MMBAC opened to facilitate more private jets

Myanmar MJETS Business Aviation Centre (MMBAC) was unveiled at Yangon International Airport on August 2, in response to the growing demand for chartered flights and private jets in the country.

MMBAC will not only fill the gap but will elevate Myanmar’s aviation industry into the next chapter of development and modernization, said Ohn Myint, founder and chief executive of Wah Wah, who had 16 years of experience of handling corporate aircraft in the country.

“There have been many wealthy and discerning aircraft owners requesting VIP treatment at Myanmar airports which I could not provide because facilities like what MMBAC has built simply did not exist,” he said. “Customers can have chartered flights and ambulance services at MMBAC. Currently, the chartered flights usually fly to Bangkok and Singapore”.

According to Oh Myint, Myanmar will welcome more private jets, mostly via Yangon, due to the country’s reopening. The country is attracting growing numbers of top officials from international governments and foreign missions, corporate executives, billionaires, celebrities and even honeymoon couples who travel on private jets.

“When I entered the ground handling business for private jets in Myanmar 16 years ago, there was only one aircraft a year, rising to five in the second year and 15 in the third year. This year we will have 300 flights,” stated Mr Ohn Myint about the trend.

MMBAC is a 50:50 joint venture of family-owned enterprise Wah Wah and Thailand’s Mjets, which is owned by Minor International’s founder William Heinecke and Kirit Shah, the entrepreneur of Precious Shipping. The joint venture has won support from Myanma Airways, the national carrier of Myanmar and Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation.

MJets owns and operates a fleet of Gulfstream GV, Cessna Citation CJ3, Cessna Citation X and a Cessna Citation Bravo with an optional medical configuration. Moreover, MJets is currently managing six executive jets of customers, a Gulfstream G650, two Gulfstream G550, two Gulfstream G200 and another Cessna Citation Bravo.

MJets Executive Chairman, Jaiyavat Navaraj, said that the company would introduce similar services now available at the Don Mueang International Airport. He expected the private jet flights passing through Myanmar, especially Yangon, to double to 600 flights in the third year of MMBAC’s operation.

Ohn Myint estimated that about 10 per cent of the total traffic at the centre will be for air ambulance – mostly patients from Myanmar seeking medical treatment in neighboring countries like Thailand and Singapore. At present, the Myanmar citizens charter the flight usually once a week and fly to Singapore and Bangkok for medical treatment.

The centre is also facilitated with on-site customs and immigration counters and offers one-stop services for the visitors with private jets.


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