gamps
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Myanmar Airways To Add Hong Kong, Delhi

Wed Dec 03, 2003 11:50 am

Not sure how many of you care, but hey my grandmas family was from Burma who walked all the way to India as refugee when Japanese invaded the country during WW II. So good to know now there will be an air link between the two countries.

Cheers

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Myanmar carrier to launch flights to HK, India

(YANGON, Myanmar) Myanmar's national airline will start twice-weekly flights to Hong Kong next month and plans to open a route to New Delhi early next year, a semiofficial newspaper reported.

Myanmar Airways International will fly to Hong Kong on Mondays and Fridays starting Dec 12, The Myanmar Times weekly newspaper reported, quoting the company's managing director, Gerard de Vaz.

Hong Kong will be the carrier's fourth international destination after Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, it said.

'Hong Kong is one of the key markets in the Asia region, being an important hub for both business and leisure travellers. It is also an important gateway for us to the China market,' he said.

The report said the airline will offer promotional round-trip tickets on its inaugural Hong Kong flight for US$99.

Mr De Vaz said the flag carrier plans to launch its New Delhi service in February in line with its 'strategy of adding new and economically viable destinations to its schedule'.

Myanmar Airways International is a joint venture between the Ministry of Transport and a Singapore-based carrier, Region Air. It was established as a joint venture with Highsonic Enterprise of Singapore in 1993, but the company withdrew in 1998.

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RE: Myanmar Airways To Add Hong Kong, Delhi

Wed Dec 03, 2003 11:58 am

my grandmas family was from Burma who walked all the way to India as refugee when Japanese invaded the country during WW II

Interesting. My dad's mother and her family got on the last boat out of Rangoon right before it fell to the Japanese, so I guess we have something in common there!
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gamps
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RE: Myanmar Airways To Add Hong Kong, Delhi

Wed Dec 03, 2003 12:12 pm

OT:

Very interesting coincidence indeed.

Did they happen to own timber biz in Rangoon? Apparently they were very rich and left Burma with nothing but clothes they were wearing. Walked to Mora (Manipur state I think) and then somehow to Calcutta and then finally settled in Mysore. This is mom's mom and her family BTW.

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RE: Myanmar Airways To Add Hong Kong, Delhi

Wed Dec 03, 2003 12:27 pm

Gamps,

Thanks for some news from a little known airline. And my regards to your family for their courage and determination.

K.
 
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RE: Myanmar Airways To Add Hong Kong, Delhi

Wed Dec 03, 2003 12:27 pm

Very interesting coincidence indeed. Did they happen to own timber biz in Rangoon?

My great-grandfather was from Goa and was a musician/entertainer who just happened to have set up home in Rangoon in the 1930s (his wife was half-Burmese). After the Japs moved in, they got on the last boat out of Rangoon and moved back to Goa. In the meanwhile, my grandmother got married and moved to Bombay with my grandfather who worked for the railways - and the rest is history!

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