Monthly Archives: June 2015

Myanmar to Improve airports

 

Myanmar’s Ministry of Transportation has gained a USD1.93 million budget to improve several airports before 31 March 2016.

Myanmar Business Today said the funds would be used to improve domestic airports in Myitkyina, Putao, Bamaw and Naungmon in Kachin state.

During the fiscal year ending 31 March 2015, improvements were made to Myitkyina and Putao airports at a cost of USD542,000 and USD325,000. An airstrip in Naungmon was also built at a cost of USD904,000. None of the airports are strategic for mainstream tourism, but as the government attempts to diversify tourism beyond gateways some secondary airports will need to be used.

A plan to privatize 30 domestic airports has been postponed until possible 2016 due to a lack of interest by investors in the smaller airports.

The department announced in November 2013 that it would ask for bids to manage 30 of the country’s 69 domestic airports without any success. Companies would need to upgrade the airports and invest in expansion with little chance of breaking even on their investment after 10 years.

According to the DCA airports at, Nyaung U (Bagan), Heho (Inle Lake), Thandwe, Sittwe and Dawei have potential in the long-run to attract investors.

Source : TTR Weekly

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Boeing and Myanmar National Airlines marked the delivery of the airline’s first Next-Generation 737-800 leased from GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing arm of GE.

The celebration also marked the first all-new Boeing airplane to be delivered to any Myanmar-based airline.

The aircraft is the first to feature Myanmar National Airlines’ new livery and interior.

Formerly known as Myanma Airways, the government-owned airline as undergone a remake and intends to expand its network outside Myanmar with the introduction of the new 737.

“Our new 737 will allow us to expand our network to international markets and offer an even better experience for our passengers,” said Myanmar National Airlines CEO Than Tun. “Investing in new technology aircraft such as the 737 will ensure Myanmar National Airlines continues to be the pride of the country and positions us for future success.”

Myanmar National Airlines, under its old name Myanma Airways, served 25 domestic locations from a base in Yangon.

It was founded in 1948 as Union of Burma Airways and was under the full control of the military junta.

 

“Boeing is honoured to be a part of this very important milestone for Myanmar National Airlines,” said, Boeing’s senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India sales, Dinesh Keskar.

“A new, fuel-efficient airplane such as the Next-Generation 737 will provide Myanmar National Airlines with market-leading efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort, it needs to continue to prosper and grow in the region. We look forward to supporting their growth and prosperous future together.”

The 737-800 is the best-selling version of the highly successful Next-Generation 737 family. (PRNewswire).

Source : TTR Weekly