FAA accepts Alaska Airlines' safety management system

The Federal Aviation Administration has notified Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air that it has accepted each airline´s safety management system (SMS), following a five-year effort to develop and refine a comprehensive, modern SMS for each airline, the company said.

A 2015 FAA rule requires all US airlines to create a sophisticated SMS by January 2018. SMS is an evolution in safety and builds on the existing safety programs of Alaska and Horizon.

Alaska Airlines, together with its regional partners, flies 32 million customers a year to more than 110 cities with an average of 970 daily flights throughout the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and soon Cuba.