Oct 8, 2012

Myanmar int'l airline to fly to Hong Kong later this year

Myanmar's national carrier, the Myanmar Airways International (MAI), will launch direct flight from Yangon to China's Hong Kong before the end of this year, according to airline sources Monday.

Using A320, the Yangon-Hong Kong route will operate three times a week, the sources said, adding that the date of its maiden flight has not been set yet.

While operating chartered flights also, MAI is giving priority to flying regional destinations and then European's.

MAI has extended its regular flight to Gaya of India, Guangzhou of China, Bangkok of Thailand, Singapore and Bangkok-Singapore- Bangkok while two new air routes -- Mandalay-Bangkok-Mandalay and Mandalay-Gaya-Mandalay are being extended in October and November.

At present, MAI is flying to five countries with six Airbus A320, transporting 500,000 passengers annually.

Meanwhile, five more foreign airlines, Dragon Air, EVA Air, All Nippon Airways, Singapore Airlines, Germany based Condor Airlines and Trans Asia Airways are preparing to fly Myanmar in addition to the existing foreign ones.

At present, there are 15 foreign airlines flying Yangon, of which Korean Air was launched in September, while Qatar Airways in October as the latest.

MAI is known as a joint venture between the state-owned Myanmar Airways and the private Royal Myanmar Transport Co., which was 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.

In addition to the 64-year-old state-operated domestic Myanma Airways (MA), there are also five other private-run domestic airlines in Myanmar, namely Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Air Bagan, Asian Wings and Air Kanbawza.

Source: Xinhua