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Myanmar Airways International Co., Ltd. ( ) is the international airline of Myanmarmarker, headquartered in the Sakura Tower in Yangonmarker.

It operates scheduled international services to destinations in South-east Asia. Its main base is Yangon International Airportmarker.

History

The airline was founded by the government before independence in 1946 as Union of Burma Airways. It initially operated domestic services. International services were added in 1950. The name was changed to Burma Airways in December 1972, and to Myanma Airways on April 1, 1989, following the renaming of the country from Burma to Myanmar. International services were transferred to Myanmar Airways International, set up in 1993.
Myanmar Airways International (MAI) took off in August 1993, initially created as a joint venture between Myanma Airways and Singaporemarker-based Highsonic Enterprises, with the support of Royal Brunei Airlines. It boasted a Singapore management team (many ex-Singapore Airlines staff), new Boeing aircraft, all-expatriate cockpit crews, improved training for flight attendants and new UKmarker Civil Aviation Authority operating standards. Eventually, the original joint venture was terminated and MAI became a wholly-owned Myanmar company. In January 2001, a new joint venture was formed in which Region Air Myanmar (HK) Ltd., took a 49% stake and a local businessman through his company Zan Co. took a 11% share and Myanma Airways retained 40%.

In 2001, a new corporate identity and aircraft livery was rolled out and the company completed its first major cabin-crew-upgrading program. In 2002, the airline obtained new International Air Transport Association (IATA) airline designator codes and joined both the IATA Multilateral Interline Traffic Agreement (MITA) and IATA Clearing House. The airline sent 122 employees on training courses at Malaysia Airlines and Royal Brunei Airlines training centers. In 2003, MAI launched a code-share agreement with Thai Airways International on the Bangkok-Yangon-Bangkokmarker route. The company also has code-sharing with Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways and Jetstar Asia Airways. In 2004, the airline took delivery of new uniforms for ground staff and recruited a further 16 new cabin-crew trainees.

In February 2007, the foreign management team under Region Air Myanmar (HK) Ltd. transferred its control to Myanma Airways.

Following the tighter US sanctions on Myanmar, MAI-leased aircraft has been retracted from its operations. It currently does not operate any aircraft and sells tickets of its code-share partners.

All local airlines, including MAI, are deemed unsafe by JAA and FAA standards; Myanmar DCA is not a member state of ICAO and does not adhere to international standards.

Destinations

Myanmar Airways International serves the following destinations:



Code-share

Myanmar Airways International has code-share agreements with:

Fleet

The Myanmar Airways International fleet comprises the following aircraft (as of 19 December 2008) [224158]:



External links



References

  1. " Offices Address." Myanmar Airways International. Retrieved on 10 October 2009.
  2. Myanmar Airways International Route Map
  3. Myanmar Airways International Flight Schedule



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