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Gannett Flight Receives IS-BAO Certification

DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, VA – Gannett Flight, the aviation department of Gannett Co., Inc., has been certified to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), a code of best practices designed to foster standardized, safe and highly professional aircraft operations.

With this certification, Gannett Flight is believed to be the only corporate aviation department in the United States rated as IS-BAO and ISO 9002, an international quality assurance standard.

An auditor approved by the International Business Aviation Council, Ltd. (IBAC) certified Gannett Flight as of Jan. 1, 2004 after a 1 1/2 -day, on site examination of the safety management system, flight and maintenance manuals, management practices; the airplanes; and the facilities.

“This shows what we’ve long believed. Gannett Flight is the safest, most reliable and most efficient operation of its kind in corporate America. This certification is proof that their standards are the best in the world,” said Tom Chapple, senior vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel of Gannett.

The IBAC is a non-profit, non-governmental association which represents, promotes and protects the interests of business aviation in international policy and regulatory venues. IS-BAO was developed by the IBAC as a code of best practices to build on the excellent safety record already established by business aviation.

Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 101 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns more than 500 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company. Newsquest publishes more than 300 titles, including 17 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 22 television stations in the United States and is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by its TV stations and newspapers including, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.

For more information, contact:
Christopher Fedick
Safety Coordinator
(703) 661-8490