First ATR 72-600 is delivered to Myanmar National Airlines

Myanmar National Airlines (previously known as Myanmar Airways), has received its first ATR 72-600 after placing a firm order for six of the type, as well as six options, in 2014.The new aircraft, valued at US$ 296 million, will complement the airline’s existing fleet of three ATR 72-500s, two ATR 72-200s and one ATR 42-300. The ATR-600s, the last of which is scheduled for delivery in 2017, will also provide the additional seat capacity (68-74 seats) needed to meet the booming demand for tourism and business travel across the country.The new aircraft are part of Myanmar National Airlines’ wider strategy to expand its presence in the country. In addition to the introduction of the newest ATR-600s, the airline is also setting up an MRO centre in Yangon with support from ATR. Today, there are 30 ATRs in operation across the country, flying with eight different airline liveries.“We are delighted to introduce the newest ATR-600 series aircraft into our fleet and to begin offering its world-class standards of comfort to our passengers. We are upgrading our fleet with an aircraft that is proving to be outstandingly successful, particularly in Asia, and which has shown itself to be the optimal choice both in terms of operational versatility and fuel efficiency,” declared Than Tun, Myanmar National Airlines’ managing director. “Upgrading to the newest ‘-600s’ came naturally after having successfully operated former ATR versions for years.”Patrick de Castelbajac, CEO of ATR, stated, “We are honoured to see the Myanmar national flag carrier’s confidence in us has been renewed and to be a part of their ambitious plan to expand their air and maintenance services. The ATR aircraft are the perfect solution to the needs of regional transportation across the country and within Southeast Asia. The number of ATRs flying in Myanmar has doubled in recent years, highlighting the aircraft’s suitability for the short-haul network and for main and small airfields.”

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