Myanmar National Airlines Becomes the First Government Operation to Corporatize

The Newly Named Airline Re-Launches to Revitalize Myanmar’s Aviation Sector

YANGON, Myanmar - 10 December 2014 – Myanmar National Airlines (MNA), formerly Myanma Airways, has made Myanmar history by becoming the first government operation to corporatize. The groundbreaking move opens the doors to international knowledge, skills and investment in state-of-the-art services to revitalize Myanmar’s aviation industry, which was once the pride of the region, and enhance the airline’s customer experience.

“We’re excited to be part of Myanmar history today. Myanmar National Airlines has a great opportunity to completely modernize and change the way we serve our country and beyond,” said Captain Than Tun, the Managing Director of MNA. “The airline now has the capacity to invest and grow, as we’ve built a strong reputation in our 66 year history, dating back to our country’s independence, and have proven worthy of being Myanmar’s national flag carrier and it’s first premium airline. MNA will be the customer choice airline— an airline we as a company and all of Myanmar can truly be proud of.”

MNA’s domestic services will re-launch on December 15th implementing many high level international standards as part of its transition process. Customers can expect greatly improved efficiency due to a state-of-the-art computerized management system that streamlines company-wide reservations and departure control processes and systems. A new website will allow electronic booking, payment and seat selection through an online booking engine. The airline is also launching a modern check-in system in Yangon with plans to extend to Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay and Nyaung U, over the next few weeks.

To meet increasing passenger demand and premium standards, MNA will release a fixed flight schedule and further upgrade airline services by providing comprehensive staff training. The airline continues to offer the best domestic network of any airline with flights to 26 airports in Myanmar. The MNA fleet of 10 aircrafts, already the biggest fleet in the country, will grow by an additional 10 Boeing 737 aircrafts and 6 ATR72-600 aircrafts from next year as it launches international services.

To mark MNA’s historic move, the airline is also restoring its 150-year-old heritage office building beside the Strand Hotel to its former glory. The newly opened Travel Center offers customers assistance with bookings, ticket payments, refunds and any other travel enquiries they may have.

Myanmar National Airlines

Myanmar National Airlines is a state owned national carrier founded in 1948 under the name "Union of Burma Airways”. Domestic flights initially flew to 19 airports with six De Havilland Dove aircrafts, and routes to Bangkok, Calcutta and Chittagong opened up in 1950. The airline was reformed under the Union of Burma Airways Act of 1952 according to an international flight schedule extension program. The flights were operated to Singapore, Kathmandu and later to Bangkok, Calcutta, Dhaka, Hong Kong and Jakarta until 1993. In 1989, the airline was renamed “Myanma Airways” and flew to 21 destinations. MNA flies to 26 destinations, more than any other Myanmar airline, re-launching its domestic service on December 15th, 2014.

For more information please contact:
Soe Thu, Account Manager
Mangosteen PR for MNA
Tel: +95 (0)9 4500 01087