Myanmar firms take fancy to helicopters

Bell Helicopter is taking its 412 EPI model on a five-month demonstration tour across Asia-Pacific starting in Myanmar, where private sector firms have begun to show an interest in helicopters, according to the company’s local dealer. “Last year, we told government associations and private companies that they can easily buy Bell helicopters from Singapore without […]

Slow liftoff for helicopter association as market grows

The Myanmar Helicopter Association was launched last week at the Heliops Myanmar Conference and Exhibition in Yangon, with a view to developing helicopter operations across the country. The newly formed association will be led by U Tin Aye, who aims to take on negotiatons between international companies and the Myanmar government to facilitate development of […]

Myanmar Airport Expansion Plans Take Off

Growing international traffic is driving a rapid expansion of Myanmar’s major airport network as it works to keep up with overseas arrivals. In February, Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) announced that work on the new Hanthawaddy International Airport, located 70 kilometres outside of Yangon, would begin next year, with the facility set to be […]

Mandalay Airport to Become Logistics Hub

Mandalay International Airport will be upgraded into a logistics hub, according to the Department of Civic Aviation (DCA). The upgrade is expected to improve the airport so that it can provide cargo and distribution services for international and domestic goods. “First, the airport buildings and terminals will be upgraded. This will be followed by preparation […]

New Gov’t Regulations to Shorten Aircraft Lifespans

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) under the Ministry of Transport has revealed new government regulations that will reduce the standard lifespan of domestic airplanes by five years. Prior to the government changes, commercial airways were allowed to operate airplanes in Myanmar for up to 25 years. The new regulations were announced by DCA officials […]

The aviation sector takes off

Myanmar’s civil aviation sector is on the brink of explosive growth with the number of seats and carriers rising and infrastructure being upgraded. Myanmar is the most under-served aviation market in Southeast Asia. The numbers speak for themselves. Only Brunei and Laos have fewer airline seats per capita. Myanmar has a population of 52 million, […]

DCA to Invite Tenders to Privatise Local Airports

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) in April will invite tenders from private companies to upgrade and operate the country’s local airports, a DCA official said. The move comes as the government moves to privatise Myanmar’s civil aviation sector to make it more efficient and provide better services. “We will give priority to private entrepreneurs […]