More private airlines established in Myanmar

11:05, August 08, 2010      

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There has been more and more private airlines established in Myanmar over the past two decades with one more such airline, the Air Kanbawza, being introduced soon.

The emerging private airline will stand the fifth after Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Myanmar Airways International and Air Bagan.

The Air Kanbawza will use five 100-seat Canadian-made jets MA- 60 and ATR-72 to start its domestic flight services by October, according to Kanbawza Economic Group which owns the airline.

The Kanbawza group claimed that it had taken over Myanmar Airways International (MAI) for continuous operation under the government's privatization plan,

MAI is currently operating regular flight services to four destinations -- Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Gaya.

The Kanbawza has bought 80 percent stake of the airline with the remainder to be held by the government.

MAI was once a joint venture set up between the state-run Myanmar Airways and a Singapore-based company in 1993 for sole international flights covering three scheduled flight destinations -- Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

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