Lao Airlines to increase number of aircraft

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Lao airlinesLao Airlines, Laos’ national carrier, is planning to buy 2 twin-engine turboprops ATR72-600 aircraft next year and 2 Airbus 320s in 2015 to cope with its expanding routes, according to local media reports on August 26.

This will bring its current fleet of 14 aircraft to 18. The airlines presently operates with 4 Airbus A320s, 4 ATR72-500s, 2 ATR72-600s and 4 Chinese turboprops MA60s.

Phouthasone Vannachack, director-general of the commercial department, said the airline will increase domestic and international routes this year.

In October 2013, the national carrier will increase it flights between Vientiane and Oudomxay, Bokeo and Luang Namtha provinces from 3 to 4 times daily. In the same month, it will begin operating regular flights to Incheon, South Korea.

In 2012, more than 3.3 million foreign tourists visited the communist country, equal to half of Laos’ total population, providing about $513 million in foreign exchange.

Lao Airlines started operations in September 1976 as Lao Aviation. Apart from 7 domestic routes, it flies to Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, China and South Korea.

Its new rival is Lao Central, a private airline founded in 2010.

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Lao Airlines, Laos’ national carrier, is planning to buy 2 twin-engine turboprops ATR72-600 aircraft next year and 2 Airbus 320s in 2015 to cope with its expanding routes, according to local media reports on August 26.

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Lao airlinesLao Airlines, Laos’ national carrier, is planning to buy 2 twin-engine turboprops ATR72-600 aircraft next year and 2 Airbus 320s in 2015 to cope with its expanding routes, according to local media reports on August 26.

This will bring its current fleet of 14 aircraft to 18. The airlines presently operates with 4 Airbus A320s, 4 ATR72-500s, 2 ATR72-600s and 4 Chinese turboprops MA60s.

Phouthasone Vannachack, director-general of the commercial department, said the airline will increase domestic and international routes this year.

In October 2013, the national carrier will increase it flights between Vientiane and Oudomxay, Bokeo and Luang Namtha provinces from 3 to 4 times daily. In the same month, it will begin operating regular flights to Incheon, South Korea.

In 2012, more than 3.3 million foreign tourists visited the communist country, equal to half of Laos’ total population, providing about $513 million in foreign exchange.

Lao Airlines started operations in September 1976 as Lao Aviation. Apart from 7 domestic routes, it flies to Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, China and South Korea.

Its new rival is Lao Central, a private airline founded in 2010.

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