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Lao Airlines expand network

posted Jul 24, 2011, 9:06 PM by Dong Travel   [ updated Jul 24, 2011, 9:21 PM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]
VIENTIANE, 21 July 2011 – Lao Airlines has resumed services from Luang Prabang to Xishuangbanna in China’s Yunnan province and plans to start a service from Vientiane to Singapore this November.

Lao Airlines is serving the Luang Prabang-Xishuangbannan route twice weekly, on Friday and Sunday, using an ATR72-500 aircraft. Initially, the service will be in the timetable until 31 December, when it will come under review.

QV818 departs Luang Prabang at 1120 and arrives in Xishuangbannan at 1220. The return flight departs 1300 and arrives in Luang Prabang at 1400.

The airline served the Vientiane-Luang Prabang-Xishuangbanna route, 2003 to 2004, but suspended the service due to poor cabin factors.

Currently, there are services from Vientiane to Kunming offered by Lao Airlines and China Eastern Airlines. Lao Airlines plans to add Guangzhou using a leased jet aircraft possibly next year.

The airline also confirmed it will use a leased Airbus A319 to launch a new service to Singapore from its Vientiane base, 1 November, offering three weekly services on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

QV535 will depart Vientiane at 1420 and arrive in Singapore at 1820, while QV545 will depart Singapore at 1930 and arrive in Vientiane 2130.

According to 2010 statistics released by Lao National Tourism Administration, 6,087 Singaporeans visited the country mainly connecting with either TG or Lao Airlines services out of Bangkok, while 161,854 Chinese visited the country on the two airlines flying between Kunming and Vientiane.

Source: TRW