Hanoi, Vietnam. 19 September 2023. The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) announced that the inaugural World Safety and Operations Conference (WSOC) has begun in Hanoi, Vietnam under the theme “Leadership in Action: Driving Safer and More Efficient Operations.” Vietnam Airlines is the host carrier for the WSOC, which is the industry’s premiere gathering to examine all aspects of safety, including flight operations, cabin operations, and emergency response. It is the first time that IATA has held a safety conference in Vietnam.

Opening speeches are being delivered by:

  • Tran Luu Quang, Deputy Prime Minister, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • Nguyen Van Thang, Vietnam Ministry of Transport, and
  • Dang Ngoc Hoa, Chairman of Vietnam Airlines.

“Safety is aviation’s highest priority, and this is reflected in the high levels of government participation and the fact that over 550 safety professionals from approximately 100 airlines, aviation regulators, aircraft manufacturers, and other safety stakeholders are in attendance. With its location in the heart of Asia and strong economic growth, Vietnam provides an ideal venue for the WSOC. We’re excited to have Vietnam Airlines, which has a growing route network connecting the region and the globe, as our host airline,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

“Safety is at the core of every airline. As Vietnam’s national airline, Vietnam Airlines has always remained committed to our vision, mission and core values as a responsible airline group. We are pleased to welcome the global safety community to Hanoi to share insights, expand knowledge and together transform for the safer aviation industry,” said Vietnam Airlines President and CEO Le Hong Ha, who is participating on the CEO panel, along with Philippine Airlines President and COO Stanley K. Ng and Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior VP, Operations, Safety and Security