May 9, 2011

Myanmar airline to launch direct flights to Singapore, Indonesia, Qatar, South Korea, Japan, and United Arab Emirates

Myanmar Airways International (MAI) will launch a direct flight service to link Yangon with Singapore and Jakarta in June this year aimed at facilitating passengers traveling in the region, the marketing manager of the MAI told Xinhua Monday.

The 162-seat Airbus A-320 will be used in the daily flight service.

Meanwhile, MAI also has a plan to launch another direct flight service between Yangon and Dubai using such airbus A-320 in late October this year.

In addition, more flights to South Korea, Japan, United Arab Emirates and Qatar are also projected.

At present, MAI operates international flights with four Airbus A-320 between Yangon and Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Gaya, Siem Reap and Yangon-Bangkok-Singapore.

MAI, in its latest development, is known as a joint venture between the state-owned Myanmar Airways and the private Royal Myanmar Transport Co., transformed from that with a Singapore- based company -- Jester Asia in 1993.

The share of the Jester Asia was taken up by the Royal Myanmar Transport Co.

Besides the MAI flying internationally as Myanmar's national flag carrier, there are also 13 foreign airlines flying Yangon which comprise Air China, China Southern Airline, China Eastern Airlines, Thai Airways International, Indian Airlines, Air Asia Barhad's, China Airlines, Silk Air, Malaysian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Jetstar Asia, Thai Air Asia and Vietnam Airlines.
Source: Xinhua