Myanmar pushes ahead with new carrier, airport

Asia’s recently democratized nation, Myanmar (formerly Burma), is expanding its aviation capability with a new airline and the construction of an international airport. The new carrier, to be named Asian Blue Aviation, is joint venture (JV) between Japan’s full-service carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Myanmar-based banking, infrastructure and telecoms company Golden Sky World, a […]

New Bago airport delayed again, to 2022

The target opening date for Yangon’s new international airport has been pushed back by another two years to 2022. The Hanthawaddy International Airport was first imagined in the early 1990s, but the project was put on hold in 2004. When discussions resumed in 2013, officials said it would be ready by 2016. Then, after talks […]

Myanmar’s flag carrier returns overseas with Yangon-S’pore route

SINGAPORE: After a 22-year hiatus, flag carrier Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) on Monday (Aug 17) resumed flying overseas as it launched its international flight from Yangon to Singapore, despite other Myanmar airlines having struggled to compete with Singaporean carriers on the highly competitive route. The re-christened Myanmar flag carrier, formerly known as Union of Burma […]

Myanmar’s Aviation Industry Booms Despite Grim Safety Record

KONEMOE, Shan State — Htay Aung was riding pillion on a motorbike last Christmas morning, wending through the cool hills of eastern Burma, when Air Bagan Flight 11 came down on top of him. The Fokker 100—more than 24 tons of aircraft, plus 65 passengers and six crew—sheared its way through trees and power lines, […]