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11 January 2010
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Myanmar private carrier plans three more destinations this year

A Myanmar private airline of Air Bagan has planned to add flight services to three more destinations of Cambodia, Thailand and China this year, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported, quoting sources with the airline.

These new destinations include Cambodia's Siem Reap, Thailand's Phuket and Chaing Mai and China's Kunming and Guangzhou. Of them, the flight service between Yangon and Chaing Mai had started last Thursday.

The Air Bagan once launched its first international scheduled flight service to Bangkok on May 15, 2007 and the second's to Singapore on Sept. 7 the same year but both of the flight services were suspended in 2008.

The Air Bagan is flying domestically to 20 destinations -- Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Nyaung Oo, Taunggyi, Kalay, Myitkyina, Putao, Kyaington, Tachileik, Lashio, Thandwe, Sittwe, Dawei, Kawthoung, Myeik, Heho, Monywa, Honmalin and Pathein. Its two international destinations are Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur and Thailand's Chaing Mai.

Inaugurated in November 2004, Air Bagan, the first full private-invested airline in Myanmar set up by the Htoo Company, stands the third largest domestic private airline in the country after Air Mandalay and Yangon Airways. The airline is owned by Teza, a businessman and close associate of Myanmar junta chief Than Shwe.



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