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30 October 2010 :: 22:10:25 pm 45066

Pattaya-Luang Phrabang Service Takes To The Air

Another significant link has been added to help cement Thai-Lao relations with the first of a bi-weekly air Pattaya-Luang Phrabang service, operating on Fridays and Sundays, direct. The link will also allow land-locked Laos one more badly needed sea outlet and encourage the two-way interchange of tourists.
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Pattaya, 29 October 2010: The first Pattaya-Luang Phrabang- flight of Lao Airlines was given an excellent welcome, as well as send-off by a high-powered reception committee at U Taphao-Pattaya International Airport on the first leg of its two-way journey.

The captain, crew and passengers were met by the airport’s Deputy Director, Captain Somphop Suwitthayalungkan, and significant community members, including the 32 representatives of the Eastern Seaboard’s hotel, tourism, and industrial sectors, eagerly awaiting the first Lao Airlines QV410 Pattaya-Luang Phrabang flight to take them on their two-day tour of Laos.

The Lao Airlines captain, Kaew Nammawon, and crew were duly welcomed by the U Taphao reception committee, which had come both to greet the Laotian crew on its inward flight and also to give the first Pattaya-Luang Phrabang- flight a good send-off.

Among the passengers on the first flight were the 32 representatives of the Eastern Seaboard’s hotel, tourism, and industrial sectors, identified by Mr. Seri Phiasai, MD of Swift Aviation Services, on a friendly fact finding mission to Laos. They expected to reach Luang Phrabang at 12.00 pm, first stop on a whistle-stop two-day tour.

“This lucky group will get the opportunity to visit the Kingdom of Lan Chang, the Land of Resourceful Hills and Streams, as well as see beautiful Luang Phrabang,” Mr. Seri told PDN.

Reference was also made to the sterling role U Taphao-Pattaya International Airport played during the 2008 paralysis of Suvarnabhumi Airport, when it made its mark at a critical time, handling flights Bangkok couldn’t. This helped forge U Taphao-Pattaya’s reputation as an international airport which could be trusted to fulfil its purpose.

SERVING THE LAO PDR SINCE 1976 as the national carrier of the newly established Lao PDR, Lao Airlines was originally known as the Civil Aviation Company and was formed from the merger of existing airlines Royal Air Lao and Lao Air Lines. The company became Lao Aviation in 1979 and has operated under that identity right up to March this year. The Lao national carrier initially started life with a mixed fleet of Western aircraft, including the Douglas DC-3 and DC-4, operating on international and domestic routes, as well as a fleet of helicopters enabling access to the more remote regions. Reflecting the country’s closer links with its Eastern neighbours, a re-equipment exercise was undertaken in the 1980s, with the fleet then primarily composed of aircraft from China and the Soviet Union. For international services to Bangkok, Hanoi and Phnom Penh these included the Antonov An-24.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Tourism News

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