efficient, within a modern aviation market and increasingly demanding safety and comfort”.