Dragonair will launch a four-times weekly service to Yangon, Myanmar on January 9, 2013.
The airline will operate the new service on a two-class A321 aircraft. There will be 24 seats in business class in a 2-2 configuration and 148 in economy arranged in a 3-3 format.
The flight will leave Hong Kong on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 2120 for a 2335 arrival in Myanmar’s capital. The return leg, meanwhile, will depart at 0100 on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays and touch down at HKIA at 0600.
Dragonair chief executive Patrick Yeung said: “Yangon is an important addition to Dragonair’s expanding network in Asia and launching this new destination will further strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a leading aviation hub. We see tremendous potential in this market with both tourism and commercial activities rapidly gaining momentum.”
After over a decade under a military government, Myanmar has begun making moves towards democracy, and many international economic sanctions were lifted in April as a result. This has led to a resurgence in business interest in the country, with large numbers of people making initial visits to explore investment opportunities and many carriers launching or increasing services to cater to this demand. These include Jetstar (see here), Thai AirAsia (see here) and ANA (see here) – the latter of which is operating the route with an all-business class aircraft. To read more about Myanmar’s resurgence, click here.
Yangon is the 10th destination to be launched or resumed by Dragonair since April, including Kolkata (see here), Haikou (see here) and Jeju (see here). Dragonair has also announced that it will begin services to Zhengzhou and Wenzhou (see here and here) in China on January 8 and 25 respectively. The carrier currently flies to 39 regional destinations, including 19 cities in Mainland China.
For more information, visit www.dragonair.com