Lao Airlines Takes Delivery of First of Two A320 Aircraft

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Lao Airlines, the national carrier of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos), has taken delivery of the first of two A320 aircraft ordered from Airbus.

 The new aircraft was welcomed in the Lao capital Vientiane at a special ceremony attended by Somsavat Lengsavad, Deputy Prime Minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic and Thierry Mariani, French Minister of Transport.

The second A320 ordered by Lao Airlines is scheduled to arrive in Vientiane next month, with the aircraft entering service on routes to key destinations in South East Asia, including Bangkok and Singapore.

 The A320s are the first jet aircraft to be purchased by Lao Airlines and feature a two class layout seating 126 passengers in the main cabin and 16 in Business Class. The aircraft are powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International.

"The A320 will see Lao Airlines introduce a new level of premium service as we expand our international route network," said Somphone Douangdara, President of Lao Airlines. "In addition to the highest standards of in-flight comfort, Lao Airlines will also benefit from the extremely low operating costs offered by these modern, fuel-efficient aircraft."

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