Browsing Tag: Airbus A319

Lao Airlines ATR 72

Lao Airlines ATR 72

Lao Airlines was founded in 1976 when Royal Air Lao and Lao Air Lines were merged. At that time, the new airline was known as the Civil Aviation Company. In 1979 the airline’s name was changed to Lao Aviation and retained that name until more recently when it was formally changed to Lao Airlines. The company is based at Wattay International Airport in Vientian, Laos and is fully owned by the Laos government.

The airline operates four ATR-72-500s and four Xian MA60 aircraft. Lao Airlines previously operated an Airbus A320 from 2003 to 2005 and now plans to take delivery of an Airbus A319 in November to start flights to Singapore.

The livery is simple and works. Although many airlines wear flowers on the tail, this livery has a blue background and titles clearly on the front of the aircraft. The livery looks a bit plain on the larger A320, but might work better on the smaller A319.

Image: Shmat

United's new livery on an Airbus A319 (N853UA)

United's new livery on an Airbus A319 (N853UA)

Here is the first Airbus A319 in the new United/Continental Livery. I know it has been quite controversial and many of you readers have totally hated this new United livery. As I have said before, the more I see it, the more I get used to it and the more I like it. I actually think it looks best on this smaller Airbus A319 than it has on the Boeing 777 or in a Boeing 747 mock up. You can check out quite a few photos of the old and new livery of this Airbus A319 on Airliners.net. One exciting part of this combination, is we have never seen the “Continental livery” on an Airbus A320-family aircraft before. Has this “new livery” grown on you at all?

I was emailed this photo a few days ago and have been trying to track down the owner to give proper credit. If you know where this came from, please let me know.