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Viva Macau is a long-haul, low-cost carrier based in the Macaumarker Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. The airline was the first low-cost, long-haul airline in the world and this business model has since been emulated by Jetstar Airways of Australia and AirAsia X of Malaysiamarker. The airline currently operates flights to Australasia and South-East Asia from its hub in Macau International Airportmarker.


In 1994, the Macau Government attracted a consortium of investors to start Air Macau with the promise of a 25 year monopoly concession. The carrier quickly set up as a connecting airline for flights between China and other South-East Asian countries.

Con Korfiatis, a former head-hunter for a COO/CFO, wanted to promote Macau as an international destination in its own right, rather than just a connecting point and so he decided to set up his own airline, Viva Macau. The government agreed to the new airline on the condition that any routes Viva Macau wants to operate, Air Macau has to first approve the route.

In December 2006, Viva Macau began operations with two leased 767s with inaugural services to Malémarker in the Maldivesmarker and Jakartamarker in Indonesiamarker. However, aircraft shortages, Macau’s regulatory system and high oil prices led to the CEO leaving the company just six months after its launch. Con Korfiatis stayed with the company and was joined by Ngan In Leng who is currently the chairman.

Due to Macau’s limited workforce, the company employs staff from 30 different countries.


Viva Macau currently operates following aircraft (as of 1 September 2009):

Aircraft In Service On Order Passengers Notes
Boeing 767-200ER 1 0 210 B-MAV, ex Aeroméxico
Boeing 767-300 1 0 245 B-MAW, ex PBair
Boeing 767-300ER 1 0 245 B-MAY, ex Air Niugini

Acquisition of more aircraft is planned, building up to a fleet of 10-15 aircraft within five years.


Viva Macau operates a two class service – Economy Class and Premium Class. Checked luggage is free for all passengers and Economy offers 32 inches of seat pitch and a buy-on-board meal service. Premium passengers receive 50 inches of seat pitch and free meals.


The de-facto national carrier of Macau, Air Macau, has concluded a licensing agreement which allows Viva Macau to operate (since Air Macau owns the air-traffic rights to destinations that Viva Macau intends to fly to). In addition, Viva Macau is negotiating further co-operation with Air Macau in the form of joint marketing or code-sharing. The two airlines are not expected to compete with each other while Air Macau continues to concentrate on short-haul full-service routes, especially domestic flights to Chinamarker and Taiwanmarker.


Viva Macau Boeing 767-200
Viva Macau Boeing 767-300
In its short history Viva Macau has changed its destinations depending on consumer demand. As of July 08, the airline is flying to Sydney, Ho Chi Minh and Jakarta. The airline also operates a number of charter flights to Japan, including Tokyo. It's likely that their routes will be expanded in the near future.


East Asia

Southeast Asia


Suspended Destinations


  1. ”Viva Macau – Con Korfiatis’ Paper Napkin Airline” – Airliners, March/April 2009

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