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7 Countries served
18 Destinations served
26 Routes served




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  • Read more 23MAR2014: Lao Skyway deploys MA-60 into service to northern Laos
    Lao Skyway (Vientiane) has deployed its first of two MA-60s, RDPL-34226, into service on flights between Vientiane and Houeixay, Oudomxay and Luang Namtha airline director, Bounma Chanthavong, has announced. Bounma said the Laotian carrier's move into the north of the country was part of its long-term plan to offer extensive domestic coverage.

    Formerly Lao Air (Vientiane), the airline changed its name to distinguish itself from Lao Airlines (QV, Vientiane). Lao Skyway also offers flights from the capital to Phongsaly and Sayaboury using two Do228s.
  • Read more 11MAR2014: Six JoyAir, Okay Airways MA60s return to service after inspection
    Xian Aircraft Company (Xi'an Yanliang) has given the go-ahead to JoyAir (JR, Xi'an Xianyang) and Okay Airways (BK, Tianjin) to return six of their MA-60s into revenue service. The six were part of a larger group of fifteen MA-60s that were grounded by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) following a series of incidents involving the types landing gear assembly and signal system.

    Chinese aviation portal, WCARN, reports the aircraft were returned to service on Monday, March 10.

    At this time, it is believed Xian is still carrying out audits of turboprops owned by Lao Airlines (QV, Vientiane), Air Zimbabwe (UM, Harare Int'l) and Transporte Aéreo Militar - TAM (La Paz El Alto).
  • Read more 27FEB2014: CAAC issues directive grounding fifteen MA60s worldwide
    Xian Aircraft Company (Xi'an Yanliang) has successfully applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to ground some active MA-60s following a series of incidents involving the type's landing gear assembly and indication system. The CAAC on Friday, February 28, issued a directive grounding fifteen MA60s worldwide including those owned by Okay Airways (BK, Tianjin) and JoyAir (JR, Xi'an Xianyang) as well as those owned by Lao Airlines (QV, Vientiane), Air Zimbabwe (UM, Harare Int'l), Transporte Aéreo Militar - TAM (La Paz El Alto), and those formerly operated by Zest Air (Z2, Manila) in the Philippines.

    The first incident occurred on February 4 when the nose gear of a Joy Air MA-60, B-3455 (cn 803), inexplicably retracted during roll out on Zhengzhou's runway 12. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. Then on February 25, an Okay Airways MA-60, B-3710 (cn 510), was forced to hold for two hours around Shenyang airport while crew verified whether or not the aircraft's gear was down and locked. The turboprop was able to land safely.

    "As a precaution, Xian Aircraft Company has decided to apply as soon as possible to the airworthiness authorities to temporarily ground MA-60 aircraft. The grounding will allow AVIC to conduct a comprehensive inspection of the aircraft's landing gear indication system," AVIC said in a statement.

    Once confirmed safe and reliable, it will then apply to the authority to return the type into service.

    The ch-aviation aircraft database shows a total of 88 MA-60s have been built of which the majority are operational in China.
  • Read more 30OCT2013: Lao Airlines, Singapore's GTMC setup new Laotian tour company
    Lao Airlines (QV, Vientiane) travel division, Champa Holidays, and Singapore's GTMC Travel have formed a new partnership that will offer tour packages to Laos. Lao Airlines will hold a 51% stake in the new joint venture company, with GTMC taking the remaining 49%. Both companies will have two directors on the new company's board with 10 staff to be employed at Lao Airlines' head office in Vientiane. The venture will use Vientiane as a transitory hub while providing free stopover tours to passengers in transit to their destinations.
  • Read more 23OCT2013: Vietnam Airlines grounds entire ATR72 fleet
    Vietnam Airlines (VN, Hanoi) has grounded its fleet of sixteen ATR72-500s after an incident involving a tire falling from one of the turboprops in mid flight. Vietnamese state media report that VN-B219 (c/n 886) landed at Da Nang from Haiphong on Monday night after an uneventful flight, only for one of the aircraft's front nose wheels to be discovered missing. Tien Phong reported Tuesday that Vietnamese authorities asked Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac) to join the investigation into the incident which comes just days after a Lao Airlines (QV, Vientiane) ATR72-600, RDPL-34233 (c/n 1071), slammed into the Mekong River on the downwind approach leg into Pakse killing all on board.


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Aircraft TypeActiveInactiveTotalOn Order* BØ Age P  
A320-100/-2004 4hiddenhidden
ATR 72-200/-500/-6005 5hiddenhidden
MA-60/-600 44hiddenhidden
* Includes new or used aircraft not yet delivered for which a construction/manufacturer serial number is already known.


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