Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Myanmar airways to offer Hong Kong flights

Tuesday, 09 October 2012 13:53 Mizzima News

Myanmar’s national carrier, Myanmar Airways International (MAI), will offer direct flights from Rangoon to Hong Kong three times a week before the end of the year, airline sources said on Monday.

A Myanmar International Airways plane Photo: MAI / facebook

The Rangoon-Hong Kong route will operate using an A320 aircraft, according to an article by the Xinhua news agency.

MAI is giving priority to flying regional routes at this time before offering flights to Europe, sources said.

MAI has extended its regular flights to Gaya, Guangzhou, Bangkok, 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 into Burma.

At present, there are 15 foreign airlines flying to Rangoon, including Korean Air, launched in September, and Qatar Airways, which has an October launch planned.

MAI is a joint venture between state-owned Myanmar Airways and the private Royal Myanmar Transport Co., which was created from Jetstar Asia in 1993, a Singapore-based company.

Five other privately run domestic airlines operate in Burma: Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Air Bagan, Asian Wings and Air Kanbawza.

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