Lao Airlines
ການບິນລາວ
LaoAirlineslogo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
QV LAO LAO
Founded19 January 1976; 46 years ago (19 January 1976)
HubsWattay International Airport
Luang Prabang International Airport
Frequent-flyer programChampa Muang Lao
Fleet size11
Destinations23[1]
HeadquartersVientiane, Laos
Key peopleMr Khamla Phommavanh
Employees1000
Websitelaoairlines.com

Lao Airlines State Enterprise[2] 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]

History

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
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]

Destinations

Main article: List of Lao Airlines destinations

Codeshare agreements

Lao Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[6]

Fleet

As of July 2021, Lao Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[7][8]

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
Boeing 737-200 Un­known 1994 2003
Douglas DC-4 Un­known 1976 Un­known
Mil Mi-8 Un­known 1976 Un­known

Livery

Lao Airlines have the plumeria livery on the vertical stabilizer. 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

References

  1. ^ "Lao Airlines".
  2. ^ a b "Press Release #4 Archived 2013-10-21 at archive.today." (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. ^ "Code share flight". Lao Airlines. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  7. ^ "Lao Airlines | Lao Airlines Official Website".
  8. ^ "Lao Airlines Fleet | Airfleets aviation".
  9. ^ Accident description for RDPL-34037 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 October 2013.
  10. ^ Accident description for RDPL-34037 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 October 2013.
  11. ^ Accident description for RDPL-34008 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 October 2013.
  12. ^ Accident description for RDPL-34117 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 October 2013.
  13. ^ Accident description for RDPL-34001 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 October 2013.
  14. ^ Accident description for RDPL-34130 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 17 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Crash of a Harbin Yunshuji Y-12-II in Sam Neua". Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives.
  16. ^ Accident description for RDPL-34118 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 18 October 2013.
  17. ^ "Lao Airlines plane crashes, 44 killed". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  18. ^ "Plane crashes in Laos, 39 people killed: Thai TV". Reuters. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.