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Domestic airlines will not raise airfares yet despite rising fuel prices

Despite rising global oil prices, domestic airlines have no plans yet to raise airfares to compensate for higher jet fuel costs. They said this will help encourage domestic air travel while the number of foreign travelers within the country is still low. “We haven’t increased our fares even though fuel costs have risen. We have […]

Myanmar National to seek foreign funds for fleet upgrade

Myanmar National Airlines (UB, Yangon) will seek foreign investors to finance the upgrade of the carrier’s international fleet and it has also approached the Myanma Port Authority in this regard, Director U Myint Aung has told The Myanmar Times. The Myanmarese flag carrier has been unprofitable since its corporatisation in 2013 but hopes to post […]

Mandalay Int’l Airport received over 1 million passengers last year

More than a million local and foreign passengers entered Mandalay International Airport last year exceeding the number of 2016, according to sources from the Department of Civil Aviation. In 2017, domestic airlines such as Myanmar National Airlines, Air Mandalay, Air KBZ, Asian Wings Airways, Myanmar Airways International, Yangon Airways, Shwe Myanmar Airlines, Mann Yadanabon Airlines […]

Myanmar’s airlines face pressure at home and abroad

Underfinanced and often unprofitable, Myanmar’s airlines are in a fight for survival as competition heats up from rivals inside and outside the country. The sector has several factors in its favour – Myanmar is enjoying strong economic growth, fuel prices are low and the number of foreign tourists is rising. But by and large the […]

Airlines rely on local customers

Domestic airlines mainly depend on local travellers as tourist arrivals decline during the rainy season, sources say. Myanmar has 10 domestic airlines including Air Bagan, Air KBZ, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways and Golden Myanmar Airlines. Most cater services to serve tourism, flying round the main tourist destinations like Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan. The monsoon season […]

Air Mandalay Shows Off New Embraer Fleet Ahead of Relaunch

Air Mandalay hosted a special flight to Ngapali for members of the press and stakeholders to display its new fleet prior to its official recommencement of scheduled flights on May 1. Air Mandalay suspended its operations on December 10 last year citing “unforeseen delays on the scheduled arrival” of leased aircraft. Its charter services officially […]

Poor aviation infrastructure hinders Myanmar’s aviation potential

Slow improvement in aviation infrastructure remains the biggest hurdle that Myanmar must overcome if it is to cash in on the Asean Open Skies or even pursue its dream to become an aviation hub in Asia. At the Myanmar Civil Aviation Development Conference in March 2014, Transport Minister Nyan Htun Aung announced Myanmar’s vision “that […]

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, […]

Airlines operate with new challenges

A new set of challenges faces the domestic air industry, as the number of airlines grow and ASEAN Open Skies is set to fully kick in later this year, according to deputy transport minister U Zin Yaw. Speaking at the Amyotha Hluttaw on March 12 in response to a question from Yangon representative U Nyunt […]

Myanmar’s Air Mandalay CEO adamant flights will resume this month

Air Mandalay (6T, Yangon) CEO U Sai Kham Park Hpa has refuted claims levelled by predecessor Gary Villiard that the airline’s poor financial and managerial state will preclude it from resuming operations at the end of the month. “We will resume operations with one ATR72-212 and two ERJ-145 aircraft, which will arrive in Myanmar near […]