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Burma National Airlines starts operations
On Wednesday, the Department of Transit on Myanmar National Airlines, recently re-named Myanma Airways, was officially official. Corporatisation will help boost investments in aeronautical technology and service, revitalise the country's aeronautical industries and enhance the MNA' s level of hostliness.
"I am very happy that this 66-year-old carrier, which has been operating since gaining full autonomy, is moving towards corporatization," said Capt. Than Tun, MNA' s Executive Vice President. For a number of years, the carrier has become a renowned domestic carrier known for its level of customer care and will seek to remain the number one among the country's airlines, the CEO added.
As part of the declaration, the Department said that from 15 December the company will introduce new domestic air lines and domestic air traffic management systems, an integrated airlines management system, an on-line reservation and ticketing system and a departure control system as part of its transition programme to meet interna -tional flight safety and security requirements. In addition, customers can use the new website to use an automated reservation machine and the on-line check-in will first be approved at Yangon Airport before the new facility will be launched in Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay, Heho and NyaungU, where it will be available a few additional few week later.
Burma Airways replaces old airplanes
The state-owned Myanma Airways will take ownership of three new planes in good timeframe for the upcoming high tourism period, a spokesman said last weekend. Spokesman said the company will be replacing five aging Fokker F-27 s and F-28 s in its fleets with three 50-seater "turboprops" from China without naming the name.
"Myanma Airways is proud to celebrate our sixty-twoth ieth birthday on September 15. Starting from this jubilee, we are planing a better service for customers with new aircrafts to comply with the latest global standards," said the spokesman. It flies to 26 domestic airports with eight aircraft: two ATR-72, one ATR-42, three Fokker F-28 and two Fokker F-27.
"The old Fokker F-27 and F-28 will be superseded by the three new turboprops," he said. After a 17-year break, he said Myanma Airways also plans to travel "in the near future" to local locations, but has not specified when the flight would start. Following the formation of Myanmar Airways ltd (MAI), in which Myanma Airways holds a 20 percent interest, the company discontinued its operations on 15 August 1993.
"We are planning to buy new jetliners to be able to extend to regional services in the area. We will buy the new plane first and then go to market-oriented locations such as Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand," he said. The MAI operates to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Gaya in India and has scheduled to start services between Yangon and Guangzhou in South China by October.
As the spokesman said, Myanma Airways not only serves domestic routes, but also provides airports such as groundhandling and freight forwarding that have proven to be a profitable revenue stream. Burma Airways was founded in 1948 as the Union of Burma Airways. In 1948, domestic regular service to 19 domestic routes began with six De Havilland Dove planes with nine seats.
Regular services to Bangkok, Calcutta and Chittagong began in 1950 and new Handley Page Marathon planes were added to the route to Penang and Singapore in 1953. Later, it added services to Kathmandu, Dhaka, Hong Kong and Jakarta.