Myanma Airways To Debut Two E-190 Jets

Temples of Bagan at Twilight in Myanmar

Temples of Bagan at Twilight in Myanmar

New E-Jet’s for Domestic Myanmar Travel

Myanmar, the second largest country in Southeast Asia has been opened to the west through reforms as a small, developing tourism market exists. The country, once under a tight grip of the military junta, has had elections and a series of reforms which have opened travel to the nation.

As the second largest nation in the region, Myanmar, also known as Burma, is rich in history with many Temples and Archaeological Zones. The most popular is the Bagan Archaeological Zone among tourists.

International airlines across Asia and the Middle East are starting to provide flights to Yangoon (RGN) and as the nation is seeing a steady increase in air travel, travelers are looking for domestic flights to visit different regions of the nation. Year-over-year visitor arrivals increased 26% in 2010 and 22% in 2011 and continue to climb.

Photographed above are the Temples of Bagan at twilight. Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar, also known as Burma. The best way to reach Bagan is by commercial air into Bagan Nyaung Oo Airport (NYU). Another popular domestic route is to Mandalay International Airport (MDL). Mandalay is the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Burma.

As the second largest Southeast Asian nation and an emerging market, carriers will continue to seek new, modern and fuel-efficient aircraft for both citizens and visitors to travel across the nation safely.

Myanma Airways Embraer 190 Twin-Jet

Myanma Airways Embraer 190 Twin-Jet

The flag carrier of Myanmar, Myanma Airways, has acquired two Embraer-190 twin-jet aircraft to meet the increased demand of travel to Myanmar. The two planes were obtained under a lease agreement with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE.

Each aircraft is configured with 100 seats in an all economy layout. The carrier plans to use the modern E-190’s on its domestic routes, but with a range of 2,400 nautical miles, the aircraft also provides sufficient range to operate to new Asian destinations as the national flag carrier.

Myanma Airways Managing Director Than Tun said, “we are delighted to begin working with established companies like GE and Embraer to help build and modernize our transportation infrastructure and expand the benefits of air travel to our citizens.”

Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer President, Commercial Aviation, said, “Embraer is pleased that Myanma Airways has selected the E190, which is a proven platform that brings greater operating efficiency to airlines worldwide.” Silva continues, “We look forward to further supporting the growth and enhancement of the dynamic air transport market in Myanmar, a country which is seeing an increasing importance on the international business scene. We are equally pleased to build on our longstanding partnership with GECAS and introduce our family of E-Jets to more customers.”

The two E-190’s will be replacing two older Fokker F28 aircraft and will be delivered by the end of the year.

The Myanma Airways fleet also has several turbo-props including the Xian MA60, an aircraft made by China’s Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation, along with a handful of ATR-42, ATR-72, and two Beechcraft 1900 aircraft.

In Asia Pacific, over 200 Embraer commercial aircraft are in service with more than twenty operators. Embraer’s regional corporate office is based in Singapore, as is its regional distribution center from where the company provides comprehensive customer service and support to customers in the region.

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