Laos' International Airline
In operation for over 40 years, Lao Airlines is the national carrier of Laos and services national and international routes throughout South East Asia. After Lao became a democratic republic and the country's infrastructure was given a shake up, there was a merger between Royal Air Lao and Lao Air Lines in 1976. The new national carrier began operations with a fleet of Western Aircraft, including helicopters, for charter flights and delivering cargo to remote regions.
In the 1980s thanks to an overhaul, the airline equipped itself with planes from China and the Soviet Union. A joint venture with a Chinese airline meant that Lao Airlines continued to move forward as the international competition for the Asian market heated up. With the addition of two jet aircraft in the form of Airbus A320s in 2011, the airline was able to offer a business class service to passengers in a brand new aircraft.
Today, Lao Airlines operates from a hub at Wattay International Airport and currently has 11 aircraft in its fleet and services 18 destinations across Asia, with its main focus being on the cities of Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Seoul and Ho Chi Minh City. They currently offer charter flights for business customers and are locally known for their excellent safety record, on-time flights and fantastic customer service. For those wanting to experience the warmth and exciting culture of Laos, there's no better time to visit the South East Asian paradise with Lao Airlines.
Flying with Lao Airlines
Thinking about visiting Laos? Choose to travel in style and comfort with Lao Airline's economy class. For flights over one hour, snacks and drinks are provided, while on international flights passengers are treated to in-flight seat back entertainment with the latest movies, games and family content. There's even a USB charge port for your devices.
For Business class passengers, the new Airbus A320s offer larger seats, more personal space, complimentary welcome beverages and great cabin service. They also allow a higher baggage allowance and in several airports, access to exclusive VIP cabins. Long-haul flights also offer a gourmet menu of local and international cuisine. The airline is a part of the Champa Muang Lao frequent flyer alliance consisting of airlines across South East Asia so passengers can earn miles across all of their flights in the region.
Checking-in: Lao Airlines do not currently offer online check-in but airports in Laos are often small, easy to navigate and well organised so checking-in at the airport is quick and painless. If you are not checking baggage, there is an even shorter line available.
- For economy class passengers, the luggage limit is 20 kg per person checked.
- Business class customers may check up to 30 kg.
- All passengers may bring one carry on item, weighing up to 7 kg and not measuring more than 30 cm x 60 cm x 18 cm.
- More information on Lao Airlines's official policies