Myanmar National Airlines begins corporatized operation


The Ministry of Transport on Wednesday announced the corporatization of Myanmar National Airlines, which was recently renamed from Myanma Airways.
The corporatization is intended to facilitate investment in air transportation technologies and services, reinvigorate the country’s aviation industry and improve the MNA’s aviation hospitality, the ministry said in its press release.
“I’m very pleased to see this 66-year-old airline, operated since independence, moved towards corporatization”, said Captain U Than Tun, Managing Director of the MNA.
Over several decades, the airline has established itself as a reputable national airline well known for service quality and it will strive to continue to be the travelers’ choice as number one airline of the country, the managing director added.
In the statement, the ministry said the airline will launch new domestic flights and services as of 15 December, providing an Integrated Airline Management System and an Online Reservation and Ticketing System and Departure Control System as part of its transformation program for meeting international standards.
Moreover, passengers will be able to visit its new website to use an electronic booking engine and online check-in service will be allowed at Yangon Airport first before launching the new service at Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay, Heho and NyaungU where it will be available a few weeks later.
According to the press release, the MNA plans to expand its current fleet with 10 Boeing 737-800NG/Max and six ATR 72-600 airliners.
As a gesture of preserving cultural heritage, the carrier’s more than 150-year-old building was renovated recently, the statement said, adding that the newly opened travel centre is providing multiple services including ticketing, payment and travel enquiries to customers.
MNA is the national flag carrier of Myanmar. Founded in 1948 as Union of Burma Airways, domestic schedule flights were commenced with six De Havilland Dove aircraft flying to 19 destinations. External flights were operated to Bangkok, Calcutta and Chittagong in 1950. The airline was reformed as a board under the Union of Burma Airways Acts of 1952, according to the international schedule flight extension program. The flights were operated to Singapore, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Calcutta, Dhaka, Hong Kong and Jakarta until 1993. It was renamed Myanma Airways in 1989, operating flight schedules to 21 destinations. Now, the MNA has the largest domestic network in the country, flying to 26 destinations.—GNLM

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