Strategic Partners in this Area of Involvement will have numerous opportunities to interact with IATA Subject Matter Experts and explore issues of critical importance through several task forces.

Safety Strategic Partnerships Summary

Safety is the aviation industry’s top priority and IATA remains committed to improving global aviation safety performance through the reduction of incident and accident rates. The safety strategy focuses on three pillars: Safety Leadership, Safety Risk and Safety Connect.


  • Be informed of the hot topics and global industry perspective on safety priorities through IATA-driven industry projects and task forces
  • Invitations to partake in specific task forces and dedicated workshops with the aim of developing key industry solutions
  • Direct access to IATA Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
  • Receive preferred rates and opportunities when attending the annual World Safety and Operations Conference (WSOC) 


Accident Classification Task Force (ACTF) - by invitation only

The ACTF classifies and analyzes aviation accidents to produce the IATA Annual Safety Report as well as identifying trends and matters of concern in aviation safety in order to develop prevention strategies to enhance safety issues that can relate to all aspects of operations, including design issues.

Fatigue Risk Management Task Force (FMTF) - by invitation only
The FMTF has been established to highlight the importance of managing fatigue, promote industry collaboration in doing so, and to develop practical tools and guidance to provide operators the means to:

  • Identify and manage efficiently the safety risks related to fatigue across all aviation disciplines and realize the operational benefits associated with fatigue management implementation
  • Clarify the distinction between a prescriptive fatigue management approach and FRMS in the aviation industry, utilizing a tiered approach for performance-based fatigue management
  • Develop an awareness campaign for Regulators, as well as providing IATA with guidance and expertise in the development of training material, fatigue-related IOSA SARPs, and fatigue-related reporting taxonomy

Cabin Operations Safety Task Force (COSTF) - by invitation only
The COSTF meets regularly and consists of IATA member airline cabin safety specialists. This task force reviews all aspects of cabin operations and design in order to improve safety and operational efficiencies by developing recommended best practices for cabin operations. The COSTF is a "working group" of safety professionals with a goal to produce documentation and safety materials that will assist other airlines in setting up effective processes for the safe operation of commercial passenger aircraft. This work contributes to the reduction of incidents, accidents and costs to airlines. The COSTF has developed guidance in turbulence management, inadvertent slide deployment prevention and safety management system (SMS) in cabin operations, as well as many other topics in the Cabin Operations Safety Best Practice Guide. The COSTF aims to support operators with tools of best practice suggestions to ensure the appropriate areas of safety management are incorporated into all airline cabin operations. The key elements of focus are:

  • Cabin Emergency Equipment
  • Compliance with standards and procedures
  • Risk Assessment
  • Fatigue Risk Management
  • Cabin Safety Reporting
  • Accident and Incident investigations
  • Quality Control and Auditing

The group also reviews issues such as aircraft cabin systems and equipment design to enhance safety and operational efficiency.

Focus Areas

  • Human Factors
  • Fatigue Management
  • Safety Culture
  • Accident Analysis and Prevention
  • Safety Data Management
  • Cabin Operations and Design
  • Training
  • Safety Management (SMS / SSP)

Designed for

  • Aircraft manufacturers
  • Avionics manufacturers
  • Aircraft engine providers
  • Software/Data solutions providers
  • Cabin equipment manufacturers

Please view the full list of Strategic Partnerships Program benefits (pdf).