Myanmar airlines to expand fleets in time for peak tourism season


Yangon – Myanmar’s two private airlines have announced plans to purchase new aircraft to service new routes in time for the coming peak tourism season, media reports said Sunday.

Both Air Bagan and Air Mandalay said they expand their limited fleets in time for the peak period of November to February, the Myanmar Times reported.

Air Bagan plans to buy two Airbus A-320s to service regional destinations such as Bangkok, Phuket, Siem Reap, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and two AIR 72-500 for its domestic routes.

‘The company will purchase four new aircraft in time for the upcoming peak season but we haven’t decided exactly when the new aircraft will be purchased and where they will be acquired from,’ an Air Bagan spokesperson told the weekly newspaper.

Companies in Myanmar, a pariah state among most Western democracies, are sometimes prevented from making purchases by economic sanctions on the ruling military regime and private firms close to the generals.

Air Bagan currently has six aircraft in operation – two ATR-72s, two ATR-42s and two Fokker 100s – as well as two Airbus A-310s in storage at Yangon International Airport.

Air Mandalay reportedly announced plans to add two new ATR-72s to expand its domestic services.

Myanmar saw a 39 per cent jump in international tourist arrivals during the first three months of this year, according to the Pacific Asia Travel Association.