Myanmar has received its first fixed-base operator (FBO), after the Myanmar MJets Business Aviation Centre (MBAC) opened at the Yangon International Airport.
An FBO involves a commercial company being given the right by an airport to operate on the airport and provide aeronautical services including fuelling, aircraft rental and maintenance and flight instructions, among other roles.
The new centre is part of a collaboration between Thai FBO operator Mjets, local aircraft handling firm the WahWah Group and Myanma Airways, the national carrier of Myanmar and Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation. The Myanmar MJets Business Aviation Center (MMBAC) includes an executive lounge, four crew day rooms and a flight planning office. The facility has dedicated on-site customs and immigration clearance and a security checkpoint.
The facility will be able to handle 300 business aircraft flights this year. The two-storey building also has direct access to the Myanmar Airways hangar, where visiting private jets can park. Ramp services will be provided by Myanmar Airways under an operational support agreement with MMBAC.
The inauguration of the new facility comes as Myanmar’s economy strengthens. “There have been many wealthy and discerning aircraft owners requesting VIP treatment at Myanmar airports which I could not provide because facilities like what MMBAC has built simply did not exist,” said founder and chief executive officer of WahWah Ohn Myint