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SINGAPORE AIR SHOW
Myanma Airways signed deal at the show
to lease 10 Boeing 737 family aircraft from
GECAS as part of its plan to expand into
The first aircraft are scheduled to arrive
from June 2015 and come from GECAS'
existing order book with Boeing. The contract
calls for six Boeing 737-800 models and four
Boeing 737-8MAX models. The aircraft will
be delivered through 2020.
Established in 1948, Myanma Airways
is the state-owned de facto flag carrier of
Myanmar now that Myanmar Airways
International has been privatised, and currently
serves all major domestic destinations from its
main base at Yangon International Airport. It
has one international service, the pilgrimage
routes to Gaya in India. Last year the airline
carried around 500,000 passengers,
compared with 230,000 in 2010.
Captain Than Tun, managing director of
Myanma Airways, said that the carrier was
targetting Japan, South Korea and China for
its international expansion. AviaSolutions,
GECAS' consultancy arm, is advising
Myanma Airways on various aspects of the
business, including network planning.
As regards the latter, Captain Tun said that
Incheon and Tokyo were amongst the possible
destinations, but that a lot depended on how
the competitive landscape develops over the
next few years till the aircraft are delivered.
Japan and South Korea are "priority markets"
Captain Tun said. He is also looking at south-
east Asian destinations including Singapore,
Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, although these
are more crowded, he said.
The profile of the airline will be raised in
the meantime, partly due to the fact that travel
agents and the public are more familiar with
Myanmar Airways International.
The airline is also interested in adding
to its ATR fleet, Captain Tun said, possibly
adding a couple more to its four strong
fleet this year. It also operates two Embraer
190s, also leased from GECAS. Its MA60
fleet is grounded.
ASEAN Open Skies is already in evidence
with 13 new carriers entering the Myanmar
market in the last twelve months, including
five from Thailand and four from Singapore.
Captain Tun said his carrier is prepared for
this. -- Colin Baker
Myanma Airways to get 10 737s from GECAS
Lufthansa Technik outlined its Asia-Pacific
strategy at a breakfast briefing at the show,
with Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen (LTS) among
the highlights in terms of expansion.
LTS, a composite materials MRO
specialist based in Bao'An International
Airport in Shenzhen, China, is in the
process of tripling its workshop space and
warehouse capacity to nearly 25,000m2
and strengthening its presence in the areas
of component supply, logistics services
and airline support teams (AST) for engine
services across China and Asia.
"When the enlarged workshop and
warehouse opens in April, we will be
able to expand our service portfolio
significantly," said LTS president and CEO,
Dr. Bernd Riggers. "And demand in the
region is rising noticeably."
Also being added is a new logistic
service centre with bonded warehouse.
LTS says the new AST team will allow the
company to offer airlines and leasing
companies efficient engine services,
with inspections, documentation,
warehousing, logistics services and flexible
local service teams.
A new large autoclave will also
enable work on large composite components
such as those used on the Airbus A380,
Boeing 787 and 777 aircraft. Technical
service for avionics components and
hydraulic and pneumatic devices are also
Lufthansa Technik also announced a host
of deals in Asia. VietJet Air has selected
Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS)
as their transportation management
partner, covering routine, AOG and
dangerous good transportation. LTLS will
also handle the transport management for
Thai Airways in the USA.
Lufthansa Technik has been selected
by Garuda to provide complete component
support for the Indonesian carrier's
fleet of Bombardier CRJ1000s, which
may eventually reach 18. It also signed
a total technical support contact with
Thailand's Nok Air for its fleet of up to 30
737NGs. The MRO provider also signed
a deal with Taiwan's EVA Air covering
component supply for the carrier's Airbus
Two Asian airlines have signed up for
the MRO provider's Cyclean engine wash
programme --- Asiana Airlines and Hong
Kong Airlines. -- Colin Baker
Lufthansa Technik expands in Asia
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