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Myanmar private airline plans international flights

india Updated: Sep 13, 2006 11:49 IST

A Myanmar private airline, Air Bagan, will introduce international flight services starting December in addition to domestic ones.

In the first phase of its international flight services, Air Bagan will stretch wings to three member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) -- Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, the Yangon Times reported on Wednesday.

Negotiations are underway for buying two 220-seat airbuses of A-310 from China Eastern Airline for use in the newly introduced flight services, the report said.

Air Bagan is the first full private investment airline in Myanmar having four aircrafts and two leased from the ministry of transport totalling six in domestic flight operation, it said.

The airline has a crew of 79 including one foreign and 33 pilots, and 45 airline stewards and airhostesses, the report added.

Owned by the Htoo Company of Myanmar, Air Bagan was inaugurated in November 2004.

It has been flying between Yangon and 14 domestic destinations including Mandalay, Nyaung U, Heho, Thanthwe, Kengtung, Tachilek, Myeik, Kawthoung, Sittwe and Myitkyina, using one 108-seat Fokker-100 aircraft, two France-made 70-seat ATR-72 aircraft and three 46-seat ATR-42 aircraft.

The Air Bagan is also the third largest domestic airline after Air Mandalay and Yangon Airways, while Myanmar Airways remains as the state-run domestic air carrier.

Air Mandalay has extended its flight to Thailand's Chiang Mai as a regional one.