Air Bagan mulls Yangon-Phuket service
PHUKET: Air Bagan, a private airline based in Yangon, Myanmar, has reported it will take delivery of more aircraft and will upgrade its online and distribution channels to attract more passengers.
Thursday 7 June 2012, 03:56PM
Air Bagan said that it intends to add two more ATR 72 aircraft and one Airbus to allow it to expand domestic and regional services in the coming high season.
Destinations served from Yangon may include Gaya, Phuket, Bangkok, Singapore and Siem Reap. There may also be flights between Mandalay and Bangkok. There will be both scheduled and regular charter services.
During the winter schedule October 2011 to March 2012, Air Bagan used Mandalay as a second hub to offer domestic flights to Nyaung U (Bagan), Heho (the gateway to Inle Lake), Bhamo (a city in Kachin State), Tachilek (a Shan state town close to Chiang Rai), Myitkyina (the capital of Kachin State) and Kalay (western-most district in Sagaing Division).
Last year, it expanded its domestic network to add flights from Yangon to Kyauk Phyu (a major town in Rakhine State), Bhamo, Homalin (a small town in northwest in Sagaing Division) and Monywa (a city in Sagaing Division).
Since October 15, 2011, the airline has been in a code-share partnership with amnother Burmese airline, Asian Wings Airways, which began operations in January.
Asian Wings has a fleet of two ATR72-500s, operating flights to and from the main cities: Yangon, Mandalay, Heho, Kawthaung, Lashio, Tachilek, Myeik, Dawei, Myitkyina, Bhamo and Homalin.
Meanwhile, Air Bagan will upgrade its online reservations and e-ticket system to make them more convenient for customers. This upgrade should be completed by October.
It will also improve distribution channels through additional passenger sales agency agreements.