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Restructuring, cost efficiencies needed to lift MNA out of the red

Despite launching new international routes and enjoying higher passenger load factors, Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) is still in the red. This is now prompting calls for an overhaul of its cost structure and a plan to upgrade existing infrastructure such as the airline’s payment systems, moves that may well give the airline a second lease […]

Glamping arrives in Mergui Archipelago

It’s a case of ‘take only photos and memories, leave only footprints’ at the newest five-star resort in the remote Mergui Archipelago, off the coast of southern Myanmar and Thailand. With its opening listed as among the most highly anticipated by luxury lifestyle Robb Report and Luxury Travel magazine, Awei Pila (aweipila.com) received its first […]

Yangon-Pathein-Yangon flight inaugurated

A new Yangon-Pathein-Yangon flight began its maiden trip from Yangon to Pathein in Ayeyawady Region yesterday, state media reported. The aircraft landed in Pathein Airport in the evening where its passengers and crew were welcomed by Ayeyawady Region Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung, the regional Hluttaw Speaker, regional ministers and department officials. The Chief […]

Amata Holding to deploy Bell helicopters in Mergui

Tourism and hotels company Amata Holding Public Co Ltd is in negotiations with representatives of an American aviation company for a deal that could bring helicopter transportation and sea plane flights to the Mergui archipelago in Kawthaung, Tanintharyi Region in the south of Myanmar. “We intend to start helicopter and sea plane operations around the […]

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 […]

Fuel prices, protectionism hobble Myanmar airline industry

Myanmar’s once lucrative airline industry is struggling to stay afloat with many carriers already halving their fares to draw more passengers. A shortage of modern infrastructure and high import bill is driving up the price of jet fuel, making it exceedingly difficult for many local airlines to keep their fleets airborne. Already, the Department of […]

New route Chiang Mai to Yangon

CHIANG MAI : AirAsia will introduce a new direct service linking Chiang Mai in North Thailand with Yangon in Myanmar. The three weekly service, scheduled Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, will start 11 August. August is one of the lowest months for travel to Yangon and traffic from Chiang Mai will be even lower. However, there […]

Myanmar: The Next Asian Dragon

Myanmar’s Aviation Industry is at a serious juncture in its evolvement and no longer sustainable in its current and present shape. Over the past five years Myanmar has approved the start-up of four new domestic airlines and revamp and rebrand of its national airline, “ Myanmar National Airlines”, to stimulate both domestic and international air […]

Airline links Yangon and Phuket

Myanmar National Airlines has opened bookings for a new service linking Yangon with Phuket a popular holiday island in South Thailand. Heading for a 25 March launch and bookable now for flights through to the end of the year, the airline will use an 100-seat Embraer E190 aircraft for the new service. According to Airlineroute’s […]

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 […]