Under the guidance of Myanmar Investment Commission, Air Kanbawza, otherwise known as AIR KBZ, was established in June 2010. The purpose of this establishment is to help the fellow existing airlines cater the growing demands of air travel in Myanmar. Taking off her very first commercial flight on April 2nd 2011, to this date AIR KBZ has unveiled 15 destinations altogether.
Destinations during the initial phase include Yangon, Nyaung U, Mandalay, Heho, and Myeik. With the support of the valued customers and dedicated employees, as of today the airline has expanded its operation to Nay Pyi Taw, Kalay, Myitkyina, Lashio, Tachileik, Kyaing Tong, Dawei, Kaw Thaung, Thandwe and Sittwe. AIR KBZ aims to have more than 20 destinations in the near future, covering all the commercial centers of Myanmar.
Air Mandalay Limited is a private joint venture company that was incorporated on 6 October 1994 to operate as Myanmar’s first joint venture airline and support the country’s tourism industry.
With its base and head office in Yangon, as well as 12 additional offices across Myanmar, Air Mandalay has established itself as a domestic carrier, operating to international standards and serving all of Myanmar’s tourist destinations and commercial hubs. The airline also offers air charter services to destinations – both within the country and in the region.
In April 2015 Air Mandalay added two ERJ-145 Embraer jets to its fleet. Air Mandalay introduced the first regional jet service along its entire route structure. Due to the growth of tourism and economic development in Myanmar, air transportation has become an important contributor to the country’s economic growth and its infrastructure development.
Air Mandalay has positioned itself to manage the increasing number of foreign visitors and therefore play a vital role in the expansion of Myanmar’s air transport infrastructure.
Mann Yadanarpon Airlines (MYP) was incorporated as a private limited liability company on July 23, 2013, and granted a permit by the Myanmar Investment Commission under the Myanmar Citizens Investment Law to operate air transportation services on both domestic and international routes.
Mann Yadanarpon Airlines is the first airline in Myanmar to base its operations at Mandalay International Airport. Mandalay is the second largest city and the cultural centre of Myanmar in close proximity to the main tourist destinations of Bagan and Inle Lake (Heho).
Whereas only one international airline was operating to Mandalay International Airport up to a year ago, five international airlines are now operating to the airport. Therefore, by basing its operations at Mandalay International Airport, MYP aims to provide convenient international flight connections to international travelers arriving at and departing from Mandalay.
Yangon Airways was established in October 1996, as a domestic airline in a joint venture between Myanma Airways, the state-owned national airline and Krong-Sombat Co., of Thailand. In October 1997, MHE-Mayflower Co. acquired Kong- Sombat’s shares in Yangon Airways and the remaining shares in 2005. Since then the airline has evolved into a principal domestic airline operating scheduled and charter services from Yangon to 15 prime commercial and tourist destinations in Myanmar.
MYANMAR NATIONAL AIRLINES
Myanmar National Airlines is the national flag carrier of Myanmar and has the most extensive route network within our country. This has been in existence for over 65 years and they are one of the oldest and most experienced airlines in Asia.
APEX Airline Public Company Limited (APEX Airlines) was incorporated on 27th November 2012 for the purpose of providing International and Domestic Air Transport Services and was awarded a provisional Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) to commence its startup process. APEX Airlines started passenger transport operations on 7th April 2015.
GOLDEN MYANMAR AIRLINES
Golden Myanmar Airlines (GMA) has successfully been launched as the first public airline company in Myanmar. It was incorporated on 14th September, 2012 under the Myanmar Compinies Act, under mandated from Ministry of Transport and is located as 3rd floor of Saya San Plaza, Corner of the New University Avenue Street, Bahan Township, and Yangon, Myanmar.
The company was founded with the directors qualified to contribute authorized share capital of 40 percent, while the remaining 60 percent will be contributed by share sold to the public sector in the future. It was established as a Public Company limited to operate as a national airline of Myanmar. The company has also been established with strong financial support from the Co-operative Bank and Tun Foundation Bank, which is leading local banking institutions in Myanmar. Yangon and Mandalay both serve as hubs to provide domestic fully services.
FMI Air commenced business in September 2012 as a charter operation under the banner of FMI Air Charter. They operated about 19 flights a week chartering turboprop aircraft from other local carriers to provide a service between the commercial hub, Yangon and the capital city Nay Pyi Taw. After successfully building this market, late in 2013 FMI Air Charter decided to apply for an AOC to begin operating its own aircraft.
In May 2015, FMI Air officially launched its own operations with a scheduled service featuring an all jet fleet of CRJ 200 aircraft, expanding our network beyond our original Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw route.