Air Bagan Temporarily Ceases Operations

Local carrier Air Bagan has temporarily suspended its operations in order to perform maintenance on its fleet of three airplanes.

Air Bagan, which was established in 2004, has difficulties in buy or lease more aircraft due to US economic sanctions, or acquire necessary spare parts for its two ATR42-320s and one ATR72-500 aircraft, resulting in a dwindling fleet and economic losses.

On December 25, 2012, an Air Bagan flight crashed in Heho Airport in Shan state, resulting in the deaths of two people. Again on July 24, an Air Bagan plane skidded off the runway at Yangon International Airport, resulting in minor injuries.

The carrier currently has one operational airplane, and will use this time to fix all three.

Air Bagan is continuing to sell tickets as usual for when it resumes flights in October, it said in an announcement. The company announced that they have shifted pre-ordered air tickets to Asian Wings.

There were rumours that the airline was shuttered due to Air Bagan boss U Tay Za’s links to embattled political hopeful Thura U Shwe Mann, although the company insisted that mechanical maintenance is the sole reason to cease flights.

Source: Myanmar Business Today

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