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Myanmar private airline launches first international flight
15th May, 2007

YANGON - A Myanmar national private airline, Air
Bagan, formally launched its maiden flight Tuesday morning between
Yangon and Bangkok as its first international air route.

The maiden flight was inaugurated by Myanmar Transport Minister
Major-General Thein Swe and Yangon Commander Brigadier-General Hla
Htay Win at the Yangon International Airport.

The airline's Yangon-Bangkok-Yangon air route will run daily using a
228-seat airbus A 310-200 aircraft.

The airline plans to stretch wing to China's Kunming before September,
U Tay Za, Chairman of the Htoo Trading Company which runs the airline,
told Xinhua.

He also revealed that extension of flights to other destinations such
as Singapore, South Korea's Incheon, Cambodia's Siam Reap, India's
Chennai and Bangladesh's Dhaka will also be covered the plan.

He further disclosed that rough agreement has been reached for the
flight to Incheon in August and it is expected to be finalized next
week, adding that two more A 320 aircraft will be bought.

Air Bagan has been flying between Yangon and 17 domestic destinations,
presently using two Fokker F-100, two France-made ATR-72, three ATR-42
aircraft and two airbus A 310 totaling nine, the official added.

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