There were welcome banners at both ends of the route as Air KBZ began three times weekly flights between Yangon and Chiang Mai in Thailand on 2 December. The route will be flown using an ATR 72 and will compete with rival services from Bangkok Airways and Myanmar National Airlines.
- Air KBZ has become the third carrier to offer non-stop service between Myanmar’s capital Yangon (RGN) and Chiang Mai (CNX) in Thailand. The 362-kilometre link, which started on 2 December, will be served three times weekly by the airline’s ATR 72s. The route is already flown by Bangkok Airways (daily) and Myanmar National Airlines (twice-weekly). According to OAG schedule data this is the airline’s 19th route and first to fly beyond the borders of Myanmar. However, it does offer other international routes in collaboration with its partner Myanmar Airways International. Air KBZ becomes the ninth carrier (and third from Myanmar) to link destinations in Myanmar and Thailand together. The market leaders are Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways who each have 20% of the market followed by Nok Air (13%) and Myanmar National Airlines (8%). Air KBZ’s new route gives it just 0.7% of seats but 1.6% of flights between the two neighbouring nations.