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Laos is an independent state of Southeast Asia, bordered on the north by China and Vietnam, on the east by Vietnam, on the south by Cambodia, on the west by Thailand, and on the northwest by Myanmar (formerly Burma). Laos is Southeast Asia's only landlocked nation and has a total area of 236,800 sq km (91,400 sq mi). The capital and largest city of Laos is Vientiane.

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February 24, 2015

Lao Central Airlines: has revised its planned resumption of services date from mid year, to year-end news

February 1, 2015

Lao Skyway was renamed from Lao Air to distinguish itself from Lao Airlines added

January 19, 2015

Civil Aviation Company was formed by merger of Royal Air Lao and Lao Air Lines : renamed to Lao Aviation added

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Air Architects   

Unsure 1960s

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Air Lao   

Inactive 1952* - 1961

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Air Laos Transports   

Renamed 1957 - 1962

^ Comments : Air Laos Transports Aeriens was formed in 1952 by Air France, Aigle Azur and local interests. Renamed to Royal Air Lao & eventually Laos Airlines

^ Genealogy : Air Laos Transports >Royal Air Lao + Lao Air Lines =>Civil Aviation Company >Lao Aviation >Lao Airlines

Air Union   

Unsure 1973* - 1974*

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Air Vientiane Laos   

Unsure 1964* - 1967*

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Bird & Sons Aviation Division   

Renamed 1960 - 1965

^ Comments : BirdAir was an airline owned by Bird & Sons, Inc which served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War

^ Genealogy : Bird & Sons Aviation Division >CASI

BirdAir  updated

Inactive 1960* - 1975*

^ Comments : BirdAir was an airline owned by Bird & Sons, Inc which served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Bird & Sons, Inc was a San Francisco heavy construction company operating in Vietnam and Laos. Bird & Sons, Inc maintained its own air division. William H. Bird had been operating an aviation division of his construction company Bird & Son in Laos since 1960. Bird later sold the air division and its aircraft to Continental, $4.5 million cash, in 1964 to form CASI. When Bird sold that division there was a non-compete clause in his contract with Continental that precluded Bird from operating another aviation company in Laos for a certain number of years. When that time expired, Bird got back into the air charter business and created BirdAir

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BirdAir  updated

Inactive 1975 - 1980*

^ Comments : BirdAir was formed by William H. Bird in 1975 as Air America and CASI were shutting down. Provided contract air services in Laos

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BOA (Boun Oum Airways)   

Renamed 1965* - 1967

^ Comments : BOA (Boun Oum Airways) was owned by Prince Boun Oum of Laos. Integrated with CASI by early 1967

^ Genealogy : BOA (Boun Oum Airways) >>CASI

CASI (Continental Air Services, Inc.)   

Inactive 1965 - 1972

^ Comments : BOA was founded by Prince Boun Oum in 1965. After 1965 BOA expanded using aircraft on loan from Continental Air Services, Inc (CASI). BOA and their Thai pilots were integrated into CASI by early 1967

^ Genealogy : BOA >>CASI

Civil Aviation Company   

Renamed 1976 - 1979

^ Comments : In Sep1976 the Civil Aviation Company was formed from the merger of existing airlines Royal Air Lao (1952>) & Lao Air Lines. The company became Lao Aviation in 1979 & as Lao Airlines on 26Mar2003

^ Genealogy : Royal Air Lao + Lao Air Lines =>Civil Aviation Company >Lao Aviation >Lao Airlines

Euro Asia Aviation   

Inactive 2002* - 2003

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Lane Xang Airlines   

Inactive 1973* - 1975

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Lao Air   

Renamed 2003 - 2013

^ Comments : Lao Skyway was established on 02Jan2002 and officially launched services in Jun2003 as Lao Air. Renamed to current name in Nov2013

^ Genealogy : Lao Air >Lao Skyway

Lao Air Lines   

Inactive 1967* - 1975

^ Comments : In Sep1976 the Civil Aviation Company was formed from the merger of existing airlines Royal Air Lao (1952>) & Lao Air Lines. The company became Lao Aviation in 1979 & as Lao Airlines on 26Mar2003

^ Genealogy : Royal Air Lao + Lao Air Lines =>Civil Aviation Company >Lao Aviation >Lao Airlines

Lao Airlines   

Active 2003 - date

^ Comments : In Sep1976 the Civil Aviation Company was formed from the merger of existing airlines Royal Air Lao (1952>) & Lao Air Lines. The company became Lao Aviation in 1979 & as Lao Airlines on 26Mar2003

^ Genealogy : Royal Air Lao + Lao Air Lines =>Civil Aviation Company >Lao Aviation >Lao Airlines

Lao Aviation   

Renamed 1979 - 2003

^ Comments : In Sep1976 the Civil Aviation Company was formed from the merger of existing airlines Royal Air Lao (1952>) & Lao Air Lines. The company became Lao Aviation in 1979 & as Lao Airlines on 26Mar2003

^ Genealogy : Royal Air Lao + Lao Air Lines =>Civil Aviation Company >Lao Aviation >Lao Airlines

Lao Capricorn Air   

Renamed 2009 - 2010

^ Comments : Lao Central Airlines was established as Phongsavanh Airlines using the assets of defunct carrier Lao Capricorn Air. Operations started 03Jan2012

^ Genealogy : Lao Capricorn Air +>Phongsavanh Airlines >Lao Central Airlines

Lao Cathay Airlines   

Unsure 1967* - 1967*

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Lao Central Airlines   

Inactive 2012 - 2014

^ Comments : Lao Central Airlines was established as Phongsavanh Airlines using the assets of defunct carrier Lao Capricorn Air. Rebranded in Jul2011 as Lao Central Airlines & operations started 03Jan2012

^ Genealogy : Lao Capricorn Air +>Phongsavanh Airlines >Lao Central Airlines

Lao Skyway   

Active 2013 - date

^ Comments : Lao Skyway was established on 02Jan2002 and officially launched services in Jun2003 as Lao Air. Renamed to current name in Nov2013

^ Genealogy : Lao Air >Lao Skyway

Lao United Airlines   

Inactive 1968* - 1971

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Laos Air Charter   

Inactive 1967* - 1975

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Laotian   

Unsure 1970* - 1970*

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Loa-Pacific   

Not started (1989*)

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Pathet Lao Airlines   

Unsure 1974* - 1974*

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Phongsavanh Airlines   

Renamed 2010 - 2011

^ Comments : Lao Central Airlines was established as Phongsavanh Airlines using the assets of defunct carrier Lao Capricorn Air. Operations started 03Jan2012

^ Genealogy : Lao Capricorn Air +>Phongsavanh Airlines >Lao Central Airlines

Royal Air Lao   

Renamed 1962 - 1976

^ Comments : In Sep1976 the Civil Aviation Company was formed from the merger of existing airlines Royal Air Lao (1952>) & Lao Air Lines. The company became Lao Aviation in 1979 & as Lao Airlines on 26Mar2003

^ Genealogy : Air Laos Transports >Royal Air Lao + Lao Air Lines =>Civil Aviation Company >Lao Aviation >Lao Airlines

Samaki Airlines   

Unsure 1975* - 1975*

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Sorya Airlines   

Inactive 1975* - 1975*

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Vehu Akat   

Inactive 1967* - 1967*

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Xiengkhouang Air   

Inactive 1967* - 1975

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