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It is now one of the world’s best and safest airlines

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, May 13, 2011) - Air Vanuatu has firmly cemented its place in the ranks of the world’s best and safest airlines with exceptional results in the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) check last week.

To become a registered IOSA carrier, airlines must satisfy IATA’s 966-plus conditions, covering all aspects of airline operations, from safety systems, training and reporting to flight operations.

The accreditation is no mean feat for the airline; fellow IOSA members include Qantas, Cathay Pacific and British Airways.

Chief Executive Officer Joseph Laloyer said the results of the 2011 audit are the best Air Vanuatu had ever achieved.

"Gaining IOSA accreditation is a lengthy and stringent process. Our general managers, managers and frontline staff are all involved in the audit.

"In 2007 Air Vanuatu participated in its first IOSA audit; we passed the registration with 98 findings – meaning areas we needed to improve on. This year, there were just 19."

Mr. Laloyer said the audit was conducted last week, with five auditors ensuring Air Vanuatu not only had documented procedures in place, but also implemented those procedures according to IOSA standards.

The airline must respond to any findings and rectify them within a short amount of time. The current findings relate to minor administrative issues which will all be closed in the coming days.

Acting Director of Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu (CAAV) Joseph Niel also observed the IOSA audit process by attending both the opening and closing meetings.

"This is an important accomplishment for the airline with regards to its business objectives and the audit also complements regulatory audits carried out on the organization by CAAV."

Mr. Laloyer said the 2011 result reflects the commitment of the current board and management to implement and strictly adhere to a safety first policy.

"This is another triumph for Air Vanuatu. We are turning the airline around, in all areas. We are now not only in a better financial position than the company was 18 months ago, but we are also a safer airline.

"I am very proud to share the stage with internationally renowned airlines for safety, security and service.

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

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