Air Vanuatu retains world’s best ranking

Air Vanuatu has confirmed its place in the ranks of the world's best and safest airlines after successfully completing the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

The announcement was officially conveyed by IATA on 20th December with Air Vanuatu's addition to the IOSA Registry.

To become a registered IOSA carrier, airlines must satisfy IATA's 982-plus conditions, covering all aspects of airline operations, from safety systems, training and reporting to flight operations.

Chief Executive Officer Joseph Laloyer said the results of the 2013 audit are the best Air Vanuatu had ever achieved by undertaking the full process internally without participation from external consultants.

"Gaining IOSA accreditation is a lengthy and stringent process. Our executive managers, line managers and frontline staff were all involved and worked very hard over the last 12 months of the audit process."

Mr. Laloyer said the audit was conducted in June 2013 and took longer than expected with a number of auditors from Aviation Quality Services (AQS) from Europe ensuring Air Vanuatu not only had documented procedures in place, but also implemented those procedures according to IOSA standards.

Mr. Laloyer said the 2013 result reflects the commitment of the current board and management to implement and strictly adhere to a safety first policy.

"This is another milestone for Air Vanuatu. I am very proud to share the stage with internationally renowned airlines for safety, security and service," he said.

"It is a great result and I thank our staff for their dedicated effort and commitment to safety and security procedures," Mr. Laloyer said.

Mr. Laloyer said Air Vanuatu's codeshare partners had been informed of the extended  IOSA membership and was looking forward to working with them again in 2014.

Media inquiries: Tiffany Carroll Tel +678 7747153






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