Monthly Archives: July 2014

MAI expanding flights to Korea, Japan

Myanmar Airways International (MAI) will begin regular flights to Japan and South Korea in October, the carrier said.

Aye Maya Thar, MAI’s marketing and public relations manager, said it had been selling tickets for flights from Yangon to South Korea since last year through a code-sharing agreement with Korean Air and Korean carrier Asiana Airlines.

Flights to Korea will begin in the second week of October and flights to Japan will start in the last week of the month, she said. It will fly to both countries three times a week.
She said it had also commenced charter flights to South Korea and Japan in February.

MAI also signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates on March 10 to become the first airline from Myanmar to fly to the UAE. The flights will start next year but the exact date has yet to be announced.

MAI has a fleet of seven 180-seat A320 Airbus and two 120-seat A319 Airbus jets. Its current destinations from Yangon are Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou, Siem Reap, and Phnom Penh.

MAI announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan-based HAMA Inc to set up a joint venture to expand flights between the two countries.

Source : Eleven Myanmar

Foreign companies to supply jet fuel to Yangon airport

The import and supply of jet fuel to Yangon International Airport will be done in partnership with foreign companies, according to Myanmar Petroleum Products Enterprise (MPPE).

MPPE, under the Ministry of Energy, announced a tender for partnership in the jet fuel franchise in June 2013.

Although, more than 20 local and foreign companies have applied, MPPE decided to join hands only with foreign companies which have experience in the international oil business.

There are 11 airports in Myanmar selling aviation fuel but still supply cannot meet the demand, especially with rocketing tourist arrivals.

The Pioneer Aerodrome Company, which built the Nay Pyi Taw Airport, has applied to be a fuel provider in that airport, accordingly Myint Tin, director of MPPE.

Source : Eleven Myanmar

Domestic tourism industry sees comeback

YANGON – Myanmar’s domestic tourism industry is booming due to increasing numbers of local travellers interested in visiting their own country. 

Nearly five million Myanmar tourists have visited local destinations and sites this year, according to a local tour company.

“Myanmar people now like travelling. In previous tourism season, they visited famous places like Chaungtha and Ngwesaung beaches, Shwe Set Taw, Ah Laungdaw Kathapha and  Kyaikhteeyoe pagodas as well as Taunggyi, Inlay Lake and Bagan pagoda. The numbers of local visitors are now increasing,” said Than Htay, chairman of the domestic pilgrimage and tour entrepreneurs’ association.

Domestic tour services declined back in 2011 but have bounced back with record numbers of local tourists keen on visiting local sites and destinations. Last summer season there were 4.5 million local travellers, which was up from 3.5 million in 2012.

Tour companies are now planning visits to Loikaw in Kayah State, Thantaung and Myainggyingu regions in Kayin State.

“Although it is now rainy season, the central regions hardly get rain. Some travellers used to go the upper regions because the roads are good condition. Now we have to go Kyaikhteesaung pagoda in Mon State,” said Than Htay, a tour operator.

Taunggyi, Inlay Lake, Pintaya, Bagan, Poppa, Ah Laungtaw Kathapha, Shwe Set Taw, Kyaikhteeyoe pagodas and Chaungtha beach are high on the list of domestic travel agencies.

Source : Eleven Myanmar

Mandalay tourism dwindles following riots

The numbers of local and foreign tourists visiting the famous Taung Taman Lake and U Bein Bridge has plummeted following the recent sectarian violence in Mandalay.

Taung Taman Lake and U Bein Bridge are some of the most famous sights in Mandalay Region but the continuing curfew and simmering unrest has warded off both local and foreign visitors to the area, according to local operators.

“It is usually very crowded at big occasions like the recent Waso full moon… but now the curfew is imposed and most of them do not come for fear of being arrested,” said one shop owner.

Two days of religious riots on July 3 and 4 has resulted in a curfew for most areas of the ancient capital, which is one of Myanmar’s main tourist destinations.

The landmark U Bein Bridge is a main attraction, with visitors enjoying canoe rides to photograph the famous stilted bridge.

“Sometimes foreigners can’t arrive by car in time and have to find them in the dark. So they are not visiting here as usual,” said one canoe owner.

Source : Eleven Myanmar

Apex and FMI pending approval to begin domestic flights

Private airlines Apex and FMI are waiting for approval from the Myanmar Investment Commission to begin domestic  flights, according to the department of aviation.

Both will be focusing to fly the Nay Pyi Taw to Yangon route, providing an alternative for government workers and officials to the dangers of road travel.

“Many requirements are needed to establish a new airline. The priority is Air Operation Certificate (AOC). In order to get an issuance of AOC, many steps and information needs to be filled out. Another fact is passenger safety. Upon all necessary items and information, AOC will be granted,” said Win Swe, director general for the aviation department.

He added that necessary items and information included the companies financial and management policy, how they planned to hire pilots and engineers, and preparation for emergency cases.

Source : Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar Airways, ATR Ltd., sign MoU on purchasing aircrafts


Officials from Myanmar Airways and ATR Ltd., signed an MoU on purchasing six ATR 72-600 aircrafts and establishing a workshop for large aircrafts, on Wednesday at the head office of Myanmar Airways in Yangon.

One new French-made aircraft will arrive in Myanmar in 2015, three in 2016 and two in 2017 that were purchased through the financial assistance of EXIM banks in Italy and France. The work for establishing workshop will be implemented within three months after signing the MoU, according to an official.

