Myanmar’s new airline takes off this month

Tuesday, 14 December 2010 From Issue Vol. XVIII No. 50 By  Rahul Khanna, TTG Asia

Myanmar’s new domestic airline, Asian Wings Airways, plans to begin operations from the middle of November to capture demand during the high season and an anticipated rise in arrivals following the country’s general elections.

Asian Wings Airways general manager Maung Maung Shwe Moe said the airline plans to offer regular domestic flights from Yangon to Nyaung Oo, Mandalay, Heho, Thandwe and Sittwe.

It is also eyeing non-scheduled flights to Tachileik, Lashio, Homalin, Myitkyina, as well as southern destinations such as Dawei, Kawthoung and Myeik. Flights will be operated using two 70-seat ATR72-500 aircraft.

Details of the airline’s investors would be announced at the official launch as the airline was waiting for the permission to operate, he added.

Meanwhile, another new domestic carrier, Air Kanbawza, owned by Kanbawza Bank, is also expected to start services before year-end.

The two airlines will join four existing domestic carriers: Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Air Bagan and state-run Myanma Airways.

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