Xian MA60: Modern Ark, classic design

Improving on the tried, tested and trusted doesn’t come without trials and tribulations, as many well-known brands have discovered (New Coke, anyone?). With that in mind, Daniel Johnston travels to Laos to sample Xian’s take on a Soviet stalwart

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LPDR) is among the lesser explored countries in Southeast Asia. One of the region’s three communist states and its only land-locked nation, its primary gateway is Wattay International Airport on the outskirts of the capital, Vientiane. Here foreign firms compete with Lao Airlines – the country’s flag carrier.

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