Asiana Airlines hires new head of safety

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Asiana Airlines has hired a new head of safety, four months after one of its Boeing 777-200ER had a fatal crash in San Francisco.

Yamamura Akiyoshi will join Asiana as a senior executive vice-president in charge of safety and security management, effective 1 December.

“I will focus on figuring out risk factors that can occur in the aviation industry and coming up with preventive measures. In addition, I will analyse proven worldwide aviation safety cases. The analysis will be applied to Asiana’s existing safety culture and continue to build the optimum safety management system,” says Akiyoshi.

As part of its efforts to strengthen safety measures, Asiana has also evaluated its safety and security division and broken it into three teams focusing on: safety audit, safety prevention and aviation security. The division will report directly to the carrier's president and chief executive, Yoon Young-Doo.

Akiyoshi has 40 years of experience at Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways, having worked in various roles, including director of corporate safety audit and general manager of flight operation. Most recently, he was in charge of safety inspectors at IATA.