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Myanmar Airways International (MAI) is a privately owned airline headquartered in Yangon, Myanmar.
The airline operates scheduled international services to destinations mainly in Southeast Asia and is based at Yangon International Airport. Yangon International Airport is the only international entry point into the country for air travellers.
Myanmar Airways International has codeshare agreements with Malaysia Airlines, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Garuda Indonesia.
Myanmar Airways International flies to many destinations including domestically to Yangon (Rangoon), Bagan, Mandalay, Inlay Lake, Kyaik Hti Yo, Bangkok, Gaya, Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur, Kunming, Taipei, Osaka, Seoul and Singapore.
Myanmar Airways International's fleet consists of Airbus A319-110 and Airbus A320-200.
Myanmar Airways International (MAI), was established in August 1993, as a joint venture between Myanma Airways and Singapore based company. Effective from January 2014, MAI becomes a complete member of KBZ Group - a Myanmar National owned private company.
Frequent Flyer Program
Myanmar Airways offers a frequent flyer program to reward its regular passengers.
Two levels of membership:
Passengers who have traveled on three return flights within one calendar year are entitled to apply for the Ruby membership and start earning points required to qualify for the next level. If a passenger has completed a minimum of six return flights with his Ruby membership, the membership will automatically be moved up to the Diamond membership scheme.
A Sky Smile Privilege Program member can redeem the mile points earned by flying with MAI for free travel tickets. MAI flies between Yangon and Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Gaya, Guangzhou, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Mandalay - Gaya - Mandalay. MAI started its charter flight to Korea and Japan in March 2013. MAI is a member of the IATA Clearing House (ICH) and a partner of the IATA, MITA system. MAI is the only recipient in Myanmar of the IATA Operational Safety Audit Program (IOSA) Operator.
Passengers can take one piece of hand baggage aboard any MAI flights, for example a small travelling bag, a portable computer or a briefcase. Hand baggage may not exceed the dimensions 58 x 34 x 23 cm.
Each passenger traveling in Economy Class is entitled to a free allowance of 2 pieces of baggage with a maximum dimension not exceeding 158cm (L+W+H) and not exceeding the weight of 23kg (50lbs) each.
Business Class passengers are allowed to have 30 kgs of checked baggage.
Good news for Myanmar Airways International! Myanmar creates new destinations to attract tourists.
Myanmar's Hotels and Tourism Ministry is striving to encourage tourism by developing new avenues of tourism programs and creating new tourist destinations. The ministry has permitted about 1,628 hotels and guest houses with some 65,470 rooms to operate as of March 31, official Global New Light of Myanmar reported. As of December 2017, the ministry had also granted over 2,676 travel agencies, issuing 4,503 tour guide licenses, 3,449 regional tour guide licenses and 2,564 transport licenses. The ministry is also striving to promote eco-tourism, cultural tourism and community-based tourism in resource-rich areas, including historical landscapes, rivers, lakes, beaches, islands and forests.
Foreign tourists visit Myanmar mostly through three international airports, the border checkpoints as well as via luxury cruise liners. Therefore, Myanmar based airlines, such as Myanmar Airways International, can expect to reap the consequences of international passengers on flights.
Mandalay International Airport receives over 1 million passengers in 2017
Over a million local and foreign passengers entered Mandalay International Airport last year exceeding their number of 2016, according to sources from the Department of Civil Aviation. In 2017, domestic airlines such as Myanmar National Airlines, Air Mandalay, Air KBZ, Asian Wings Airways, Myanmar Airways International, Yangon Airways, Shwe Myanmar Airlines, Mann Yadanabon Airlines and FMI Air conducted regular flights to Mandalay International Airport.
Those airlines transported 890,000 passengers to the airport last year while just over 70,000 entered the airport in 2016. The number of international passengers arrived at the Mandalay airport last year was 430,000 bringing the total number to 1.29 million in total.
"In 2017, 1.29 million of local and foreign air passengers entered the Mandalay airport, exceeding the number of 2016," said Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Department. Myanmar's international airports in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw were upgraded with the help of local and foreign private sectors. Moreover, discussion is underway with the tender winning foreign company to build Hanthawady International Airport, which will be the biggest one in Myanmar, in Bago Region. The airport will accommodate 12 million passengers.
Myanmar Airways announced it was facing a difficult time as they are unable to grow because of high petrol prices and the failure to consolidate a fragmented domestic air travel market.
There are now 10 domestic airlines with 58 planes in total, serving both local and international travellers. The latter has been growing, according to figures from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). In 2015, out of two million tourists, only 7 per cent used local airlines. Last year, the number of tourists rose to 2.4 million, with 16 per cent flying local airlines. The main barrier is the high price of the flight ticket compared with the rest of Asean (Association of South-east Asian Nations). This is due mainly to the high costs of petrol and maintenance operations, which need to be paid in US dollars, he said. The result is that most airlines are inactive during the rainy season between May and October, when the south-west monsoon winds bring heavy rain to the country.
