MNA to open new route to Bangkok four times per week

Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) is planning to fly to Bangkok with a new ATR aircraft four times a week starting from February 20.

The airline will introduce a new flight schedule with flights to Chiang Mai two times a week starting from February 26.

At the present, MNA offers regular flights to 26 cities, plus Hong Kong and Singapore.

The airline signed an agreement with France-based ATR Aircraft Company to build a maintenance factory to repair aircrafts on July 16, 2014. According to the agreement, the airline also bought six new ATR 72-600 aircrafts; the first aircraft arrived at Yangon International Airport in December. The company handed over the second aircraft on January 5 this year.

The airline intended to expand its local and international flight schedules with the new aircrafts. The airline has received financial assistance from Exim Bank, based in France and Italy.

Local airlines mostly use ATR aircrafts, which have to fly to factories in Thailand, Malaysia or Singapore for maintenance.

When the construction of the maintenance factory is finished in Myanmar, it will offer services not only to local airlines but also to international airlines for ATR aircrafts.

Source: ELEVEN

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