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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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>renamed to : >>merged in or absorbed : +> assets taken over : =>> merger resulted in new airline : dates are searchable using ddmmyyyy

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

Airlines

Air Architects   

^ Status :          Unsure

^ Dates :           1960s

^ Comments :   No further information at this time

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Air Lao   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           1952* - 1961

^ Comments :    

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Air Laos Transports   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           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

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Air Union   

^ Status :          Unsure

^ Dates :           1973* - 1974*

^ Comments :   No further information at this time

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Air Vientiane Laos   

^ Status :          Unsure

^ Dates :           1964* - 1967*

^ Comments :    

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Bird & Sons Aviation Division   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           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

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BirdAir  updated

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           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

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           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)   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           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

^ Airline Code :  

CASI (Continental Air Services, Inc.)   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           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

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Civil Aviation Company   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           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

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Euro Asia Aviation   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           2002* - 2003

^ Comments :    

^ Genealogy :     

^ Airline Code : -- : EUL

Lane Xang Airlines   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           1973* - 1975

^ Comments :    

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Lao Air   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           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

^ Airline Code :  

Lao Air Lines   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           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

^ Airline Code :  

Lao Airlines   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           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

^ Airline Code : QV : LAO

Lao Aviation   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           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

^ Airline Code : QV : LAO

Lao Capricorn Air   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           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

^ Airline Code : -- : LKA

Lao Cathay Airlines   

^ Status :          Unsure

^ Dates :           1967* - 1967*

^ Comments :    

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Lao Central Airlines   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           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

^ Airline Code : -- : LKA

Lao Skyway   

^ Status :          Active

^ Dates :           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

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Lao United Airlines   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           1968* - 1971

^ Comments :    

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Laos Air Charter   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           1967* - 1975

^ Comments :   No further information at this time

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Laotian   

^ Status :          Unsure

^ Dates :           1970* - 1970*

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Loa-Pacific   

^ Status :          Not started

^ Dates :           (1989*)

^ Comments :    

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Pathet Lao Airlines   

^ Status :          Unsure

^ Dates :           1974* - 1974*

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Phongsavanh Airlines   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           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

^ Airline Code : -- : LKA

Royal Air Lao   

^ Status :          Renamed

^ Dates :           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

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Samaki Airlines   

^ Status :          Unsure

^ Dates :           1975* - 1975*

^ Comments :    

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Sorya Airlines   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           1975* - 1975*

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Vehu Akat   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           1967* - 1967*

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Xiengkhouang Air   

^ Status :          Inactive

^ Dates :           1967* - 1975

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