Air Thanlwin

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Air Thanlwin
သံလွင် လေကြောင်းလိုင်း
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1996; 27 years ago (1996)
Commenced operations1 October 2019[2]
Operating bases2
HubsYangon International Airport
Fleet size4
Parent companyAir Thanlwin Holding Company Ltd.[2]
HeadquartersYangon, Myanmar
Key peopleAung Min Khaing

Air Thanlwin (Burmese: သံလွင် လေကြောင်းလိုင်း) is an airline based in Yangon, Myanmar, offering scheduled and chartered domestic flights from its base at Yangon International Airport. The airline was founded in 1996 as Yangon Airways and operated under that name until it rebranded as Air Thanlwin in October 2019 .[3][4][5]

As one of the main domestic airlines of the Union of Myanmar, Air Thanlwin operates regular flights to Nay Pyi Taw, Bagan, Mandalay, Heho (Inle Lake), Kyaing Tong, Tachileik, Myitkyina, Thandwe, Sittway, Dawei, Myeik, Kawthaung, Lashio and charter flights to Bhamo, Putao, Kalay and others from main hub at Yangon International airport. The airline has rebranded using the same fleet, adding another ATR 72-500 XY-AJN rented from Myanmar National Airlines.[6]


Yangon Airways was established in October 1996 as a domestic airline in a joint venture between Myanma Airways, the state-owned flag carrier in Myanmar, and Krong-Sombat Company of Thailand. The airline bases its headquarters and maintenance station in Yangon. In October 1997, the current owner of the airline acquired the share of the Thai company and then acquired the share of Myanmar Airways in 2005. Thereafter, the airline became a fully privately owned airline in Myanmar. The airline then evolved into a principal domestic service carrier, operating schedule and charter flight services from Yangon to 13 prime commercial and tourist destinations in Myanmar. During the past three years, Yangon Airways has been progressively gaining market share; it has about 37% in 2007 and increased to 41% in 2008.

Yangon Airways was listed by the United States Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) list.[7] Under United States federal law, Americans are prohibited from doing business with individuals or entities listed as an SDN. Yangon Airways was designated by OFAC in 2008 after having been acquired by notorious drug traffickers of the United Wa State Army.[8]

Yangon Airways was rebranded and operated as Air Thanlwin in 2019[9] using the same fleet, adding another ATR 72-500 XY-AJN bought from Myanmar National Airlines.


Inflight cabin view aboard a Yangon Airways flight

Air Thanlwin operated scheduled flights to the following domestic destinations.[10]

Country City Airport Notes
 Myanmar Bagan Nyaung U Airport
Bhamo Bhamo Airport
Dawei Dawei Airport
Heho Heho Airport
Hkamti Hkamti Airport
Kawthaung Kawthaung Airport
Kengtung Kengtung Airport
Lashio Lashio Airport
Mandalay Mandalay International Airport Secondary Hub
Myeik Myeik Airport
Myitkyina Myitkyina Airport
Mawlamyine Mawlamyine Airport
Naypyidaw Naypyidaw International Airport
Putao Lashio Airport
Sittwe Sittwe Airport
Tachilek Tachilek Airport
Thandwe Thandwe Airport
Yangon Yangon International Airport Primary Hub


Air Thanlwin ATR 72

The Air Thanlwin fleet comprises the following aircraft.[2]

Air Thanlwin
Aircraft In Fleet Seat Notes
ATR 72-212 2 55 Transferred from Yangon Airways(ex Air Thanlwin name)
ATR 72-500 2 68 1 rented from Myanmar National Airlines
Total 4


  1. ^ "Notice. Foreign ICAO 3LD Additions, Deletions, and Modifications (excluding U.S.)" (PDF). 13 May 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "Air Thanlwin Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  3. ^ WIN, SHUN LE (10 September 2019). "Yangon Airways to rename as Air Thanlwin from Oct 1". Eleven Media Group Co., Ltd. Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  4. ^ "Yangon Airways to rebrand as Air Thanlwin". ch-aviation. Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  5. ^ "Yangon Airways ကိုအမည်ပြောင်းထားသည့် Air Thanlwin လေကြောင်းလိုင်းစတင်ပျံသန်း – Pyi Myanmar News". Pyi Myanmar (in Burmese). 1 October 2019. Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  6. ^ "About Us".
  7. ^ Office of Foreign Assets Control, Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List – Archived 10 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Regime clips Yangon Airways' wings
  9. ^ "Air Thanlwin Airline Profile | CAPA". Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  10. ^ "Main Destinations - Air Thanlwin". Retrieved 13 October 2022.

External links[edit]

Media related to Yangon Airways at Wikimedia Commons