Myanma Airways (Myanmar National Airlines) commits to up to 12 ATR 72-600s
Myanmar’s state-owned national airline Myanma Airways, to be named Myanmar National Airlines in the near future, today signed a deal with ATR for 6 new generation ATR 72-600s with options for 6 additional aircraft. The acquisition of these new ATRs forms part of the carrier’s ambitious strategy to expand its global footprint to establish Myanma Airways (Myanmar National Airlines) as a major carrier in the region. In parallel with the new order, following the company’s dynamic development efforts, ATR will assist Myanma Airways (Myanmar National Airlines) to enhance its maintenance capabilities through the set-up of a modern MRO in Yangon meeting the highest international standards.
The new airplanes are scheduled for delivery in 2015 through to 2017. The new ATR 72-600s will complete and gradually replace the existing ATR fleet, boosting the airline services considerably by opening new routes, increasing flight frequencies to existing routes and offering the highest level of comfort to Myanma Airways (Myanmar National Airlines) customers.
Myanma Airways (Myanmar National Airlines) Managing Director Mr. Than Tun noted that today's order represents another important step in the company's strategy to build a strong foundation for the future. “The decision to continue with ATR for our short haul operations underpins the Myanma Airways (Myanmar National Airlines) long term strategy to build up not only a fleet of the world’s most fuel efficient and reliable aircraft but also MRO station in Yangon International Airport. The ATR -600 series family’s outstanding operational efficiency and comfort make it the right choice for Myanmar National Airways. These new generation airliners match perfectly Myanmar’s market”.
“We are delighted to be supporting Myanma Airways (Myanmar National Airlines) in this period of growth for both the country and the airline,” declared Patrick de Castelbajac, ATR Chief Executive Officer. “The newly acquired ATRs will to pave the way for Myanmar National Airlines to have the most modern and fuel-efficient fleet, helping to reduce its operating and fuel costs and deliver state-of-the-art amenities to its customers, while maximizing financial flexibility for the company.”
ATR fleet in Myanmar has almost doubled in the past two years as passenger demand continues to grow.
About the ATR 72-600:
- Passenger capacity: 68-74 seats
- Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
- Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horse power per engine
- Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 Kg
- Maximum load: 7,500 Kg
- Maximum range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,665 Km)
About Myanma Airways – Myanmar National Airlines:
Myanmar National Airways the national flag carrier of Myanmar. Founded in 1949 as Union of Burma Airways, the company was then renamed Myanma Airways and will now be operating under the name of Myanmar National Airlines. Myanmar National Airlines today operates scheduled services to all major domestic destinations, and is in the midst of a major restructuring plan aimed at establishing Myanmar National Airlines as a major carrier in the ASEAN region and beyond. The airline network will rapidly expand outside Myanmar with the introduction of 10 Boeing 737-800 and 737-Max 8 as in the near term, and the renewal of its regional fleet with the brand new ATR 72-600.
ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft the best-selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment. The unifying vision of the company’s employees is to help everyone, no matter where they are in the world, to connect and develop in a responsible manner. Thanks to the efficiency of turboprop technology and the benefits of the company’s focus on continuous innovation, ATR aircraft open more 140 new routes every year on average, burn 45% less fuel and emit 45% less CO2 than regional jets. For all of these reasons, ATR aircraft have been chosen by some 200 companies in 100 countries around the world. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.