Air Mandalay shakes off suspension, announces charter services

FOLLOWING last year’s suspension over its ageing fleet, Air Mandalay said at the Myanmar Civil Aviation Development Conference that it would be relaunching as a charter flight operator by May.

Sai Kham Park Hpa, acting COO of Air Mandalay, said: “As part of our larger expansion plan with an upgraded fleet and a refreshed outlook, two Embraer ERJ-145s have been brought in from the US. Our message to the public is ‘Get on board, we’re back in business’.”

The carrier wants to run charter services to all major tourist destinations in Myanmar, though confirmed routes and scheduling will only be announced ahead of the relaunch.

Air Mandalay last year signed a series of agreements with aircraft makers, agreeing to buy from Mitsubishi Aircraft six MRJ 90s with a purchase option for four more. Deliveries will begin in 2018.

It also agreed to collaborate with Boeing on fleet renewal, with the latter to aid Air Mandalay in procuring next-gen B737 aircraft through leasing channels.

Air Mandalay was founded as Myanmar’s first private domestic airline in October 1994.

Source: TTG Asia

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