Vietnam Airlines Safety Records
Vietnam Airlines has one of the lowest numbers of bad records with regard to safety issues. There have not been any fatal accidents since 1997 and the fleet has constantly improved ever since.
Recent incidents only involve some emergency landings due to technical problems or petty jokes about bomb threat. On the database of the Aviation Safety Network, Vietnam Airlines has had only 6 occurrences since the 1990s and only two cases involve fatalities.
These jokes were later treated as serious offense. The good safety record of Vietnam Airlines may be explained by its prestige as Vietnamese national airlines and also its main operation of shorter haul flights compared with other national airlines such as Cathay Pacific or Air France. The longest route that Vietnam Airlines currently fly to is from Vietnam to Paris and London.
In 2006, Vietnam Airlines was awarded with the Operational Safety Audit Certificate by IATA - a safety standard set applied to all international airlines. The award also grants Vietnam Airlines a membership position in the prestigious IATA of the same year.