YANGON — With the impending arrival of new aircraft earlier than the scheduled delivery time, officials from state-owned Myanmar Airways will visit France to hold talks with French Aerospace Company (ATR), according to Myanmar Airways’ report.
The Myanmar Airways signed an agreement on May 6 to buy six new aircraft from ATR and to open a major maintenance centre at Yangon International Airport.The newly purchased ATR aircraft will arrive in Myanmar in December, 2015.
“ATR Airbus Group invited us to observe their aircraft production. That’s why we are going to France to discuss with officials from ATR,” said Than Tun, managing director of Myanmar Airways.
At present, most local airlines are flying domestically using the French-made ATR planes. At the moment, for maintenance, the company has to send the aircraft to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore where they have maintenance centres.
If Myanmar Airways opens its own maintenance centre, local airline companies don’t need to send their planes abroad for repairs.Myanmar Airways was founded in September, 1948 and it is now flying domestic flights using nine aircraft to 26 townships. Moreover, the flagship airways is also using two French cargo planes.
Source: ELEVEN MYANMAR