Air Bagan

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Air Bagan
အဲပုဂံ
Air Bagan logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
W9[1] JAB AIR BAGAN
Founded2004
Ceased operationsAugust 2018[2]
Operating basesYangon International Airport
Mandalay Chanmyathazi Airport
Frequent-flyer programRoyal Lotus Plus
Fleet size4
Destinations20
Company sloganTreasure of Myanmar
Parent companyHtoo Trading Co. Ltd[3]
HeadquartersYangon, Myanmar
Key peopleTay Za (Founder)[3]
Htoo Thet Htwe (Chairman)
Websiteairbagan.com

Air Bagan Limited (Burmese: အဲပုဂံ) was[2] an airline headquartered in Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar.[4] It operated domestic scheduled services to 15 towns and cities, as well as to Thailand. Its main bases were Yangon International Airport and Mandalay Chanmyathazi Airport.[5]

History[edit]

The airline was established in June 2004 and started operations on 15 November 2004. It was owned by Htoo Trading Co. Ltd. Its first international service was flown from Yangon to Bangkok on 15 May 2007,[5] and the second to Singapore from 7 September 2007.[6] Air Bagan was listed as a Specially Designated National by the United States Department of the Treasury for its association with the Government of Myanmar, meaning U.S. citizens are generally prohibited from dealing with the airline by U.S. sanctions against the government of Myanmar.[7]

When Cyclone Nargis struck Lower Myanmar in May 2008, the Burmese government gave Air Bagan and its parent company, Htoo Trading Co. Ltd responsibility to reconstruct the badly devastated town of Bogale in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta.[8]

In August 2015 Air Bagan announced that it suspended all flights. All flights were then operated by its code-sharing partner Asian Wings; which is also owned by the Htoo Trading Co. Ltd.

The airline ceased operations again and handed back its licence to the authorities in August 2018.[2]

Destinations[edit]

A now retired Air Bagan Airbus A310-200
A now retired Air Bagan Fokker 100

Air Bagan served the following destinations:[9]

Fleet[edit]

As of 1 September 2016, Air Bagan's fleet includes the following aircraft:[10]

Air Bagan fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Notes
ATR 42-320 1 0
ATR 72-500 3 0
Total 4 0

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 19 February 2008, an Air Bagan ATR 72 overran the runway at Putao Airport injuring two people.[11]
  • On 25 December 2012, Air Bagan Flight 11 a Fokker 100 registered XY-AGC, crash-landed near Heho Airport, killing one on board, one on the ground and injuring eleven.[12] Among the injured was the well-known meditation teacher Allan Lokos, who was severely burned during his escape from the crashed aircraft.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c aerotelegraph.com - Airlines dying in Burma 9 August 2018
  3. ^ a b Shutao, Song (2007-05-15). "Burma private airline launches first international". Xinhua Online. Retrieved 2007-05-19.
  4. ^ "Contact Us Archived 3 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine." Air Bagan. Retrieved on 10 October 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 53.
  6. ^ "Myanmar's Air Bagan launches S'pore service", AsiaOne Travel, 7 September 2007
  7. ^ http://www.treasury.gov/ofac/downloads/ctrylst.txt
  8. ^ "Nargis Cyclone Air Bagan's Humanitarian Work". Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved 2 November 2008.
  9. ^ "Air Bagan International and Domestic Route Map". Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  10. ^ http://www.airbagan.com/about-us.html#aircraft
  11. ^ KNG (20 February 2008). "Air Bagan's ATR aircraft crashes in Putao; no casualties". Burma Campaign Australia. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Airliner makes emergency landing on Myanmar road" AP. Retrieved: 25 December 2012.
  13. ^ Allan Lokos, Through the Flames: Overcoming Disaster Through Compassion, Patience, and Determination (TarcherPerigee, 2015)

External links[edit]

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