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.

Amendments  

08 Apr 2018

Lao Cathay Airlines operated DC-3 charter and supply-dropping flights from Laos in the 1960s [updated]

24 Feb 2015

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

01 Feb 2015

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

Air Architects   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1960s
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Air Lao   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1952* - 1961
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Air Laos Transports   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1957 - 1962
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Air Laos Transports >Royal Air Lao + Lao Air Lines =>Civil Aviation Company >Lao Aviation >Lao Airlines
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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Air Union   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1973* - 1974*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Air Vientiane Laos   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1964* - 1967*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Bird & Sons Aviation Division   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1960 - 1965
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Bird & Sons Aviation Division >CASI
Comments : BirdAir was an airline owned by Bird & Sons, Inc which served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War
Aircraft : Nil at this time

BirdAir (i)  last update: 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1960* - 1975*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

BirdAir (ii)  last update: 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1975 - 1980*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : BirdAir was formed by William H. Bird in 1975 as Air America and CASI were shutting down. Provided contract air services in Laos
Aircraft : Nil at this time

BOA (Boun Oum Airways)  last update: 08Apr2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1964 - 1967
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : BOA (Boun Oum Airways) >>CASI
Comments : BOA (Boun Oum Airways) was owned by Prince Boun Oum of Laos. Integrated with CASI by early 1967
Aircraft : Dornier Do28, Bell 47G-3B-1 Sioux, Douglas C-47, Beech Tradewind, Helio Courier, Piper PA-18 Super Cubs

CASI (Continental Air Services, Inc.)   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1965 - 1972
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : BOA >>CASI
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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Civil Aviation Company   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1976 - 1979
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Royal Air Lao + Lao Air Lines =>Civil Aviation Company >Lao Aviation >Lao Airlines
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]
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Euro Asia Aviation   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2002* - 2003
Airline Code : -- : EUL
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lane Xang Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1973* - 1975
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lao Air   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2003 - 2013
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Lao Air >Lao Skyway
Comments : Lao Skyway was established on 02Jan2002 and officially launched services in Jun2003 as Lao Air. Renamed to current name in Nov2013
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lao Air Lines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1967* - 1975
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Royal Air Lao + Lao Air Lines =>Civil Aviation Company >Lao Aviation >Lao Airlines
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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lao Airlines   

Status : Active

Dates :

2003 - date
Airline Code : QV : LAO
Genealogy : Royal Air Lao + Lao Air Lines =>Civil Aviation Company >Lao Aviation >Lao Airlines
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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lao Aviation   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1979 - 2003
Airline Code : QV : LAO
Genealogy : Royal Air Lao + Lao Air Lines =>Civil Aviation Company >Lao Aviation >Lao Airlines
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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lao Capricorn Air   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2009 - 2010
Airline Code : -- : LKA
Genealogy : Lao Capricorn Air +>Phongsavanh Airlines >Lao Central Airlines
Comments : Lao Central Airlines was established as Phongsavanh Airlines using the assets of defunct carrier Lao Capricorn Air. Operations started 03Jan2012
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lao Cathay Airlines   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1967* - 1968*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Lao Cathay Airlines operated DC-3 charter and supply-dropping flights from Laos
Aircraft : DC.3

Lao Central Airlines  last update: 24Feb2015

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2012 - 2014
Airline Code : -- : LKA
Genealogy : Lao Capricorn Air +>Phongsavanh Airlines >Lao Central Airlines
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
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lao Skyway  last update: 01Feb2015

Status : Active

Dates :

2013 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Lao Air >Lao Skyway
Comments : Lao Skyway was established on 02Jan2002 and officially launched services in Jun2003 as Lao Air. Renamed to current name in Nov2013
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lao United Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1968* - 1971
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Laos Air Charter   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1967* - 1975
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Laotian   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1970* - 1970*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Loa-Pacific   

Status : Not launched

Dates :

(1989*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Pathet Lao Airlines   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1974* - 1974*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Phongsavanh Airlines   

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2010 - 2011
Airline Code : -- : LKA
Genealogy : Lao Capricorn Air +>Phongsavanh Airlines >Lao Central Airlines
Comments : Lao Central Airlines was established as Phongsavanh Airlines using the assets of defunct carrier Lao Capricorn Air. Operations started 03Jan2012
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Royal Air Lao  last update: 08Apr2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1962 - 1976
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Air Laos Transports >Royal Air Lao + Lao Air Lines =>Civil Aviation Company >Lao Aviation >Lao Airlines
Comments : Royal Air Lao became major Lao air carrier through a series of acquisitions of equipment from smaller Lao operators. Air Laos absorbed in 1961-1962. Laos Air Line assets acquired in 1973 - [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]
Aircraft : Boeing 307 Stratoliner, Sud Aviation Caravelle III, Douglas DC-3, Douglas C-54A-10-DC Skymaster, Vickers Viscount, Convair 440

Samaki Airlines   

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1975* - 1975*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Sorya Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1975* - 1975*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Vehu Akat   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1967* - 1967*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Xiengkhouang Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1967* - 1975
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time
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