The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has developed the commercial standards for the airline industry, and conducts safety audits of the airlines that the laid down procedures are followed or not and certifies them.
Erstwhile Air India, had in 2003, was the first airline in India to clear the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).
"Air India achieved another milestone when it became the first airline, providing ground services in India, to earn the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) recognition," an airline spokesperson said.
The ISAGO audits were conducted jointly by an auditor from IATA and auditors from the airline.
During the audit, airline's headquarters' organisation and management systems as well as the management system at various stations (airports), were assessed on the parameters like passenger and baggage handling, load control, aircraft handling and loading, aircraft ground movement, cargo and mail handling.
"After this, we are now officially recognised as the safest airline. This would give Air India an edge over others in providing ground handling services to international carrier if they come to India," said a senior Air India official.
The airline's Quality Management System (QMS) unit had ensured timely and successful registration of IOSA as well as ISAGO for Air India, he added.
The ISAGO registration reiterates Air India's commitment to achieve excellence in safety and quality standards in all spheres of aviation.
ISAGO Compliance will reduce costs, enhance safety standards and ensure greater safety and quality standards.
IATA has 230 airlines as its members, some of the world's leading passenger and cargo airlines, and represents 93 per cent of scheduled international air traffic.