Dec 14, 2012

New Brazilian-made aircraft arrives for Myanmar Airways

A new Brazilian-made Embraer 190 aircraft purchased by state-owned Myanmar Airways has arrived in Yangon on Tuesday night.

As part of the airline's efforts to replace aged aircrafts, Myanmar Airways has acquired two Embraer 190 aircrafts under a lease agreement with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).

The second aircraft is scheduled to arrive next month.

The two new aircrafts will replace the F-28 aircrafts that have been in service for over 30 years.

"The Embraer 190 aircraft can carry 100 passengers. Besides flying to local destinations, we plan to fly to Gaya [India] and Chiang Mai [Thailand]. We also plan to allow charter services," said Than Htut, general manager of Myanmar Airways.

Myanmar Airways also replaced old Fokker F-27 with Chinese-made MA-60 two years ago.

The state-owned airline is currently operating three F-28, three ART, three MA-60 and two Beech-1900D aircrafts.

Embraer 190 aircrafts have become popular among international airlines because they provide more cabin space for passengers than Air-Bus A320 and save cost for spare part. By far, only one fatal accident has been reported involving the Embraer aircrafts.

Source: Eleven Media