Posted on: 17 August 2015 by Ross McSweeny
The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) has granted an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate to VietJet Air, confirming the airline’s commitment to deliver safe operations based on the principles stated in the IOSA standards manual.
Announcing the news at an event in Ho Chi Minh City to review the airline’s business performance for the first half of the year and discuss strategy planning for the second half of 2015, Luu Duc Khanh, Vietjet’s managing director, stated, “The IOSA certification shows that flight safety assurance is Vietjet’s top priority – this is especially impressive considering that the aviation industry in the world and the region has been growing faster and faster in terms of fleet expansion, flight network, and passenger and cargo transportation capacity over recent years.”
Blair Cowles, IATA’s Asia-Pacific regional director for safety and flight operations, added, “IOSA is an internationally accepted and recognised evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA certification involves a great deal of hard work and requires a significant commitment of people, time and resources. I would like to congratulate Vietjet for making that commitment and obtaining IOSA certification.”
At the event, Vietjet also received an Acknowledgement Certificate from Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime Minister of Vietnam, for its continued contributions to the development of Vietnam’s economy and society since it began operations three years ago.
tVietjet met the company’s planned profit for the first six months of 2015 (1H15), growing at 205% year-on-year and amassing revenue of VND5.7 trillion ($258 million). The airline’s load factor for the period was approximately 90%, with more than four million passengers carried. Altogether, the airline accounts for 70% of the country’s total domestic air transportation growth rate.
ttA VietJet training centre, which opened in early 2015, has so far trained and certified nearly 3,300 staff as well as providing 246 training courses for engineers, pilots, flight safety management team and others for aviation skills.
ttVietjet currently operates a fleet of 26 Airbus A320s and A321s with 33 domestic and international routes from Vietnam to Thailand, South Korea, Cambodia, Singapore, Taiwan and China.t