From the MH17 tragedy: Reviewing Vietnam’s flight safety

21/07/2014


After the MH370 and now, the MH17 tragedy, which cost 298 lives and many other cases, it’s time for Vietnam’s aviation sector to review its technology and safety.
Air transport in Vietnam is the commercial air transport of passengers, freight and mail within Vietnam and between Vietnam and the rest of the world. The government's Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, the aviation authority under the Ministry of Transport of Vietnam, oversees the operations of aviation activities in the country.
Air transport in Vietnam started with the founding of the Vietnam Civil Aviation in January 1956 by the Vietnam People's Air Force (Ministry of Defense), upon the issuance of Decision No.666/TTG of the Vietnamese government. The authority was originally tasked with state management, national defense, and commercialization of air transportation. The aviation sector expanded greatly during its formative years, expanding from a few aircraft in what was then North Vietnam to eventually include a fleet of over 50 aircraft (including both Soviet- and US-made) in a unified Vietnam after 1976. Infrastructure was improved during this time, as airports country-wide were equipped with better facilities and materials for flight management and operations
As of 2010, seven domestic and 47 foreign airlines operate within, to and from Vietnam. Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific Airlines are the two largest domestic carrier. There are 22 airports in operations throughout Vietnam, of which 9 are international. Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Noi Bai International Airport and Da Nang International Airport are the major gateways, handling most of international flights.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Vietnam is projected to be the third fastest-growing market for freight and international passengers behind the People's Republic of China and the United Arab Emirates,[4] at 10.2% annually until 2014.[5] Domestically, Vietnam will have the second fastest-growing passenger market behind China.
Vietnam’s aviation sector needs a breakthrough in human resources, especially when airlines are expanding their fleets, launching new routes and preparing for their initial public offerings (IPO).
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has set the target that by 2020, the sector’s workforce will be able to meet all demands for pilots and requirements on management, exploitation and maintenance.
Airlines revealed that the largest difficulty for them now is insufficient and weak human resources, forcing them to hire foreign employees at a much higher cost than the local ones. At present, except for the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, all the airlines have to hire most of their pilots and engineers from abroad.
In a bid to address the human resource issue, the Ministry of Transport has entrusted the CAAV in collaboration with the Vietnam Aviation Academy to train aviation human resources, considering it a breakthrough in the aviation transport development strategy by 2020.
But now, after many airline accidents, Vietnamese authorities should enhance the procedure of managing and supervising flights to prevent tragedies like these. And, passengers can be assured while taking flights, we don’t want another MH17 or 370 in Vietnam.
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All comments [ 10 ]


Quốc Kiên 11/8/14 19:55

Yeah, now I feel uncertainty when taking a flight. We can't know what could happen. Just close your eyes and pray!

Lê Tín 11/8/14 20:12

Hope our authorities do all best to secure flights.

Quân Hoàng 11/8/14 20:19

MH370 will be a century secret, no one know its' fate, lucky for us not being on that plane, R.I.P all passengers!

Hùng Quân 11/8/14 20:21

Vietnam’s aviation sector needs a breakthrough in human resources, especially when airlines are expanding their fleets, launching new routes and preparing for their initial public offerings

Hoàng Lân 11/8/14 21:37

Maybe Vietnam Airline is the safest ariliner in the world.

Phạm Hiếu 11/8/14 21:40

all the airlines have to hire most of their pilots and engineers from abroad. When can we have our own pilots and engineers?

Quốc Cường 11/8/14 21:44

I totally believe that MH17 was shot down by Ukrainian military with US' help.

Huy Quốc 11/8/14 21:49

I think we have a lot of things to do to ensure the safety of filghts. God bless Vietnam, we don't need an example to recognize the importance of airline management.

Huy Lâm 11/8/14 21:51

Vietnamese authorities should enhance the procedure of managing and supervising flights to prevent tragedies like these.

Vân Nhàn 11/8/14 21:57

In my opinion, no pain no gain, in comparision with other means of transport, air transport is still the safest means. If you don't want to take risk, just stay home.

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