JDAirCEO
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Air Bagan:

Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:14 am

This trip report is part of an extensive trip around southeast Asia but this is the first one I've done since I believe it is the most interesting. The trip included stops in Tokyo, Manila, Coron, Bangkok, Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, back to Bangkok and then back to Dallas!

Picking up this report when we departed Yangon on an Air Bagan F100 to Bagan with stops in Inle lake and Mandalay. The international terminal in Yangon is very nice and modern, obviously recent construction to meet the standards of other international gateways. The domestic terminal is very old and lacks basic amenities but is functional. Mandalay also has an impressive new airport that is reported to have cost 1.5billion yet in the two times I visited we never saw an aircraft parked at the terminal. Every aircraft used remote gates and bussed passengers.

If anyone has ever debated on visiting Myanmar (Burma) I highly recommend it. It is a beautiful country with great people. The country is untouched by many modern amenities and everyone was so friendly. It is a challenge to be in the country with out spending money in ways that supports the oppressive regime but you can make an effort but staying in guest houses and avoiding air travel. Obviously I couldn't avoid flying! We also flew Air Mandalay on the reverse routing but I didn't grab pictures from that trip because I picked up an intestinal parasite in Bagan.

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Tickets
You dont actually use the ticket to board the aircraft, they put a sticker on you that identifies you as a passenger.

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Baggage cart!

Couple aircrat shots while boarding. We were bussed to the aircraft from the terminal.
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Staying out of the sun!

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Take off from Yangon, you can barely see the two AirBagan A310s parked that never seemd to move during the four times we were there.

The flight to Inle Lake was about :50mins yet a meal was served and multiple beverage runs were made with follow on tea and coffee services. Moist towells were also passed out. Very impressive service. The food itself was a chicken sandwich with the smallest piece of chicken I've ever seen. But it was food and the desert was a tasty banana cake.

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enroute to Inle Lake

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Exit row leg room was good.

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After a stop in Inle Lake to pick up more passengers we contunied on a short flight to Mandalay which is where many passengers deplaned and some of us hung out onboard.

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The insanly large and underused Mandalay airport.

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Waiting for other passengers to arrive. I think we were on the ground for :45mins.

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I asked the FA if I could get up and walk around and she said sure follow me. She oppened the door to the aircraft and advised that I shouldnt wonder off to far! They just let me walk around on the tarmac while we waited for more passengers. So I took these pictures...

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Other passengers boarded and we departed to Bagan which was another short flight but had moist towells, full beverage service, and mints prior to landing.

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Bagan control tower.

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Arrival in Bagan.

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Our ride around bagan. We avoided the few tourist busses as these are government sponsered.

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Bagan scenery

Thanks for reading and I hope you will consider a trip to this great country if your in the area!

[Edited 2010-01-04 21:16:04]

[Edited 2010-01-04 21:39:20]
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C8fromONT
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RE: Air Bagan:

Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:35 am

It's amazing how simplistic things are in other parts of the world....
 
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RE: Air Bagan:

Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:27 pm

Great pictures and report.

I never heard of this airline before. The service looks very decent.

Also I'm proud to see so many Fokker operations throughout the world.

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RE: Air Bagan:

Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:37 pm

Very nice trip report.

According to AirBagan 's web-page http://www.airbagan.com/aircraft-fleet.htm , they are still operating 2 A310. Did you saw them?!


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JDAirCEO
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RE: Air Bagan:

Wed Jan 06, 2010 3:26 am



Quoting Debonair (Reply 3):
According to AirBagan 's web-page http://www.airbagan.com/aircraft-fleet.htm , they are still operating 2 A310. Did you saw them?!

Yea both aircraft were there, as in the picture, one did not have wingtips. I never saw either aircraft move. I believe they are only used for charters now.
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RE: Air Bagan:

Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:26 am

How did you get rid of the parasite? Did you travel with pills before you left?

Any linls to other pics of Burma? Thanks for a fascinating report.
 
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RE: Air Bagan:

Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:19 am

Hi Wyatt!

great report, always a please to read about rare airlines. It seems taking pictures on the tarmac wasn't a problem.

Quoting JDAirCEO (Thread starter):
Take off from Yangon, you can barely see the two AirBagan A310s parked that never seemd to move during the four times we were there.



Quoting JDAirCEO (Reply 4):

Yea both aircraft were there, as in the picture, one did not have wingtips. I never saw either aircraft move. I believe they are only used for charters now.

Both are A310-200s, unused since early 2008 according to ATDB.


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RE: Air Bagan:

Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:39 am

Very impressive service for a short domestic flight. It must have been a treat go wander around the tarmac during the intermediate stop!

Thanks for sharing. It's nice to read stories of a-netters who've gone off the beaten path.
 
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RE: Air Bagan:

Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:15 am



Quoting TR1 (Reply 7):
It must have been a treat go wander around the tarmac during the intermediate stop!

Yea apparently the terminal was built to increase tourism within the country but no aircraft actually use it since the only flights that arrive are domestic or from China and prefer to just park at remote stands. The terminal was very large and it was eerie to be wondering around on the ramp by myself!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Both are A310-200s, unused since early 2008 according to ATDB.

They were supposed to be used for scheduled longer haul flights but have only been used for charter flights. They remained parked next to the international terminal with no activity around them, but they are very sharp looking aircraft.
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RE: Air Bagan:

Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:36 pm

How nice to a TR on Air Bagan. I was flying with them from Lake Inle on the 3rd of jan 2010 to Tandwe close to Ngapali beach and from there to Yangon five days later. We were on the ATR 42, exellent service two FAs on the small 48seat plane, mealservice, several drinkservices all in 50 - 55 min flight. We also used Air Yangon ATR 72 for two legs in Myanmar. They have 3 FAs onboard, also full service. Both Air Yangon ATR 72 has French registration.

I think Myanmar is one of the most fasinating places I have ever been. People, culture, food apart from very high level of service in tourism.

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