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Myanmar aviation Part 2: Myanmar Airways International & Myanmar National Airlines must rationalise

Myanmar’s aviation industry is approaching a critical juncture as competition intensifies between Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and Myanmar National Airlines (MNA). The two former partners are now competing aggressively in an international market that likely can only support one local airline over the long term.

MAI, which was privatised in 2010, and MNA, which remains government owned, both now operate the Yangon to Bangkok and Singapore routes. More overlap is inevitable as both airlines are planning to expand their international networks.

Myanmar’s new government may relook at the previous government’s decision to fund ambitious international expansion for MNA, which previously only operated domestic services. A partnership or even merger between MNA and MAI would be sensible as the current situation seems unsustainable.

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