Luang Prabang International Airport
|Fleet size||8 (+2 orders)|
|Key people||Dr Somphone Douangdara (President)|
Lao Airlines is an airline based in Vientiane, Laos. It is the national airline of Laos, operating domestic services to ten destinations and international services to Cambodia, China, Thailand and Vietnam. Its main base is Wattay International Airport, Vientiane..
The airline was established and started operations in September 1976 as Lao Aviation. Lately of 1990s, China Yunnan Airlines shared holder with Lao government. Until early of 2000s, Lao Airlines changed to be 100% owned by Lao government and the name was changed to Lao Airlines in early 2003. It is wholly owned by the Government of Laos.
Flying mainly to small airfields in mountainous, tropical Laos, the airline acquired a not-too-favorable reputation for safety, several flights being lost over the years. More recently, with better aircraft and airfields, this reputation has been overcome. Since 2000, there have not been any accidents involving Lao Airlines. Reliability is now complying to international standards with ATR 72 and Xian Modern Art MA-60 aircrafts. In 2007 and 2008, the company received the International Arch of Europe Award.
As of February 2008, the average age of the Lao Airlines fleet is 5.2 years, and includes the following aircraft:
At August 2006 the airline also operated :