It is understood that the airline will receive the three aircraft in early 2012 with the Sukhoi jets havng seating capacity for 98 passengers. Phongsavanh Airlines currently operates a 19-seat aircraft between Vientiane and the provinces of Xayaboury, Huaphan and Phongsaly. With the new jets the airline is planning flights to Thailand, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries in the region.
Phongsavanh Airlines plans to buy a further three Sukhoi aircraft whilst competitor Lao airlines has ordered two ARJ21-700 jet aircraft from the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd,
Lao Airlines is the national flag carrier of Laos, formerly known as Lao Aviation. It has eight aircraft – four MA60, two ATR72-200, and two new TR72-500 bought from France last year. They fly to four international and seven domestic locations. It offers flights to and from Luang Prabang, Xieng Khuang, Oudomxay, Luang Namtha, Bokeo, Savannakhet and Champassak provinces. International destinations are Cambodia, China, Thailand and Vietnam.
Phongsavanh Group is a multi-sector conglomerate with enterprises in international trading, timber, hospitality, telecommunications, banking, airlines and security products and services, according to the group’s website. (Source: Vientiane Times)