FMI Air Starts Yangon-Sittwe Flights; Introduces Upgraded Check-in

Local carrier FMI Air has begun a scheduled direct service from Yangon to Sittwe in Rakhine state. The service will run five days a week from Monday to Friday, and one way ticket will be sold for $65 during the promotion period until September 11. Mark Collins, chief operating officer of FMI Air, said, “There […]

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 […]

Vietjet Offers Promotional Fares for Yangon-HCMC Flights

Vietnamese low cost carrier Vietjet said it is selling tickets at special prices for its newest route linking Yangon to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The sale will go on from 11:30 to 13:30 (Myanmar time) everyday from July 24 to July 29. The carrier said that “lucky tickets” will be available from $0 […]

MNA to Fly First International Route with New Boeing 737-800

Myanmar National Airlines (MNA), the country’s flag carrier, has received its first Boeing 737-800, part of the delivery of ten commercial aircrafts which MNA ordered in a multi-million dollar deal last year to re-invigorate its brand. The new fleet will link MNA’s 26 domestic destinations with an expanded international network starting with the launch of […]

$2 Million Allotted for Domestic Airport Upgrades

The government has allotted K2.14 billion ($1.93 million) to upgrade several airports over the course of this fiscal year 2015-16, the Ministry of Transportation announced. The development of domestic airports in Myitkyina, Putao, Bamaw and Naungmon in Kachin state will be prioritised. Last fiscal year, Myitkyina and Putao airports were upgraded with K600 million ($542,000) […]

Radixx Strikes FMI Air Deal

Florida-based Radixx International, a cloud-based reservation and distribution system for airlines, has entered into an agreement with local carrier FMI Air to manage its reservation and departure control systems. FMI Air CEO Bruce Nobles said, “As Myanmar opens up to foreign investment and tourism, the need for a world-class air service capability is readily apparent. […]

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 […]

Yangon, Mandalay Airports to Deploy Satellite-Based Technologies for Safer Flying

American conglomerates Honeywell and Hughes Aerospace will assist Yangon and Mandalay international airports to develop satellite-based navigation technologies for optimising takeoff and landing routes, the firms announced. This is the first step in an effort to improve procedures at Myanmar airports by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), which plans to install performance-based navigation (PBN) […]

Yangon Aerodrome to Overhaul Mingalardon

Yangon Aerodrome, a locally-owned company, has won the tender to upgrade Yangon’s Mingalardon International Airport. The company competed against six other companies to win the tender to upgrade the airport, after the Department of Civil Aviation invited bids from the private sector between October and December. They plan to complete the upgrades within four years, […]

Garuda Indonesia, MAI Sign Code Share Agreement

Garuda Indonesia, the state-run airline of Indonesia, and Myanmar Airways International (MAI) have concluded a code share agreement between the two airlines. Under the agreement, Garuda will place its “GA” code on MAI’s flights between Bangkok-Yangon and Singapore-Yangon, while MAI will place its “8M” code on Garuda’s operations between Jakarta-Bangkok and Jakarta-Singapore. MAI had previously […]