Myanmar’s flag carrier Myanma Airways has agreed to lease two Embraer 190s from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE.
The Embraer 190 aircraft will be delivered to Myanma Airways by the end of this year and will be the first modern 100-seater jets to be introduced in Myanmar, according to Embraer. This will allow Myanma Airways to begin international operations.
Each Embraer 190 for Myanma Airways is to be configured with 100 seats in a single-class layout.
The two Embraer E-Jets are part of the airline’s fleet modernization plan. In addition to deployment on domestic routes, the Embraer 190’s 2,400-nautical-mile (4,448-kilometer) range gives Myanma Airways the capability to fly to new Asian destinations, as the flag carrier of Myanmar.
“We are delighted to begin working with established companies like GE and Embraer to help build and modernize our transportation infrastructure and expand the benefits of air travel to our citizens,” says Than Tun, managing director of Myanma Airways.
Myanmar is the second-largest country in Southeast Asia and is seeing a steady increase in air travel. Year-over-year visitor arrivals increased 26 per cent in 2010 and 22 per cent in 2011, according to Embraer.
In the Asia-Pacific region, more than 200 Embraer commercial aircraft are in service with more than 20 operators. Embraer’s regional corporate office is based in Singapore – as is its regional distribution center, from where the company provides customer service and support to customers in the region.
Embraer E-Jets are in operation in a range of business models around the world, including mainline, low-cost and regional airline networks. Some 60 airlines from 40 countries fly Embraer E-Jets.
Established in 1948, Myanma Airways is the only state-owned airline of Myanmar. It serves all major domestic destinations from its main base at Yangon International Airport.
At the end of 2012, Myanma Airways will launch international flights as the national flag carrier of Myanmar. For further information, visit Myanma Airways’s website at www.myanmaairways.aero.