Myanmar private airline to stretch wing to South Korea


YANGON (TVLW) – A Myanmar private airline, the Air Bagan, will stretch wing to South Korea’s Incheon starting Thursday as its third foreign air route service, according to a report of Wednesday’s local Yangon Times.

Air Bagan’s introduction of the Incheon flight came more than three months after the inauguration of its second international flight to Singapore on Sept. 7.

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However, the airline’s Singapore flight had to be suspended after its last flight on Nov. 4 due to U.S. financial sanctions imposed on the airline by the United States on Oct. 19.

The airline launched its first international flight service to Bangkok on May 15 this year.

Inaugurated in November 2004, Air Bagan, the first full private-invested airline in Myanmar, stands the third largest domestic private airline in the country after Air Mandalay and Yangon Airways flying between Yangon and 17 domestic destinations and using two Fokker F-100, two France-made ATR-72, three ATR-42 aircraft and two airbus A 310 totaling nine.

According to the airline’s earlier disclosure, it also plans to extend its services to more destinations such as China’s Kunming, Cambodia’s Siam Reap, India’s Chennai and Bangladesh’s Dhaka.

The two other Myanmar private airlines, Air Mandalay and Yangon Airways, which fly domestically, have extended their regional services respectively to Chiangmai, Phuket and Bangkok.

In addition to these private airlines, there are also 15 foreign ones flying Yangon. Of the foreign airlines, the Hong Kong Express Airways was the latest introduced in November.