Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) received EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Part 145 Maintenance Organization Approval Certificate and a ceremony was hosted onboard the Princess Pantwar cruise ship at Health Jetty, Yangon on 28 October.
EASA Part 145 is a European standard approval of organizations performing maintenance on aircraft and aircraft components.
MNA was permitted to establish an EASA recognized large aircraft maintenance workshop in 2015 for purchasing six ATR 72-600 aircrafts from ATR Company. After three years of operating the maintenance workshop, MNA received the international standard maintenance certificate.
U Win Khant, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Transport and Communications, said, “MNA has been in existence for over 70 years and is the national flag carrier of Myanmar. Today, we are proud of our airline because we received a recognized international standard maintenance certificate. We hope to maintain this achievement.”
At the ceremony, U Min Lwin, Director-General of the Civil Aviation Department handed over EASA Part 145 Maintenance Organization EASA 145-0801 certificate to Chief Captain U Than Tun, CEO of MNA.
In the past, these airplanes were maintained only with certificates of Myanmar Civil Aviation Department. There are now about 20 ATR airplanes in Myanmar including the seven owned by MNA. Maintenance of these planes are being conducted by Myanmar engineers, thus saving foreign currency.
Myanmar National Airlines was established on 15 September 1948 as Union of Burma Airways (UBA). After a period in isolation, along with much of Myanmar’s industry, the airline has now been reborn as Myanmar National Airlines.
At present, MNA flies to 28 domestic airports and international destinations including Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Chiang Mai and Bodh Gaya. MNA also plans to extend its service to cities in China such as Chengdu and Wuhan later this year.
Myint Maung Soe