The official said Myanmar Airways, a state owned enterprise, stopped its international flights from 1993 but is now organizing an international schedule for 2015.

Myanmar Airways is currently operating local flights to 26 townships with 10 aircrafts.—MNA

Source : New Light of Myanmar

Air Mandalay inks deal with Japan’s Mitsubishi Aircraft to purchase six jets

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Air Mandalay Limited, a joint venture company that was incorporated in 1994 to operate as Myanmar’s first joint venture airline, has recently signed an aircraft purchase agreement with Japan’s Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., at Farnborough Airshow in England.

According to a press release The New Light of Myanmar received from Air Mandalay on Wednesday, the agreement is for an order of six Mitsubishi Regional Jets with an option to purchase four more MRJ90s.

Advanced design characteristics, promised customer support and the reliability and economy of the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan Engine resulted in choosing the MRJ for the company, said Air Mandalay’s CEO Gary J Villiard in the statement Tuesday.

According to an article posted online on Wednesday by The Japan Times, “Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., developing Japan’s first passenger jet, has won an order worth US$281 million in list prices from Air Mandalay Ltd. in Myanmar. The article continued to say, that “Each aircraft costs US$46.8 million in list price.”

The statement said deliveries are due to start in 2018 from Mitsubishi Aircraft, which is building 70-90 seat next-generation aircrafts.

Air Mandalay is currently operating flights to 15 domestic destinations and charter services to oil companies.

Following the deal to purchase jets from Mitsubishi Aircraft Company with 325 MRJ on order at UK’s top air show, Yangon-based Air Mandalay has become the first Asian airline outside of Japan to select the aircraft.—NLM

Source : New Light of Myanmar

Myanma Airways to change name

State-run Myanma Airways will be renamed Myanmar National Airways once a new aviation legislation is passed.

Once the Myanmar Aviation Bill, which has been submitted and deliberated in the Lower House of Parliament becomes law it will allows significant changes to the state owned airline and its management structure.

Myanma Airways managing director, Than Tun, said the legislation has been approved by Upper House and is awaiting approval of  the Lower House.

“Only after the enactment of the law, can the name Myanma Airways be changed to Myanmar National Airways and changes can be made to the airline’s commercial charter,” he said.

The airline is also discussing with aviation consultant, Avia Solution Group, on how to upgrade its operations and be commercially competitive on a regional basis.

Myanma Airlines is supposed to lease 10 new Boeing aircraft from US-based GE Capital Aviation Services. After taking deliveries of the aircraft, international flights will be established. The leasing deal was signed in Singapore on February 11.

With the government approval, the state-run airline can move foward and  confirm the lease  of six Boeing 737-800 and four Boeing 737-8MAX. The aircraft should be delivered from June 2015 to 2020. The airline will also buy six ATR 72-600 aircraft for domestic services.

The state-owned airline was formed in September 1948 and has made most of its revenue by letting other airlines provide services in exchange for a share of equity or the payment of royalties. Since the 2013/2014 fiscal year the airline has started to fund its own expansion.

Currently, the airline flies to 26 towns in Myanmar with a fleet of nine aircraft – three ATR72s, one ATR42, three Beech 1900D and two Embraer 190. They also have two cargo planes; a MA 60 and a F28.

Source : TTR Weekly

Myanmar braces for more foreign arrival

Yangon International Airport, the country’s main gateway, has recorded over 500,000 foreign travellers entering Myanmar from January 1 to end of June 2014.

“There are 506,274 foreigners have entered from the airport terminal. Most are from Thailand,” said an official from the immigration department from the Yangon Airport.

Thai travellers mainly visit Shwedagon Pagoda, Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda and Botahtaung Pagoda, which are important Buddhist destinations. Following Thailand, China then Japan listed the largest number of visitors.

The Yangon International Airport estimated to welcome 2.1 million travellers a year at the most. However, there were 2.4 million passed through the airport just last year and the country is expecting even more tourists to visit this year.

Source : Eleven Myanmar

ATF preparations on track

Preparations for ATF 2015 that will be held in Myanmar’s capital, Nya Pyi Taw, 22 to 29 January, 2015, are well underway, with sales of over 200 TRAVEX booths according to the organisers’ latest update.

MP International Singapore reports that 200 travex booths have bee sold and more than 350 buyers and media have also submitted their registrations online for selection as hosted buyers and media.

Representatives from ATF 2015 event managers MP Singapore and Myanmar Ventures Group were in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw in May to meet with members of Myanmar Tourism Marketing and Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA), and hoteliers in Myanmar respectively.

The team also visited Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2014 in June to promote ATF and host a press conference.

There are two important tips for those wishing to participate in the event.

Sellers need to secure their booths early and all delegates will need to secure their hotel accommodation through officials channels as room capacity will be stretched to the limit to the accommodate up to 2,000 trade visitors during the ATF week.

There are three hotel zones in host city Nay Pyi Taw – Dekkhinathiri, Uttarathiri and Pohbbathiri. To assist delegates in their selection of hotel accommodation, the ATF Organising Committee has identified 16 official hotels for ATF 2015, which offer a wide range of room types and prices. Delegates are advised to book their accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Myanmar is the host for the first time in the event’s 34-year history.

Source : TTR Weekly