Lao Airlines to add two A321s to fleet

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Lao Airlines will add two Airbus A321s to its fleet by 2016 to meet growing demand.

An official at the airline tells Flightglobal Pro that it is planning to lease the two aircraft and is currently in negotiations with an undisclosed lessor.

He adds that the airline "needs more capacity, especially after the launch of flights to China" and that the A321s will give it incremental capacity growth over its network of regional international routes.

Flightlgobal's Ascend Online Fleets database shows that Lao Airlines has a fleet of 14 aircraft, including four A320s that are powered by CFM International CFM56-5B4 engines. Two of those A320s are owned by the airline, while the other two are leased from ICBC Leasing.

The airline will also take delivery of two ATR 72-600s next year, joining six other ATRs already in the fleet. It also operates four Xian Aircraft MA60 turboprops.