Lao Airlines
Lao Airlines Logo
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded10 January 1976; 48 years ago (1976-01-10)
HubsWattay International Airport
Luang Prabang International Airport
Frequent-flyer programChampa Muang Lao
Fleet size11
HeadquartersVientiane, Laos
Key peopleMr Khamla Phommavanh

Lao Airlines State Enterprise[2] (Lao: ລັດວິສາຫະກິດການບິນລາວ; Thai: รัฐวิสาหกิจการบินลาว) is the national airline of Laos, headquartered in Vientiane. It operates domestic and international services to countries such as Cambodia, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Its main operating base is Wattay International Airport in Vientiane.[3] It is subordinate to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.[2]


Lao Airlines ATR 72-500 at Wattay International Airport, Vientiane
Lao Airlines ATR 72-200 (RDPL-34132) with plumeria livery at Pakse International Airport, Laos

In September 1976, the company was formed from the merger of existing airlines Royal Air Lao and Lao Air Lines.[4] The company became Lao Aviation in 1979.[citation needed]

In 2000, a joint venture with China Yunnan Airlines and the Lao government was formed which re-nationalized Lao Aviation.[citation needed]

The A320s are the first jet aircraft to be purchased by Lao Airlines and feature a two-class layout seating 126 passengers in the main cabin and 16 in Business Class, and they are powered by CFM International CFM56 engines.[5]


As of December 2023, Lao Airlines serves a total of 23 destinations in Asia.[6][7]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Cambodia Phnom Penh Phnom Penh International Airport
Siem Reap Siem Reap International Airport Airport Closed
Siem Reap–Angkor International Airport
China Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport
Changsha Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Chengdu Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport Terminated
Changzhou Changzhou Benniu International Airport
Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Hangzhou Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Jinghong Xishuangbanna Gasa International Airport
Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport
Kunming Wujiaba International Airport Airport Closed
Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Wenzhou Wenzhou Longwan International Airport
Japan Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport Future
Mashiki Kumamoto Airport Future
Laos Attapeu Attapeu International Airport Terminated
Ban Houayxay Ban Huoeisay Airport Terminated
Luang Namtha Louang Namtha Airport
Luang Prabang Luang Prabang International Airport Hub
Muang Xay Oudomsay Airport Terminated
Pakse Pakse International Airport
Phongsali Boun Neua Airport Terminated
Phonsavan Xieng Khouang Airport
Savannakhet Savannakhet Airport
Sainyabuli Sayaboury Airport Terminated
Vientiane Wattay International Airport Hub
Xam Neua Nathong Airport
Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Terminated
South Korea Busan Gimhae International Airport Terminated
Muan Muan International Airport Terminated
Seoul Incheon International Airport
Thailand Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport Terminated
Suvarnabhumi Airport
Chiang Mai Chiang Mai International Airport
Udon Thani Udon Thani International Airport Terminated
Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport Terminated
Hanoi Gia Lam Airport Airport Closed
Noi Bai International Airport
Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Codeshare agreements

Lao Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[8]


As of December 2023, Lao Airlines operates the following aircraft:[9][10]

Lao Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A320-200 4 16 126 142
8 150 158
ATR 72-500 4 70 70
ATR 72-600 3 70 70
Total 11 0

Retired fleet

Lao Airlines retired fleet
Aircraft Fleet Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A320-200 1 2003 2005
ATR 42-300 1 1994 1996
ATR 72-200 2 1996 2011
Boeing 737-200 1 1996 1998


Lao Airlines aircraft feature a plumeria insignia on their vertical stabilizers. The Plumeria is an official national flower of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The words "Lao Airlines" are colored in blue.[citation needed]

Accidents and incidents


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  2. ^ a b "Press Release #4 Archived 2013-10-21 at" (Archive) Lao Airlines. 18 October 2013. Retrieved on 20 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. pp. 104–105.
  4. ^ "About Lao Airlines". Lao Airlines. Archived from the original on 2014-05-26. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  5. ^ "Press releases". airbus. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  6. ^ Lao Airlines Route Map Archived 2010-12-23 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-06-06. Retrieved 2017-06-14.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Code share flight". Lao Airlines. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  9. ^ "Lao Airlines | Lao Airlines Official Website".
  10. ^ "Lao Airlines Fleet | Airfleets aviation".
  11. ^ Accident description for RDPL-34037 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 October 2013.
  12. ^ Accident description for RDPL-34037 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 October 2013.
  13. ^ Accident description for RDPL-34008 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 October 2013.
  14. ^ Accident description for RDPL-34117 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 October 2013.
  15. ^ Accident description for RDPL-34001 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 October 2013.
  16. ^ Accident description for RDPL-34130 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 17 October 2013.
  17. ^ "Crash of a Harbin Yunshuji Y-12-II in Sam Neua". Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives.
  18. ^ Accident description for RDPL-34118 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 October 2013.
  19. ^ "Lao Airlines plane crashes, 44 killed". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  20. ^ "Plane crashes in Laos, 39 people killed: Thai TV". Reuters. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.