Lao Airlines, the national carrier of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos), has signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of two A320 aircraft, becoming a new Airbus customer. The aircraft will be operated by Lao Airlines on routes linking Vientiane to key destinations in South East Asia, including Bangkok and Singapore.
Powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International, the aircraft will feature a high comfort two class layout seating 126 passengers in the main cabin and 16 in Business Class.
"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."
"We are pleased to welcome Lao Airlines as a new Airbus customer," said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus. "With this order Lao Airlines joins the global customer base for the industry's best selling single aisle product line, offering proven passenger appeal, outstanding reliability and unbeatable operating costs."
The A320 Family (A318, A319, A320 and A321) is recognized as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. With more than 7,800 aircraft sold, and over 4,700 aircraft delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide, it is the world’s most successful single-aisle aircraft product line.