Myanmar National Airlines launches route between Yangon and Singapore

A few years back Myanmar decided to open up and the United States lifted sanctions against the country, resulting in the deal of new Boeing 737-800s for the country’s fledgling airline – the Myanmar National Airlines (MNA). Even though the airline was founded in 1948, they generally fly domestic routes and only recently re-started flights out of the country. Now that the airline has taken delivery of these new 737-800s, they are starting to fly to Singapore starting from 17 August 2015.

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Myanmar National’s 737-800 in the new livery. Photo from Myanmar National Airlines’ Facebook Page.

Based on photos from the airlines’ Facebook page, MNA would fly their latest 737-800s 6 days a week (except Saturday) between Yangon and Singapore, departing Yangon at 10:15, arriving Singapore Changi Airport at 14:45, meaning a 2-hour scheduled flight. The return flight departs at 16:00 from Singapore and arriving Yangon at 17:30. The new plane with its striking livery should add to the variation in Singapore Changi Airport and this would be worth spotting for aviation enthusiasts.

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Myanmar’s Business Class on their 737-800. Photo from Myanmar National Airlines’ Facebook Page.

The 737 would be fitted in 3 classes, with Business Class resembling that of Silk Air and Malaysia Airlines in a 2-2 configuration. The seats are furnished in red leather and seems to be decent with their own in-seat entertainment screen.

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Myanmar’s Economy Class. Photo from Myanmar National Airlines’ Facebook Page.

There would also be a Premium Economy cabin with 36” of legroom on board and an Economy class cabin. Apparently, in both Premium and Economy, food and drink are complimentary and it also features a ‘streaming In flight entertainment’ that is ‘delivered straight to your laptop, tablet or other devices’. Myanmar National Airlines’ website is scant with information so I am not sure how this works.

Prices for these flights starts from S$289 (~$210) for flights departing from Singapore (ie. SIN-RGN) and $239 (~S$328) for flights from Yangon. This means flights from Yangon becomes slightly more expensive. While these rates are reasonable, I am not sure how it compares to Silk Air, where I could probably earn valuable Krisflyer miles.

But what is interesting is the price variation between Economy and Business class, as MNA mentions a fare of S$1,460 plus extra applicable taxes of S$192.90 per person, which equates to S$1,652.90 (~$1,205). While it supposedly includes a meet and greet service and limousine service, I am not sure if a ride on a 737 is worth that much.

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