Press releases & statements



July 13, 2023


Philippine Airlines (PAL) and PAL Express (PALex) have successfully completed their respective IATA Operational Safety Audits (IOSA) confirming the PAL Group's conformance 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, the IOSA is accepted by top government authorities as the gold standard in airline safety assessments.


PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Captain Stanley K. Ng said, “I congratulate the men and women of Philippine Airlines for their collective effort in sustaining work processes that align with global aviation safety standards. 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.”


The IOSA audit affirms that PAL and PAL Express are committed to adhere to safety standards in the areas of 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 successful IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) renewal, marking nearly two decades of consistent work in Operational Safety by the flag carrier. PAL’s first IOSA registration was in 2006. The new IOSA registration is valid until April 10, 2025. 


Similarly, PAL Express marked its adherence to the global standard with its 5th successful IOSA renewal. PAL Express first entered the IOSA Registry in 2014. Its current IOSA registration is valid until March 28, 2025.


PAL Express President Rabbi Vincent L. Ang said: “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."


To maintain its membership with IATA, the global aviation body, the airlines of the PAL Group are mandated to complete the IOSA re-certification once every two years.


As the Philippines’ only full-service airline network, the PAL Group operates extensive domestic flights within the Philippines and international nonstop flights to North America, the Middle East, Australia and various points in Asia.