I knew that the US had recently signed a deal with Mongolia that created better trade and diplomatic relations (opening the door for 738). It also allows for joint military training exercises. Mongolia has been changing drastically since becoming a democracy and seems to be looking for relations with lots of countries. They have tight relations with China, Korea (Thank you Hyundai) and Russia. They also have strong cultural and diplomatic relations with Japan (thank you sumo wrestlers).
So I went to the home page and was surprised at what I found. I expected some kind of cheap website but what I found was:
- a website in 7 languages
- on-line booking (JAL barely has that in English)
- good information about the airline (not enough but for an average person..ok)
- webpage with TV commercials
- airline with a mileage/FF program
- page about maintainence (M&E) organization (EASA approved). You can actually look at the gallery and see the maintanence done on the 737.
- airline with in-flight movies and audio as well as a magazine in 4 languages.
- updated schedules (but do not say what the A/C is but I assume International are with the A310))
About their fleet
In June 1994, 2 B-727 aircraft were purchased from the Republic of Korea making possible to operate international flights with own aircraft.
Upon the expansion of its international operation the company became a member of SITA reservation system in 1990, and IATA International Air Transport Association in 1996.
In May 1998, one A310-300 aircraft was leased in on financial lease from Airbus Industrie Financial Services in the framework of international and domestic fleet replacement project in order to meet foreign aviation authorities noise requirement.
B737-800 aircraft was delivered on operating lease from GATX in July 2002.
So what is their fleet made up of today? Break down and such?
MIAT serves: (Active Winter Schedule)
ULN-TXL: 1X (via SVO)
They also have several domestic routes.
That seems like a limited usage of aircraft. Much of the longer flights are done with the A310-300 and domestics are done with other aircraft including the 737-800.
Just to note ULN is served by MIAT, Aero Mongolia, Aeroflot, Air China, Korean Airlines, and JAL (Seasonal)
What is the potential market for Mongolia?
What is the future fleet possibilities for MIAT?
What are future routes for MIAT?
Has anyone here on A.net ever flown on Miat?
Why so few photos of MIAT...seems like it would be one of those "rare" birds that people would want to photograph? (not in photo search...less than 50 picts of MIAT planes in database most dating before 2000)
I know this thread is doomed to a quick and sudden death due to its obscurity but I thought it might be fun to discuss something besides US/DL or LCC new routes to small cities.