MAI - Myanmar Airways International (8M, Yangon) has taken delivery of its first ATR72-600. The aircraft ferried to Myanmar from Kuala Lumpur Subang on March 24 and will be entered into the local register as XY-AMU (msn 1039), after which it will help facilitate the airline's domestic expansion strategy.

"This addition aligns with MAI's strategic network growth and service excellence, enabling MAI and its sister airline Mingalar (K7, Yangon) to enhance frequencies and drive growth within Myanmar and the region, offering more affordable travel options," a post on the carrier's social media channels said.

ch-aviation fleets data shows the 11.62-year-old turboprop formerly operated for Virgin Australia (VA, Brisbane International) as VH-FVN. That airline discontinued its use of the type in early 2020 and the aircraft had remained in storage ever since.

Aside from the ATR - Avions de Transport Régional turboprop, Myanmar Airlines International operates a fleet of four A319-100s, five (including two wet-leased) A320-200s, two E190s, and one wet-leased B737-300(F). It flies to 26 airports in 11 countries. The carrier is making a significant effort to increase its regional footprint, with scheduled services to Chiang Mai starting on April 3, Vientiane on May 4, Dhaka on May 8, and Doha Hamad International on June 1.