Sign up | Log in



Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Laos News  >>   Aviation  >>   Laos first private airline readies takeoff
NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs         9  July 2011

Laos first private airline readies takeoff

Related Stories

June 7, 2011
Airlines face difficult year

June 6, 2011
THAI Airways takes first privatization steps

May 21, 2011
THAI Airways to launch budget line

March 18, 2011
THAI cuts local fares

March 4, 2011
Slim-down rule for THAI attendants

March 1,2011
Thai Air moves on Thai Tiger deal

Laos's first privately-owned airline plans to enter the region's booming aviation market later this year.

Phongsavanh Airlines is aiming for a September takeoff with an initial service to Bangkok, said the carrier's spokesman Viphasouk Saysanavongphet.

"But if not we will definitely begin our service before the end of this year," he told AFP. Flying from the northern Lao city of Vientiane, the airline is also lining up routes to Hanoi and Siem Reap, he said, putting it in direct competition with flag carrier Lao Airlines.

"We are aiming at serving the Asean region to begin with," Viphasouk said, referring to the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Phongsavanh is positioning itself as a "premium low-cost airline", offering business and economy classes, he added.

The airline, with initial registered capital of $9 million, is part of Lao-owned Phongsavanh Group, whose other interests include timber, construction, petroleum and banking.

It says it will start its service with three Boeing 737-400s purchased second-hand, each with a capacity of about 150 passengers.

"But with the competitive market that we have right now, we will be happy with 80-100 passengers per flight to begin with," Viphasouk said.

Asia-Pacific airlines recorded solid growth in 2010 with a strong rebound in passenger numbers, and the region's low-cost segment is particularly booming, industry players say.

Communist Laos remains one of Asia's poorest nations but officially grew at 7.9 percent between 2006 and 2010, largely on the exploitation of natural resources.


Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
  Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below




1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Today's  Stories    9  July  2011 Subsribe Now !
 • Bank prioritizes Cambodian development Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• Indonesian coal powers project in Vietnam Asean Affairs Premium
• JCI moves into new territory
Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

•Textiles and Garments Industry

•Coffee industry

•Leather and footwear industry

•Shrimp industry

• Laos first private airline readies takeoff
• Malaysian rally brings KL lockdown
• UN promotes reproductive health in Philippines
• Tourism sector concerned about wage increases
• Business questions growth goals p

Asean Analysis    10  July  2011

Advertise Your Brand
• WEEKLY SUMMARY Sponsor Our Events

Asean Stock Watch    July  2011 

• Asean Stock Watch-June 8 p

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent
• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore
• Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline
• Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

| Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy  | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2006-2021 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand