On October 6, 1994, Air Mandalay was established as Myanmar’s first domestic and regional Joint Venture Airline. The current shareholders are Air Mandalay Holdings of Singapore, Premier Airlines of Malaysia and state-run Myanma Airways, recently rebranded as Myanmar National Airlines. Air Mandalay, based in Yangon, Myanmar, is a regional airline operating domestic services and international charter flights to neighboring countries. The airline’s main base is Yangon International Airport.
On October 18, 1994, Air Mandalay started operations with a flight from Yangon to Mandalay.
On August 27, 1995, Air Mandalay started its first international service from Yangon to Chiang Mai in Thailand.
In 2010, the airline was forced to stop flying for several months because of maintenance problems with its aircraft, which included two ATR 72s and an ATR 42.
In December 2014, Air Mandalay had to temporarily cease operations due to financial difficulties in securing leases on new planes. Two aircraft of its fleet (one ATR 72 and the ATR 42) could no longer be operated in Myanmar because the Department of Civil Aviation Law prohibits the use of aircraft that are more than 25 years old.
In April 2015, the airline declared itself back in business, with two newly leased Embraer ERJ 145 added to the fleet. The first to be restarted were charter operations, with the official recommencement of scheduled flights following in May 2015.
In 2018, Air Mandalay will start adding to its fleet the 6 Mitsubishi MRJ-90 aircraft ordered in 2014. The new aircraft will have a capacity of 86 to 96 seats and will provide unprecedented benefits to drive the airline’s expected growth in the region.
Air Mandalay is the only airline in Myanmar to remain accident-free.