History: In September 1976 the Civil Aviation Company was formed from the merger of existing airlines Royal Air Lao and Lao Air Lines. The company became Lao Aviation in 1979. The national carrier initially started with a mixed fleet of Western aircraft, including the Douglas DC-3 and DC-4. For international services to Bangkok, Hanoi and Phnom Penh these included the Antonov An-24.
A joint venture with China Yunnan Airlines and the Lao government was formed, which re-nationalized Lao Aviation in 2000. In 1994, the airline upgraded its fleet with ATR-42 turboprop aircraft and by 1995 had acquired an ATR-72 aircraft, adding Xian Y-7 and Harbin Y-12 aircraft to its fleet.
In 2003, the airline was re-branded to become Lao Airlines and on 8 November 2011 took delivery of the first of two Airbus A320 aircraft ordered from Airbus. 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.
Operations: Lao Airlines is a relatively small airline and bases it's aircraft at Luang Prabang and Vientiane where it flies most flights. It flies to 9 domestic destinations within the country. International destinations are flown to Bangkok, Chiangmai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kunming, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Changsha, Changzhou, Nanning, Jinghong, Seoul, Busan, Phnom Phem, Singapore and Jakarta.
Fleet: The Airline has now a more modern fleet after completing a fleet renewal programme in the last years. It now flies it's domestic and regional flights with Turboprop ATR-500/600 and the rest of short and medium routes with it's Airbus A320 aircraft.
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|Best Airline to fly to Lao||Limited route network|
|Meals and luggage included on all flights||No long Haul routes to Europe|
|Comfortable seating||Not part of any global alliance for millage redemption|
|Free online check-in and seat selection|