PAL Group hurdles IATA global safety audit

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  • Philippine Airlines and PAL Express have completed their IATA Operational Safety Audits, which confirmed their compliance with the highest international aviation safety standards
  • The biennial safety audit conducted by the International Air Transport Association evaluates the operational management and control systems of an airline
  • IOSA is the global industry standard for airline operational safety auditing

Philippine Airlines and PAL Express (PALex) have completed their respective IATA Operational Safety Audits (IOSA), confirming the PAL Group’s compliance with the highest international aviation safety standards.

The IOSA is the internationally recognized safety evaluation system of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that “rigorously” assesses the operational management and control systems of an airline.

Conducted every two years, IOSA is accepted by top government authorities as the global industry standard for airline safety assessments.

“I congratulate the men and women of Philippine Airlines for their collective effort in sustaining work processes that align with global aviation safety standards,” PAL president and chief operating officer Captain Stanley Ng said in a statement.

“We all commit to live and promote a culture of safety above all, the cornerstone of PAL operations. As the aviation industry strives to meet the surge in travel demand, the safety of our flights and our passengers remains our top priority.”

PAL Group’s low-cost carrier PALex similarly lauded its personnel for adhering to the group’s “culture of safety”.

“The unwavering commitment to maintaining a culture of safety, as signified by passing the audits on a regular basis, is a testament to the dedication and professionalism of the entire organization, which consistently strive to maintain the highest standards of safety excellence,” PALex president Rabbi Vincent Ang said.

The IOSA audit asserts that PAL and PALex are committed to adhering to safety standards in flight operations, aircraft engineering and maintenance, organization and management, operational control and flight dispatch, cabin operations, ground handling operations, cargo operations, and security management.

This is PAL’s 9th consecutive IOSA renewal since its first registration for the IATA audit in 2006. It also marks nearly two decades of consistent work by the flag carrier in ensuring operational safety. The new IOSA registration is valid until April 10, 2025.

Similarly, PALex marked its adherence to the global standard with its 5th successful IOSA renewal after entering the IOSA Registry in 2014. PALex’ current registration is valid until March 28, 2025.