Myanmar Airways is set to benefit as Myanmar and Cambodia were set to launch a joint tourism action plan
Tourism authorities of Myanmar and Cambodia will launch a joint action plan aimed at boosting tourism industry of the two countries. The plan was forwarded when a business delegation of the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism met with its Myanmar counterparts in Bagan during its current visit. The two sides agreed to establish joint marketing efforts including joint events to promote new package tours such as a proposed "Angkor-Bagan, Two Ancient Capitals-One Destination" tour. Aimed at strengthening existing friendly relations in all fields and simplifying the procedures of citizens traveling between the two countries.
Myanmar and Cambodia had signed an agreement on mutual visa exemption for holders of ordinary passports in Nay Pyi Taw in December 2013. In February 2011, Myanmar established air link with Cambodia with its Myanmar Airways International (MAI) flying between Yangon and Siem Reap, an ancient city of Cambodia. The flight service was extended to reach Phnom Penh in November 2011.
Myanmar Airways International announced a sixth international route from (RGN)
On 1 December the carrier began twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) flights on the 1,027-kilometre route to (CCU) in India using its A319s. Competition comes from Air India’s weekly service. Myanmar Airways’ other international routes from Yangon are to Bangkok, Gaya, Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
The Myanmar-India market is a developing market with just 14 flights per week between the two countries; eight from Myanmar Airways, four from Air India and two from Myanmar National Airlines. Three of the weekly flights are to Kolkata while the remaining 11 are all to Gaya, which serves the Buddhist temple city of Bodhgaya, popular with Buddhist tourists from south-east Asia.
SriLankan Airways and Myanmar Airways International Announce Codeshare Agreement
SriLankan Airlines will expand its network to Yangon, the capital of Myanmar, from June 1, 2017, with the commencement of a codeshare partnership with Myanmar Airways International.
SriLankan will codeshare on flights operated by Myanmar Airways International between Bangkok and Yangon and also Singapore and Yangon, while Myanmar Airways International will codeshare on flights operated by SriLankan between Colombo and Bangkok, and Colombo and Singapore.
Passengers will enjoy the conveniences of the partnership, such as a single ticket itinerary and interlined luggage.
SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer Siva Ramachandran said:
“We are pleased to extend our network to Yangon, as part of our dynamic ongoing strategy of focusing on the Asia-Middle East region, which is the fastest growing market for global air travel. Myanmar is currently experiencing considerable growth in tourism, and we are confident that the addition of Yangon will strengthen our network and help serve the needs of our customers.”
SriLankan has in recent months expanded its codeshare agreements with several other airlines in order to strengthen its network and provide enhanced travel options for its customers. With the addition of Yangon, SriLankan’s global network will span 101 destinations in 48 countries.
Myanmar Airways has been operating a flight on Yangon-Gaya route in the tourist season (October-March) for the last several years, the airline would be, for the first time, operate an off season flight too.
However, the frequency of the flight would be scaled down. From May onwards till the commencement of tourist season, the airline would operate a weekly flight every Monday. Air India too operates a weekly flight on the Delhi-Gaya-Yangon route. Unlike pilgrims and tourists from Europe and several South East Asian countries, Sri Lankans visit Bodh Gaya in large numbers in the rainy season (July-August) and for that reason SriLankan Airlines has scheduled its flights to synchronise it with demand.
Myanmar Airways International began operating a thrice-weekly service between Mandalay and Bangkok. The 1,024-kilometre route will be operated by the airline’s A319s. Bangkok Airways (daily flights) and Myanmar National Airlines (thrice-weekly flights) also serve this airport pair. Myanmar Airways International already serves Bangkok twice-daily from Yangon. This is the airline’s fifth international route, but first from Mandalay. Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) will add five more flights per week on its Singapore-Yangon route starting December 1, when the visa waiver between the two countries comes into effect. Demand for the route, which MNA commenced as a daily service in August 2015, has been slow to moderate, according to some outbound agents in Singapore. With the help of government subsidies, MNA flies to 27 destinations in Myanmar. Most of its competitors in the domestic market fly to no more than 10 destinations.
In 2015, Air KBZ (K7) together with Myanmar Airways International (MAI-8M) has signed a code share agreement on 6 Oct 2015. Under the agreement, MAI will place its "8M" code on some routes of Air KBZ flights such as Yangon to Heho , Heho to Yangon, Naung U to Mandalay, Mandalay to Heho. The code share agreement will provide a seamless travelling experience when passengers travel both international as well as domestic to and in Myanmar. Passengers can now look forward to greater convenience when traveling on Air KBZ and Myanmar International Airways (MAI). The code share flights will be starting to operate on 26 October 2015.
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Yangon International Airport
Yangon International Airport, located in Mingaladon, at 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of downtown Yangon, is the primary and busiest international airport of Myanmar and the third largest airport in the country after Mandalay International Airport and Naypyidaw International Airport.
Once, it was regarded as the best and most modern airport in Southeast Asia. Airlines that fly from and to Yangon International Airport include AirAsia,Dragon Air, Thai Airways and Vietnam Airlines.
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