27th Feb 2020
Low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia on Tuesday said it has secured a major international safety certification that would help boost its safety rating as well as the entire group's.
A report by Airline Ratings said that Thai AirAsia passed a major international safety audit from the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IATA-OSA), having satisfied over 1000 parameters.
It is the sixth airline under the AirAsia Group to bag such a certificate apart from AirAsia X Thailand, Philippines AirAsia, AirAsia Malaysia, AirAsia Indonesia, and AirAsia X (Malaysia). The same certificate is being pursued by AirAsia India and AirAsia Japan.
The IOSA certification is an internationally-recognized evaluation system that assesses an airline’s operational management and control systems. It covers eight areas such as corporate organization and management systems, flight operations, operational control - flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, ground handling, cargo operations, and operational security.
The audit is compulsory for members of the IATA, and airlines that have completed such would have four-times higher safety records than those that have not.
“Our passing of the IOSA certification would not have been possible without our very capable team,” said AirAsia Thailand Chief Executive Officer Santisuk Klongchaiya.
“I thank every member for their diligence and stringent observation of safety standards. This validation is a reward to all who were involved and will go a long way to further strengthen the confidence of our passengers,” he added.
Klongchaiya said the certification was a testament that the carrier was working diligently to adhere to the highest safety standards in its operations.