Mr Blair Cowles presents the IOSA certificate to Dr Somephone Douangdara.
Lao Airlines receives IOSA certification
Laos' flag carrier, Lao Airlines, has achieved globally recognised International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification following a comprehensive assessment of its operational management and control systems.
The handover ceremony of the IOSA certificate took place yesterday in Vientiane, attended by Minister of Public Works and Transport Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong, President of Lao Airlines Dr Somephone Douangdara, senior representative from IATA Mr Blair Cowles, the executive board and staff.
According to the company, Lao Airlines is the first airline within Laos to earn the coveted IOSA Registration status.
Lao Airlines said that it had been successfully evaluated against more than 900 audit standards and recommended practices across eight disciplines including management organisation, operations, maintenance and engineering, ground operations, and aviation security.
The new certification allows Lao Airlines to better manage audit redundancy, improve audit efficiency, and collaboratively raise overall levels of safety performance across the growing Lao aviation industry.
IOSA certification is an internationally recognised validation of Lao Airlines' commitment to consistently and reliably deliver safe operations to its passengers based upon strict adherence to the principles of the IOSA Global Audit Programme.
In April, 2015, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Coor-dinated Validation Mission (ICVM) Team awarded Laos a high sc ore of 73 percent following an aviation procedures audit thus validating the a bsence of any Significant Safety Concerns (SSC) over the country's aviation industry management systems.
“The achievement of IOSA certification represents a significant safety achievement for Lao Airlines which will understandably enhance the trust and confidence levels among our valued customers,” Dr Somephone said.
He stated that Lao Airlines receipt of the IOSA certificate is the collective result of its strategy plan, strong systems, processes, procedures, and controls which are continually implemented by airline management and then enforced by state civil aviation authorities.
This includes the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, which has closely monitored and supported Lao Airlines on the IOSA project as well as its partners such as insurance companies and its consultant GHS, which helped Lao Airlines reach the international safety standards.
“Our commitment to the ministry as well as the IATA regional director is that we will support Lao Airlines in every way possible in order to ensure that Lao Airlines IOSA registration is maintained for many years into the future,” Dr Somephone said.
Lao Airlines has four Airbus A320-214 with seven ATR72-500 and 600 series operating to six domestic and 15 international destinations.
Following the achievement of IOSA certification, the airline plans to increase its existing domestic and international route system.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update February 6, 2016)