Twice weekly flight to Yangon

CHIANG MAI, 8 December 2017:  Myanmar’s privately owned airline, AIR KBZ, has introduced a service from Chiang May to Yangon.

The airline is offering a twice weekly service on Wednesday and Sunday using a 70-seat ATR aircraft.

The twice-weekly service is in the timetable for the winter season through to 21 March 2018. The airline is selling seats mainly to tour operators who are planning trips for clients that combine North Thailand and Myanmar.

It will save having to fly to Bangkok and connect with a service from there to Yangon.

However, in the long-run a twice weekly service is not convenient for passengers particularly business  travellers living Chiang Mai.

A major downside, when attempting to book directly with the airline, is the poor quality of its website and shortcomings in the online payment process for fares through credit cards.

Air KBZ plans to increase its network to 20 destinations in 2018 by adding international routes to its comprehensive domestic network.

Established in June 2010, the airline launched its first commercial flight in April 2011 and currently serves 15 destinations.

It started services with flights to Nyaung U, Mandalay, Heho, and Myeik from its home-base in Yangon. The network has since expanded to include Nay Pyi Taw, Kalay, Myitkyina, Lashio, Tachileik, Kyaing Tong, Dawei, Kaw Thaung, Thandwe and Sittwe. Some of the services are seasonal.