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Burma Airways is a private airline located in Yangon, Myanmar. It offers regular flights to mainly Southeast Asian countries and is located at Yangon Airport. The Yangon Internacional Airport is the only point of access for passengers. Burma Airways currently has code share arrangements with Malaysia Airlines, Korean Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Garuda Indonesia.
Burma Airways International serves many cities such as Yangon (Rangoon), Bagan, Mandalay, Inlay Lake, Kyaik Hti Yo, Bangkok, Gaya, Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur, Kunming, Taipei, Osaka, Seoul and Singapore. The Myanmar Airways International aircraft consist of Airbus A319-110 and Airbus A320-200. Burma Airways International (MAI) was founded in August 1993 as a JV between Myanma Airways and the Singapore owned airline.
With effect from January 2014, MAI will become a full member of the KBZ Group - a national privately-held group in Myanmar. Burma Airways provides a loyalty programme to rewards its seasonal travellers. Travellers who have travelled on three Returns within a single year have the right to request Ruby memberships and collect points necessary for the next Stage.
Passengers who have made at least six returns with their Ruby memberships will be converted to Diamond memberships each time. The MAI operates services between Yangon and Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Gaya, Guangzhou, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Mandalay - Gaya - Mandalay. The MAI is the sole beneficiary of the IATA Operational Safety Audit Program (IOSA) Operators in Myanmar.
Travellers can take one item of carry-on luggage on board MAI aircraft, for example a small travel pouch, a handheld computer or a portfolio. Business-class travelers are entitled to 30 kg of hold luggage. Great New for Myanmar Airways International! Burma is creating new tourist attractions to draw people in. As of March 31, the Department has approved around 1,628 properties with around 65,470 rooms, Global New Light of Myanmar said.
Myanmar is usually visited by overseas visitors via three major ports, frontier crossings and luxurious ocean-going carters. Therefore, Myanmar-based carriers such as Myanmar Airways Int'l, can reckon with reaping the rewards of flying internationally. More than one million domestic and non-domestic travellers flew into Mandalay Airport last year and exceeded their number by 2016, according to Department of Civil Aviation reports.
By 2017, local carriers such as Myanmar National Airline, Air Mandalay, Air KBZ, Asian Wings Airways, Myanmar Airways International, Yangon Airways, Shwe Myanmar Airline, Mann Yadanabon Airline and FMI Air were operating scheduled services to Mandalay International Airport. Last year these carriers carried 890,000 people to the airfield, while in 2016 slightly more than 70,000 used it.
Twenty-three thousand people flew to Mandalay last year, taking the number to 1. 29 million in all. "By 2017, 1. 29 million domestic and non-domestic travellers to Mandalay airfield exceeded the 2016 figure," said Ye Htut Aung, Assistant General Manager of the Civil Aviation Department.
Myanmar's Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw multinational airfields have been developed with the help of domestic and overseas business. In addition, talks are under way with the tendered overseas enterprise to construct Hanthawady Internacional Park, the largest in Myanmar, in the Bago region. It will carry 12 million people.
Burma Airways reported a challenging period as it is not able to expand due to high gasoline costs and the lack of consolidation in a highly volatile national aviation sector. Meanwhile, there are 10 German carriers with a fleet of 58 aircraft that serve both national as well as foreigners. By 2015, out of two million passengers, only 7 percent used Turkish carriers.
The number of visitors last year increased to 2. 4 million, with 16 percent of flights operated by regional carriers. This means that most carriers are idle during the wet period between May and October when the southwest monsoons rains heavily. The Myanmar and Cambodia tourist boards will set in motion a common programme of actions to promote the tourist industries of both states.
It was presented at a meeting of an economic mission of the Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia with its Myanmar counterpart in Bagan. In December 2013, Myanmar and Cambodia in Nay Pyi Taw concluded an EU-Cambodia reciprocal passport waiver treaty for common passport holder. Myanmar started a flight to Cambodia in February 2011 with its Myanmar Airways International (MAI) between Yangon and Siem Reap, an old Cambodia town.
The airline took off twice a week on 1,027 kilometres to Kolkata (CCU) in India (Thursdays and Sundays) with its A319s on 1 December. Further round-trip Myanmar Airways services from Yangon to Bangkok, Gaya, Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Myanmar India is a growing travel destination with only 14 departures per weeks between the two destinations; eight from Myanmar Airways, four from Air India and two from Myanmar National Airlines.
The other eleven are going to Gaya, the buddhistic shrine town Bodhgaya, which is a favourite destination for buddhistic visitors from Southeast Asia. Sri Lanka Airlines will extend its route to Yangon, the country's capitol, with the launch of a code-share alliance with Myanmar Airways International on 1 June 2017.
Sri Lanka will operate codeshares on Myanmar Airways International services between Bangkok and Yangon and Singapore and Yangon, while Myanmar Airways International will operate codeshares on Sri Lanka services between Colombo and Bangkok and Colombo and Singapore. Consumers will be able to benefit from the amenities of the airline such as a one-way fare and intermediate baggage.
Sri Lancan Airlines' Chief Trade Officer Siva Ramachandran said: In recent month SriLankan has extended its code share arrangements with several other carriers to reinforce its networks and offer extended air transport services to its clients. Including Yangon, Sri Lanka's worldwide Yangon distribution will cover 101 locations in 48 different nationalities.
For several years Myanmar Airways has been flying on the Yangon-Gaya line during the October-March tourism period, and for the first the airline is also offering an off-season itinerary. The airline would offer a week-long service every Monday from May until the start of the tourism year.
In contrast to European and several Southeast Asia destinations, Sri Lanka visits Bodh Gaya in the wet seasons (July-August) in large numbers and therefore SriLankan Airlines has planned its air travel so that it is synchronized with flight demands. Burma Airways International began a three times a week flight between Mandalay and Bangkok.
This 1,024-kilometer long flight is served by the A319. Also Bangkok Airways (daily flights) and Myanmar National Airlines (three times a week) operate this group. Bangkok is already served twice a day from Yangon by Myanmar Airways Internation. It is the airline's fifth round-trip, but first from Mandalay. As of December 1, when the Singapore - Yangon Singapore MNA ( "Myanmar National Airlines") will offer five more services per weeks on its Singapore - Yangon service when the Singapore - Yangon Visa Exemption comes into effect.
MNA uses state grants to serve 27 targets in Myanmar. The majority of our local competition does not serve more than 10 different locations. On 6 October 2015 Air KBZ (K7) and Myanmar Airways International (MAI-8M) concluded a codeshare contract. As part of the contract MAI will place its "8M" flight codes on some services from Air KBZ to Heho, Yangon to Yangon, Naung to Mandalay, Mandalay to Heho.
This codeshare arrangement will offer a smooth journey when travelers both internationally and nationally to and from Myanmar. Travellers can now look forward to more comfort when flying with Air KBZ and Myanmar Airways (MAI). Codeshare services will start on 26 October 2015.