Myanmar’s state-owned airline, Myanma Airways, will undergo a sweeping half a billion-dollar overhaul as the carrier looks to upgrade its domestic service and eyes expansion to international destinations.
SINGAPORE (AFP) – Myanmar's state-owned domestic carrier on February 11 signed a deal to lease 10 Boeing aircraft worth nearly US$1 billion that will ply international routes in a bid to tap a tourism boom.
A Myanma Airways plane had its second near miss in less than a month when the passenger carrier skidded off a domestic runway on Monday.
No one was injured in the incident involving a Chinese-built MA-60 at Kawthaung in southeastern Myanmar.
In a bizarre coincidence, a plane of the same model had a similar crash in Indonesia on the same day.
The accident is the third aviation mishap in Myanmar since December. On Christmas Day, two people were killed and 11 injured when an Air Bagan plane crash-landed in Shan State. And two people were injured when a Myanma Airways plane overshot the runway in the same state.
Concern about the safety of flying internally in Myanmar has increased as the country’s airports and airlines struggle to keep up with the surge in tourism and traffic over the past 18 months.