Myanmar National Airlines
|Founded||15 September 1948 (as Union of Burma Airways)|
|Fleet size||11(+15 on order)|
|Parent company||Ministry of Transport,Union of Myanmar|
|Key people||Than Tun (MD)|
Myanmar National Airlines (Burmese: မြန်မာ့လေကြောင်း) is a state-owned airline and one of the national flag carriers of Myanmar, based in Yangon. It operates scheduled services to all major domestic destinations. Its main base is Yangon International Airport.
The airline was founded by the government after independence in 15 September 1948, as the Union of Burma Airways (UBA). It initially operated domestic services only, and international services were added in 1950. The name was changed to Burma Airways in December 1972, and to Myanma Airways on 1 April 1989 following the renaming of the country from Burma to Myanmar. International services of Myanma Airways have been made as joint venture airline, Myanmar Airways International (MAI). Myanma Airways is the majority shareholder of Joint Venture Company MAI, set up in 1993. In 2003, it was proposed to set up a Myanmar-based airline for chartered international passenger and cargo flights, which was planned to be called Air Myanmar. What would have been a joint-venture between Myanma Airways and private investors was abandoned in 2005.
In mid-2012, Myanma Airways ordered to lease two new Embraer 190AR from GE Civil Aviation Services Co.Ltd, that replaced its Fokker F-28 from November 2012. On February 11, 2014, at the Singapore Airshow, Myanma Airways signed a $960 million deal with GECAS for 6 Boeing 737-800s and 4 Boeing 737 MAX planes. The deal is the largest commercial sale by a US company to Myanmar in decades and is the largest single aircraft order in the history of Myanmar's aviation industry. In December 2014, Myanma Airways re-branded itself to Myanmar National Airlines.
As of September 2015, Myanmar National Airlines flies to the following destinations:
|Myanmar||Bagan||Nyaung U Airport|
|Myanmar||Kengtung||Kengtung Airport Airport|
|Myanmar||Mandalay||Mandalay International Airport||Hub|
|Myanmar||Naypyidaw||Naypyidaw International Airport||Hub|
|Myanmar||Yangon||Yangon International Airport||Hub|
|Singapore||Singapore||Singapore Changi Airport|
|ATR 42-320||1||-||52||leased to Fmi air|
|ATR 72-212||2||-||70||XY-AIA to be sold|
|ATR 72-600||1||5||TBA||MOU signed May 6, 2014|
|Beechcraft 1900||2||-||-||Planned for medical emergency flights only  but used for regular Sittwe/Yangon services.
1 leased to Fmi air
|Boeing 737-800||1||5||TBA||To be leased from GECAS, first delivery on 11 June 2015|
|Boeing 737 MAX 8||-||4||TBA||To be leased from GECAS, delivery from 2017|
|Cessna 208 Caravan||2||-||9|
Fleet in 1970
|Vickers Viscount 700||3||0|
Accidents and incidents
Union of Burma Airways
- On 26 June 1954, Douglas DC-3 was hijacked by members of the Karen National Defense Organization (KNDO, later the Karen National Liberation Army). After the killing of Saw Ba U Gyi in 1950, the first president of the Karen National Union (KNU), the group sought to regain both a political initiative and financial leverage. Three KNDO members - Major Saw Kyaw Aye, Captain Thein Kyaw and Captain A Nyein - planned to hijack a plane, and use it to smuggle illegal weapons. They successfully hijacked the plane, and forced its British pilot Captain A.E. Hare to land on a deserted beach, after other group members had failed to build a suitable temporary runway in Karen. Finding 700,000 Burmese kyat in metal chests in the cargo, cash being transported between bank branches, they confiscated this and then let the plane take off. Censorship banned reporting of the story for over 50 years, but in April 2014 it was the subject of the book The World's First Hijacking, and is being developed into a Hollywood-produced film under the same title.
- On 23 May 1969, Douglas DC-3 XY-ACR crashed on approach to Lashio Airport killing all six people on board. The aircraft was operating a domestic non-scheduled passenger flight.
- On 16 August 1972, a Douglas C-47B, registration XY-ACM, crashed shortly after take-off from Thandwe Airport on a scheduled passenger flight. Twenty-eight people on board were killed and only 3 survived.
- On 24 August 1972, Vickers Viscount XY-ADF of Union of Burma Airways was damaged beyond economic repair at Sittwe Airport when it departed the runway on landing and the undercarriage collapsed.
- On 27 January 1998, a Myanma Airways Fokker F27 crashed while taking off from Yangon, Myanmar, killing 16 of the 45 people on board.
- On 24 August 1998, Myanma Airways Flight 635 crashed into a hill on approach to Tachilek Airport killing all 36 on board.
- On 6 June 2009, Myanma Airways Flight 409, Fokker F28-4000, registration XY-ADW, overran the runway at Sittwe Airport. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
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