Air Myanmar Aviation Service, owned by tycoon U Tay Za, has been granted to operate the country’s first-ever helicopter service, according to the Civil Aviation Department.
The company will provide its services using two AS350 B3 helicopters, and its choppers are set to land at airports and other designated heliports in the country.
According to local media reports, an American aviation firm has also applied for licence to provide helicopter service and is waiting for the authorities’ nod.
Myanmar is desperately trying to upgrade its aviation industry in a bid to boost tourist arrivals. The government aims 5 million tourists this year.
Myanmar has eight domestic airlines, while 24 foreign carriers fly to the country’s three international airports – Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw.