MIAT Mongolian Airlines

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For the smaller airline once known as "Mongolian Airlines Group", see Hunnu Air.
MIAT Mongolian Airlines
MIAT Mongolian Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1954
Hubs Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN)
Frequent-flyer program Blue Sky Mongolia
Fleet size 5
Destinations 8
Headquarters Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Key people Tumurbaatariin Tamir (CEO)[1]
Website www.miat.com

MIAT Mongolian Airlines (pronounced me-at, Mongolian: Монголын Иргэний Агаарын Тээвэр, Mongolyn Irgenii Agaaryn Teever (MIAT), Mongolian Civil Air Transport) is the Mongolian national airline, headquartered in the MIAT Building in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.[2] The airline operates international scheduled services from its base at Chinggis Khaan International Airport near Ulaanbaatar.[3]


Communist Era[edit]

MIAT Mongolian Airlines was established in 1956. It began operations with the help of Aeroflot and began flights on 7 July 1956 using an Antonov An-2 from Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk. The airline also used Soviet-built Ilyushin Il-14s for flights to international destinations like Beijing and Moscow. During the 1960s and 1970s, the airline obtained Antonov An-24 and An-26 twin turboprops. A Tupolev Tu-154 jet on lease from Aeroflot was introduced in the late 1980s.

Post-Communist Era[edit]

A MIAT Mongolian Airlines Boeing 767-300ER on short final to Sheremetyevo Airport in 2012.

In 1992, MIAT bought five Chinese Harbin Y-12 commuter aircraft and acquired a Boeing 727-200 from Korean Air, one more following in 1994. An Airbus A310 was leased in 1998, and a new Boeing 737 was leased in 2003 to replace the aging 727-200 fleet. Between 2003 and 2008, MIAT's An-24 and An-26 fleet was gradually retired. In April 2008, MIAT received its second Boeing 737-800 aircraft on lease from CIT Aerospace.[4] In July 2008, MIAT ended scheduled domestic flights completely. In June 2009, the airline temporarily resumed scheduled domestic flights to Mörön and Khovd using its Boeing 737-800 aircraft.[5]

In late 2009, MIAT flew charter flights to Hong Kong and Sanya, a popular resort city in Hainan. In June 2010, the airline's flights were brought to a halt due to a mechanics' strike. However, the situation was resolved with the replacement of the CEO and Technical Director.

In early 2011, MIAT signed an agreement with Air Lease Corporation to lease two former China Eastern Boeing 767-300ERs until 2013. The first aircraft entered service in May 2011 with the second following in November 2011.[6] In 2011 the Airbus A310 was retired after serving MIAT Mongolian Airlines for 13 years. In June 2011, MIAT began regular flights to Hong Kong. The company also ordered three aircraft, a Boeing 767-300ER and two Boeing 737-800s, to be delivered in 2013 and 2016 respectively.[7][8] The order marks the first time in two decades that MIAT has chosen to expand its fleet by purchasing new aircraft straight from the manufacturer rather than leasing them.


Countries with destinations of MIAT Mongolian Airlines (including seasonal and future destinations).
  MIAT Mongolian Airlines Destinations

Codeshare agreements[edit]

MIAT Mongolian Airlines has the following codeshares (as of December 2012):


A Mongolian Airlines Boeing 727 in the old livery

As of April 2015, the MIAT Mongolian Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 11.5 years:[10][11][12]

MIAT Mongolian Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Routes Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-800 3 2 12 150 162 Asia, Europe Leased from Air Lease, Macquarie Group, Travel Service and CIT Aerospace.

2 on order are direct purchases and will be delivered from 2018

12 162 174
Boeing 767-300ER 2 0 18 245 263 Asia, Europe 1 leased from Air Lease and 1 fully owned.
25 195 220
Total 5 2

Previously operated[edit]

A MIAT Mongolian Airlines Antonov An-26, now retired, parked at Chinggis Khaan International Airport, Mongolia (2007)
MIAT Mongolian Airlines Airbus A310-300 taxiing at Berlin Tegel Airport, Germany (2008)

MIAT has operated a variety of aircraft types, including:[13]

MIAT Mongolian Airlines former fleet
Aircraft Retired Notes
Airbus A310-300 2011 Transferred to the Mongolian Armed Forces in October 2012[14] and subsequently sold to Mahan Air
Airbus A330-343X 2010 Wet-leased from Saga Airlines for the summer of 2010
Antonov An-2 1995 a.k.a. Tsartsaa Nogoon Ongots or "green grasshopper plane" in Mongolian
Antonov An-24 2003 a.k.a. Tsagaan Ongots or "white plane" in Mongolian
Antonov An-26 2008
Antonov An-30 1995
Boeing 727-200 2003 Former Korean Air aircraft
Harbin Y-12 2002 Retired due to safety concerns
Ilyushin Il-14 1974
Kamov Ka-26 1990s
Mil Mi-4 1980s
Mil Mi-8 2000 Transferred to Tengeriin ulaach Co., Ltd.
Polikarpov Po-2 1950s
Tupolev Tu-154 1995 Returned to Aeroflot
Yakovlev Yak-12

Accidents and incidents[edit]

MIAT Mongolian Airlines has suffered the following incidents and accidents since commencing operations:[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ""МИАТ"-ийн захирал Ц.Орхон халагдах өргөдлөө өгөв". www.news.mn. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Contact Us." MIAT Mongolian Airlines. Retrieved on June 27, 2010. "MIAT building, Buyant-Ukhaa 45 Ulaanbaatar 210134, Mongolia"
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 50. 
  4. ^ History
  5. ^ UB Post: MIAT Company Expands Domestic and International Flights, accessed May 29th, 2009.
  6. ^ "МИАТ ХК-ийн түрээслэн авч буй Боинг 767 онгоцны танилцуулга". 2011-06-10. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Boeing Celebrates 8,888th Order for the 737 Family". 2011-06-21. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Боинг компаниас онгоц худалдан авах гэрээнд гарын үсэг зурлаа". 2011-06-21. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  9. ^ MIAT Mongolian Airlines codeshare with Aeroflot
  10. ^ "MIAT - Mongolian Airlines Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "MIAT Mongolian Fleet - Airfleets aviation". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  12. ^ MIAT Mongolian Fleet – Official Website
  13. ^ "MIAT Mongolian Airlines". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "АЭРОБУС ОНГОЦ ХҮЛЭЭН АВЛАА". 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  15. ^ Harro Ranter. "Aviation Safety Network > ASN Aviation Safety Database > Operator index > Mongolia > MIAT - Mongolian Airlines". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  16. ^ Accident description for MT-105 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 2014-8-17.
  17. ^ Accident description for BNMAU-4206 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 2014-8-17.
  18. ^ Accident description for BNMAU-1202 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 2014-8-17.
  19. ^ Accident description for BNMAU-10208 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 2014-8-17.
  20. ^ Accident description for BNMAU-14102 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 2014-8-17.
  21. ^ Accident description for BNMAU-10103 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 2014-8-17.
  22. ^ Accident description for JU-1020 at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 2014-8-17.

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