Myanmar National Airlines receives new Boeing 737-800 NG

Myanmar National Airlines introduces its new arrival of Boeing 737 aircraft at Yangon International Airport on Monday. — Photo: Ye Myint
Myanmar National Airlines introduces its new arrival of Boeing 737 aircraft at Yangon International Airport on Monday. — Photo: Ye Myint

Yangon, 15 June— Flag carrier Myanmar National Airlines on Monday took delivery of the first of several new Boeing 737s ordered as part of an international fleet upgrade.
In a bid to become a competitive member of the global aviation market, the national carrier began upgrading both its domestic and international operations with new aircraft six months ago.
“We celebrate today an incredible achievement in the history of our airlines and our country by welcoming the first member of our brand new fleet,” MNA CEO Captain Than Tun said during a media briefing at Yangon International Airport.
The 164-seat aircraft, worth US $51 million, is one of six 737-800 and four 737-Max 8 Next Generation aircraft that MNA has ordered from Boeing. Further deliveries are scheduled to take place over the next five years.
The carrier is set to launch a Yangon-Singapore route this August, said the CEO, adding that four more destinations in the Asia-Pacific region will be added.  The airline is scheduled to receive another six 737-800 NGs, as well as four 737-Max 8s, by 2018.
Services to four more destinations including Hong Kong and Taipei will be added in November, with two cities in China to be added next year.
The airline has also ordered six ATRs to boost its domestic fleet, which flies to 26 destinations.
According to MNA, the national carrier received more than 500,000 passengers last year, marking a 26 percent increase on the previous year. GNLM

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