International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (AIG), announced it has delivered an Airbus A320-200 aircraft to MAI-Myanmar Airways International (Yangon). This A320 is the first commercial jet aircraft of its type to be provided on an operating lease to an airline in Myanmar by a global aircraft leasing company.
“ILFC is very pleased to be the first international leasing company to lease an A320 in Myanmar. We look forward to supporting MAI’s growth and that of the aviation industry in Myanmar,” said ILFC’s Head of Asia Pacific, David Nixon. “ILFC believes MAI will succeed on their plan to offer the region a preferred premium carrier. The A320 delivered to MAI will modernize and expand MAI’s current A320 fleet and offer increased takeoff weight, greater range and improved fuel economy.”
Si Thu, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Myanmar Airways International, commented, “ILFC is one of the best brands in aviation, providing advanced total aircraft fleet solutions to its global partners. ILFC is the right partner for MAI, and the timing of this first ILFC A320 aircraft delivery to our airline will help us expand our fleet and extend our routes in this new era in Myanmar.”
Copyright Photo: Greenwing. This former OLT Express (Poland) Airbus A320-214 EI-EYH (msn 973, ex SP-IAC) became XY-AGO on its lease from ILFC on October 27.
MAI-Myanmar Airways International (Yangon) has leased this Airbus A321-111 registered F-GYAZ (msn 519) from Air Mediterranee for the 2011-2012 winter season. This is the second time MAI is leasing an A321 from Air Mediterranee, the first aircraft being A321-111 F-GYAO (msn 642) for the previous winter season. As before, the A321 is being deployed exclusively on the Yangon-Bangkok-Singapore route.
Copyright Photo: K.C. Sim. F-GYAZ is pictured arriving at SIN. The airliner carries the full 2009 MAI livery.
MAI-Myanmar Airways International (Yangon) is planning new routes to Delhi and Jakarta. The flag carrier is also exploring the possibility of operating medium haul flights to Dubai, Seoul (Incheon) and Tokyo (Narita) with Airbus A330s in the near future according to the airline.
Copyright Photo: Kenneth Wong. Please click on the photo for background information on this basically unknown airline.
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