Myanmar-based domestic and regional international carrier Air KBZ has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600 regional airliner.
Danish finance and leasing company Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) is providing financing for Air KBZ’s acquisition of the ATR 72-600, plus another due for delivery to the airline in June.
The ATR 72-600 was handed over to Air KBZ in a ceremony at the ATR Delivery Center in Toulouse. The ceremony was attended by senior managers from Air KBZ, NAC, and ATR.
Air KBZ already operates four ATR 72-500s in Myanmar and according to ATR the carrier is keen to develop its regional network further , adding new routes and frequencies to its domestic and regional markets.
Founded in 2010, Air KBZ is a privately owned, Myanmar-based airline. It launched domestic scheduled services from Yangon on April 2, 2011. The carrier received its first ATR 72-500 regional airliner on lease from Nordic Aviation Capital on February 28, 2011.
These aircraft serve over a dozen domestic destinations within Myanmar, as well as selected international routes.
According to ATR, Air KBZ’s new ATR 72-600s each feature a high comfort cabin layout seating 68 passengers. The aircraft’s ergonomically designed Armonia cabin provides its passengers with new lighter, slim seats offering improved personal space, the cabin also featuring LED mood lighting and wider overhead bins.
“The acquisition of these 2 new aircraft via Nordic Aviation Capital is integral to our network expansion from our regional hubs,” said Khin Maung Myint, Air KBZ’s deputy managing director.