The International Air Transport Association (IATA) renews its IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate awarded for low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific. (Photo courtesy of Jetstar Pacific)

Hanoi (VNA) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has renewed its IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate awarded for low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific, the airline announced on September 11.

Jetstar Pacific has met more than 800 of the latest standards and recommended practices on operational safety management set by the IATA in order to get the accreditation.

Reaching the high safety standards set by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam and the IATA demonstrate the airline’s top priority of ensuring the safety of their passengers and crew members, said Jetstar Pacific General Director Nguyen Quoc Phuong.

The IOSA certification will increase the firm’s reliability in cooperation with international aviation organisations, he noted, adding that it once again exemplifies the enthusiastic efforts made by the airline’s staff to guarantee the passengers’ safety and satisfaction on each flight.

The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) programme is an internationally-recognised and accepted evaluation system, designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. It is seen by the aviation industry as the global benchmark of safety management.

The audit covers eight functional and operational areas, namely organisation and management system, flight operations, operational control and flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, ground handling operations, cargo operations, and security management.

The companies are subsequently included in the IOSA registry for a period of 2 years following an audit carried out by a separate organisation accredited by IATA.

Last week, Jetstar Pacific announced a new codeshare agreement with Dubai-based carrier Emirates, which allows Emirates passengers to enjoy smooth connectivity on domestic flights within Vietnam, in addition to flights connecting Vietnam to Singapore, Thailand, and Australia.

Jetstar Pacific, whose two major shareholders are Vietnam Airlines and Australia-based Qantas Group, is the first budget airline in Vietnam. It operates flights between 16 destinations in Vietnam and 180 others in 18 countries and territories around the world.–VNA