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Myanma Airways ATR 72-600 and Air Mandalay MRJ90 orders further escalate battle for Myanmar market

Competition in Myanmar is set to intensify further as several of the country’s airlines pursue ambitious fleet expansion. Two Burmese carriers used the recent Farnborough Airshow to order new aircraft, putting the Myanmar market in the spotlight as local carriers attempt to capture some of the rapid growth which so far has mainly benefitted foreign airlines.

Domestic market leader Myanma Airways has committed to acquiring at least six ATR 72-600s, adding to orders the government owned carrier placed in early 2014 with GECAS for 10 737s. Meanwhile one of its eight privately owned local competitors, Air Mandalay, has committed to at least six MRJ90 regional jets.  

Myanmar’s airline sector currently consists of nine airlines, including eight domestic operators, with a combined fleet of just over 40 aircraft. The total fleet in Myanmar could double over the next few years as several existing carriers expand and new airlines enter the market. But such rapid growth may not be sustainable and consolidation seems inevitable.

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