Vietnam Airlines to host 2023 World Aviation Safety Conference

A Vietnam Airlines jet in flight.
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Len Varley - Assistant Editor 5 Min Read
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Vietnamese national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has been chosen as the host airline for the upcoming 2023 World Aviation Safety and Operations Conference (WSOC).

Organized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), this prominent event is set to take place in Hanoi, Vietnam from September 19 to 21, 2023.

Merging the renowned Cabin Ops Safety Conference, the IATA Safety Conference, the Emergency Response Planning Forum, and the Aircraft Recovery Forum, the WSOC will be an important summit event for the aviation sector.

Fostering Operational Safety

Vietnam Airlines’ selection as the host airline for this prestigious event is not only a testament to the airline’s standing within the industry but also a nod to its unwavering commitment to safety.

The assembly of aviation leaders and delegates from around the world under one roof presents a unique opportunity for Vietnam Airlines to showcase the splendor of its homeland while fostering future network expansion and robust economic ties between Vietnam and the global community.

“Amid open borders, bustling airports, and brimming flights, the imperative for unwavering commitment to safe operations remains as we reconstruct airline networks and financial standings,” asserted Willie Walsh, the Director General of IATA.


“WSOC emerges as the platform to discourse and deliberate upon the present challenges and prospects, thereby steering the industry towards a trajectory of enhanced safety and operational efficiency.”

Undoubtedly, safety remains the paramount priority in the aviation realm, forming the cornerstone of all practices and operations undertaken by Vietnam Airlines.

The honor of being the host airline for this inaugural conference holds immense significance, ushering in a congregation of pioneering leaders, regulators, and a larger global community, converging to deliberate on pivotal subjects pertaining to safety and infrastructure.

Le Hong Ha, the President and CEO of Vietnam Airlines, who will grace the WSOC Opening Plenary alongside Walsh, expressed his enthusiasm, saying:

“We eagerly embrace the role of host airline for this significant conference, uniting cutting-edge leaders, regulators, and a broader global community to address crucial topics that underpin safety and infrastructure, fostering robust safety measures across the wider industry.”

An Vietnam Airlines Airbus aircraft waits at Narita terminal as another one leaves.
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Session Topic Areas

The WSOC will unfold across multiple session tracks that encompass pivotal aspects of aviation safety and operations, ensuring a comprehensive and insightful discourse. These tracks include:


Exploring the realms of risk mitigation and incident prevention, this track delves into the Risk-Based IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), shedding light on approaches that bolster safety across all operational fronts.

Cabin Operations

This track zeros in on the well-being of cabin crew members and passengers alike. Topics range from cabin crew training and well-being to the management of unruly passengers, collectively shaping a safer and more pleasant in-flight experience.

Flight Operations

Navigating the skies involves a multitude of intricate operations. This track embraces discussions on regional aircraft operations, insights gleaned from recent accidents and incidents, and performance-based training approaches.

Emergency Response Planning and Aircraft Recovery

In an industry that values preparedness, this track unearths the nuances of runway safety, the digital transformation of aircraft flight and technical operations, as well as strategies for swift aircraft recovery and effective crisis communications.

About Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Airlines, a member of Skyteam Alliance, is the flag carrier of Vietnam, connecting the world’s most thriving destinations, domestically, regionally and globally, operating 97 routes to 22 domestic and 27 international destinations.

Vietnam Airlines boasts one of the youngest and modern fleets in Asia, highlighted by their Boeing 787-9, 787-10 Dreamliners, Airbus A350-900 XWBs and Airbus A321neo.

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