Monday, August 27, 2012

Chartered Rangoon-to-Naypyitaw flights to begin

Monday, 27 August 2012 14:14 Mizzima News

A Burmese chartered flight service will start three flights per day between Rangoon and Naypyitaw in September, local media reported on Friday.

The private company, First Myanmar Investment (FMI) Air Charter Service, will acquire two aircraft, a 40-seat ATR-42 and 16-seat Beechcraft, from state-run domestic Myanma Airways (MA), Biweekly Eleven News reported this week.

The chartered flights will begin on Sept. 9, the report said.

Meanwhile, local media said two more new private airlines – Golden Myanmar Airlines and Taninthayi Airlines – are planning to provide domestic and international flights from Mandalay. No details about destinations or types of aircraft were provided.

The airlines are now discussing details with civil aviation authorities.

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

Besides Myanmar Airways International (MAI) flying internationally as Myanmar's national flag carrier, there are 13 foreign airlines flying to Rangoon including Air China, China Southern Airline, China Eastern Airlines, Thai Airways International, Indian Airlines, Air Asia, Taiwan region's China airlines, Silk Air, Malaysian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Jetstar Asia, Thai Air Asia and Vietnam Airlines.

Meanwhile, five new international airlines will start flights to Rangoon in October including Taiwan's EVA Air, South Korea's KAL, Japan's All Nippon Airline (ANA), China's Hong Kong-based Dragon Airline and Qatar Airways.

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