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

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February 24, 2015Lao Central Airlines: has revised its planned resumption of services date from mid year, to year-end news
February 1, 2015Lao Skyway was renamed from Lao Air to distinguish itself from Lao Airlines added
January 19, 2015Civil Aviation Company was formed by merger of Royal Air Lao and Lao Air Lines : renamed to Lao Aviation added

Airline

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Air Architects   

1960sStatus?

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Air Lao   

1952* - 1961Inactive

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Air Laos Transports   

1957 - 1962Renamed

^ 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   

1973* - 1974*Status?

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Air Vientiane Laos   

1964* - 1967*Status?

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Bird & Sons Aviation Division   

1960 - 1965Renamed

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

^ Genealogy : >CASI

Bird Air (BirdAir)   

1975 - 1980*Inactive

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BirdAir   

1975* - 1975*Inactive

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BOA (Boun Oum Airways)   

1965* - 1967Renamed

^ 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.)   

1965 - 1972Inactive

^ 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   

1976 - 1979Renamed

^ 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   

2002* - 2003Inactive

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Lane Xang Airlines   

1973* - 1975Inactive

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Lao Air   

2003 - 2013Renamed

^ 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   

1967* - 1975Inactive

^ 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   

2003 - dateActive

^ 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   

1979 - 2003Renamed

^ 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   

2009 - 2010Renamed

^ 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   

1967* - 1967*Status?

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Lao Central Airlines   

2012 - 2014Inactive

^ 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   

2013 - dateActive

^ 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   

1968* - 1971Inactive

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Laos Air Charter   

1967* - 1975Inactive

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Laotian   

1970* - 1970*Status?

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Loa-Pacific   

(1989*)Began?

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Pathet Lao Airlines   

1974* - 1974*Status?

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Phongsavanh Airlines   

2010 - 2011Renamed

^ 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   

1962 - 1976Renamed

^ 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   

1975* - 1975*Status?

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Sorya Airlines   

1975* - 1975*Inactive

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Vehu Akat   

1967* - 1967*Inactive

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Xiengkhouang Air   

1967* - 1975Inactive

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