Myanmar National Airlines

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Myanmar National Airlines
မြန်မာအမျိုးသား လေကြောင်းလိုင်း
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 15 September 1948 (as Union of Burma Airways)
Fleet size 18(+14 on order)
Destinations 31
Company slogan Journey of a Lifetime
Parent company Ministry of Transport,Union of Myanmar
Headquarters Yangon, Myanmar
Key people Than Tun (CEO)

Myanmar National Airlines (Burmese: မြန်မာအမျိုးသား လေကြောင်းလိုင်း), formerly Union of Burma Airways, Burma Airways, and Myanma Airways, is a state-owned airline and the flag carrier of Myanmar, based in Yangon.[2] It operates scheduled services to all major domestic destinations and to regional destinations in Asia. Its main base is Yangon International Airport.[3] Founded in 1948, it is one of the oldest airlines in Asia.


Union of Burma Airways Boeing 727 at Hong Kong Kai Tak International Airport in 1974
Myanma Airways Fokker F27-600 at Yangon International Airport in 2005.
Myanmar National Airlines Boeing 737-800 in new livery at Yangon International Airport in 2015.

The airline was founded by the government after independence on 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). Myanmar National Airlines is the majority shareholder of Joint Venture Company MAI, set up in 1993.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] On February 11, 2014, at the Singapore Airshow, Myanma Airways signed a $960 million deal with GECAS for six Boeing 737-800s and four Boeing 737 MAX planes. The deal is the largest commercial sale by a U.S. company to Myanmar in decades and is the largest single aircraft order in the history of Myanmar's aviation industry.[6]

In December 2014, Myanma Airways re-branded itself as Myanmar National Airlines.

Following the arrival of its first Boeing 737-800 in June 2015, Myanmar National Airlines announced the resumption of international services after a 22-year hiatus to Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei. International services resumed with the inaugural flight to Singapore on 19 August 2015.[7] Myanmar National Airlines then launched its second international service to Hong Kong on 4 December 2015 following the arrival of its second Boeing 737-800.[8]


As of February 2016, Myanmar National Airlines flies to the following destinations:

Country City Airport Hubs Notes
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport [9]
Myanmar Bagan Nyaung U Airport
Myanmar Banmaw Banmaw Airport
Myanmar Bokpyin Bokpyin Airport
Myanmar Dawei Dawei Airport
Myanmar Heho Heho Airport
Myanmar Hommalin Hommalin Airport
Myanmar Kalaymyo Kalaymyo Airport
Myanmar Kawthaung Kawthaung Airport
Myanmar Kengtung Kengtung Airport
Myanmar Khamti Khamti Airport
Myanmar Kyaukpyu Kyaukpyu Airport
Myanmar Lashio Lashio Airport
Myanmar Loikaw Loikaw Airport
Myanmar Manaung Manaung Airport
Myanmar Mandalay Chanmyathazi Airport
Myanmar Mandalay Mandalay International Airport Hub
Myanmar Mawlamyaing Mawlamyaing Airport
Myanmar Monghsat Monghsat Airport
Myanmar Monywa Monywa Airport
Myanmar Myeik Myeik Airport
Myanmar Myitkyina Myitkyina Airport
Myanmar Naypyidaw Naypyidaw International Airport Hub
Myanmar Putao Putao Airport
Myanmar Sittwe Sittwe Airport
Myanmar Tachilek Tachilek Airport
Myanmar Thandwe Thandwe Airport
Myanmar Yangon Yangon International Airport Hub
Singapore Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Begins 20 February 2016[10]
Thailand Chiang Mai Chiang Mai International Airport Begins 26 February 2016[10]

Current Fleet[edit]

The following aircraft (as of June 2015):[11][12]

Myanmar National Airlines fleet
Aircraft In fleet Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 42-320 1 - 48 leased to Fmi air
ATR 72-212 2 - 70 XY-AIA to be sold
ATR 72-500 3 - 70 (2 operated for Myanmar Air Force)
ATR 72-600 2 4 70 MOU signed May 6, 2014[13]
Beechcraft 1900 2 - 19 Planned for medical emergency flights only [14] but used for regular Sittwe/Yangon services.

1 leased to Fmi air

Boeing 737-800 2[15] 4 164 Leased from GECAS, first delivery on 11 June 2015. To be equipped with Split winglets by 2016.[16]
Boeing 737 MAX 8 - 4 TBA To be leased from GECAS, delivery from 2017[17]
Cessna 208 Caravan 4 - 9
COMAC ARJ21-700 - 2 TBA
Embraer E-190 2 - 100
Total 18 14

Fleet in 1970[edit]

Union of Burma Airways fleet in 1970 [18]
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
Boeing 727 1 0
Douglas DC-3 7 0
Fokker F27 5 0
Vickers Viscount 700 3 0
Total 16 0


Mingalarbar Service[edit]

Beginning in 2015 following the resumption of international services, Myanmar National Airlines has launched its "MIngalarbar Service" to its passengers. The service is complimentary for Business Class passengers and to Premium Economy and Economy passengers for an extra fee. Services include amenities such as Fast Track Immigration and Security,assistance on arrival, limo service to and from Yangon International Airport, priority check-in and access to Mingalabar lounges in both the international and domestic terminals of Yangon International Airport.[19]


Myanmar National Airlines has been introducing new cabin interiors and in-flight entertainment since June 2015 on their new fleet of Boeing 737-800 and ATR 72-600 aircrafts.

Business class[edit]

Business Class is only available on the new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The Business Class seats have 21 in (53 cm) width and recline to 42 in (107 cm) of pitch and feature electrical outlet and leg rest. A 9 in (23 cm) PTV is located in the seatrest offers AVOD.[20]

Premium Economy class[edit]

Premium Economy is available on the Embraer 190 and new Boeing 737-800 aircrafts. The seat pitch will be 36 inches – four inches more than Economy Class and have a bigger recline. In-seat power outlet and streaming inflight entertainment is offered only on the Boeing 737-800 aircraft.[20]

Economy class[edit]

Economy class is offered on all of MNA's aircrafts. The Economy Class seats are 17.2 in (44 cm) in width on the Boeing 737-800 and 18 in (46 cm) on Embraer 190 aircrafts with 32 in (81 cm) of pitch, while the ATR 72, Beech 1900 and Grand Caravan offer 17 in (43 cm) in width and a seat pitch between 30-32 inches. In-seat power outlet and streaming inflight entertainment is offered only on the Boeing 737-800 aircraft.[20]

Inflight Entertainment[edit]

Myanmar National Airlines offers streaming inflight entertainment called airstreamUB on its Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Passengers will be able to watch movies, TV shows and listen to music via in-seat monitors, or on their own smartphone, tablet (iOS or Android), or laptop over a wireless connection onboard the aircraft. airstreamUB is available free of charge. Customers travelling in business class also have the option to access airstreamUB on the in arm monitor fitted in their seat.[21]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Union of Burma Airways[edit]

  • 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.[22][23]

Burma Airways[edit]

The former Burma Airways had a poor safety record but now, as Myanma Airways is strongly maintaining its safety under ICAO and Myanmar DCA regulations and requirements:[24][25]

  • 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.[26]
  • 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.[27]
  • 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.[28]

Myanma Airways[edit]

See also[edit]

List of airlines of Burma


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List of Myanmar Airlines

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