The airline, which already operates several ATR turboprops, booked an order for six ATR 72-600s in 2014, along with options for six additional aircraft. ATR valued the potential 12-aircraft deal at US$296 million at list prices.

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Hong Kong-based Dragonair plans to launch a new four-times weekly service to Yangon, the largest city and main economic hub of Myanmar, on January 9, subject to government approval.

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The Embraer 190s will be delivered to Myanma Airways by lessor GECAS 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.

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SilkAir operates 16 round-trips a week to Yangon with single-aisle Airbus A320-family aircraft. Singapore Airlines will take over seven of those round-trips with Boeing 777-200 widebody aircraft, increasing the group’s weekly seat capacity on the route by 55 per cent.

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