Myanma Airways agrees planes deal with ATR

16th July 2014, Comments 0 comments

Myanmar's state-owned airline has signed a deal for up to a dozen new-generation ATR propeller-driven planes as part of a project to become a major regional carrier, it said on Wednesday.

Myanma Airways signed a deal with the European planemaker ATR for six ATR 72-600s with options for six more, the pair announced on the sidelines of the Farnborough airshow near London.

No financial details were disclosed.

The planes, scheduled for delivery from 2015 through 2017, will replace Myanma Airways' existing fleet made by ATR, which is co-owned by Airbus Group and Italian aerospace group Finmeccanica.

"The acquisition of these new ATRs forms part of the carrier's ambitious strategy to expand its global footprint to establish Myanma Airways as a major carrier in the region," said a joint statement.

© 2014 AFP

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