Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) is the national flag carrier with the most extensive route network in the country. With a 69-year-old tradition, it is one of the oldest and most experienced airlines in Asia.
Safely flying 400.000 passengers in 2015 and almost one million in 2016, this year the airline is expecting to fly 1.5 million passengers to 28 domestic destinations and four international destinations: Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand. It is planning on further expanding its international flight network to China this year, as well as to acquire two new aircraft for routes to Korea and Japan in the near future, which will increase the current 25% share of international flights in the company’s portfolio.
MNA’s operates the largest fleet in Myanmar, consisted of 19 aircraft, including Boeing 737-800 NG, Boeing 737-800 MAX, Embraer 190 and ATR 72-600. In 2014 MNA launched its new domestic service with fixed schedules, state of the art reservations and airport systems, and a brand new Premium Economy on the Embraer 190 aircraft, as well as an upgraded food and in-flight service throughout the fleet.
Captain Than Tun, with 38 years of experience in the airline industry, is leading Myanmar National Airlines as its Chief Executive Officer. Under his management, the ATR Fleet maintenance organisation was developed, the airline was rebranded, and the quality control aspects were reformed. “We recently welcomed our brand new Boeing 737 aircraft into our fleet. It has allowed us to expand our international network and offer an even better experience for our customers. Our focus is on three key areas: safety, security and punctuality,” Than Tun explaines.
MNA is known for its excellent operational performance. Their flight crew and ground teams have the highest standards of training, delivered by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in addition to the extensive experience and knowledge acquired through the years. Its management and over 2,000 employees are carefully studying the market and planning the growth of the airline using the most sophisticated IT. “The software we use allows us to analyse and plan well. Our clients can buy our tickets in 34 countries using their currencies. We have set up a 24h call centre connected to Facebook, Viber and Sky Scanner, as well as the unique MNA mobile app. Our signature Mingalabar Service (Welcome Service) is used by all of our staff from immigration, transportation, land services to the flight assistants,” says Than Tun.
“Once we are entirely corporatized in the next few months, we will be working even harder to attract new local and foreign investors to our company. With the 50% growth rate in passenger numbers in the past couple of years, I am confident that investors will recognise their interest,” Than Tun concludes.