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Mystical Mandalay on Myanmar National Airlines (Y) and SilkAir (J)

Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:20 pm

The final destination in my list of December travels is a less visited destination by Singaporeans, Mandalay in Myanmar. Surprisingly, even during the peak travel season, flights availability were still wide open. Looking through the schedules, I settled on Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) Economy Class up to Mandalay, and SilkAir Business Class back.

Myanmar National Airlines is definitely not a commonly flown and reviewed airline. Some background on the airline from Wiki:

Myanmar National Airlines, formerly Union of Burma Airways, Burma Airways, and Myanma Airways, is a state-owned airline and the flag carrier of Myanmar, based in Yangon. It operates scheduled services to all major domestic destinations and to regional destinations in Asia. Its main base is Yangon International Airport. Founded in 1948.

The airline was founded by the government after independence on 15 September 1948, as the Union of Burma Airways (UBA). It initially operated domestic services only, and international services were added in 1950. The name was changed to Burma Airways in December 1972, and to Myanma Airways on 1 April 1989 following the renaming of the country from Burma to Myanmar. International services of Myanma Airways have been made as joint venture airline, Myanmar Airways International (MAI). Myanmar National Airlines is the majority shareholder of Joint Venture Company MAI, set up in 1993.[3] In 2003, it was proposed to set up a Myanmar-based airline for chartered international passenger and cargo flights, which was planned to be called Air Myanmar. What would have been a joint-venture between Myanma Airways and private investors was abandoned in 2005. Myanmar National Airlines provides ground-handling services for Other airline's charter,schedule and non schedule flight.

In mid-2012, Myanma Airways ordered to lease two new Embraer 190AR from GE Civil Aviation Services Co.Ltd, that replaced its Fokker F-28 from November 2012. On February 11, 2014, at the Singapore Airshow, Myanma Airways signed a $960 million deal with GECAS for four Boeing 737-800s and six Boeing 737 MAX planes. The deal is the largest commercial sale by a U.S. company to Myanmar in decades and is the largest single aircraft order in the history of Myanmar's aviation industry.

In December 2014, Myanma Airways re-branded itself as Myanmar National Airlines.

Following the arrival of its first Boeing 737-800 in June 2015, Myanmar National Airlines announced the resumption of international services after a 22-year hiatus to Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok. International services resumed with the inaugural flight to Singapore on 19 August 2015. Myanmar National Airlines then launched its second international service to Hong Kong on 4 December 2015 following the arrival of its second Boeing 737-800. Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) sets to begin its flights between Yangon and Bangkok starting from February 20, 2016 marking Thailand as its third international destination.



Singapore is MNA's first international destination after the rebranding and it now offers twice daily flights from Singapore to Yangon. Twice a week, the flight continues up to Mandalay on the same flight number, which is the flight I was booked on. The airlines currently operates a fleet of 4 new B737-800 on its international network.

MNA operates out of Terminal 3 at Changi and ground handling was performed by Dnata. Booking of tickets via its website was easy, but online check-in was not available. Hence, all passengers needed to do manual check-in, which was swift. Business Class was also offered, but not available for selection for Mandalay-bound pax. There was also a Premium Economy section onboard, with 6 rows of economy seats offering more seat pitch.

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Boarding pass issued. The flight would be flying to Mandalay via Yangon. According to the check-in staff, Mandalay-bound pax would be seated towards the rear of the aircraft for ground handling purposes in Yangon, and it appeared most of the pax were Yangon-bound.

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After a quick lunch at the T3 food court, we proceeded through immigration. Spot the aircraft right at the end of the terminal.

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Departure gate was at A16. It was rather quiet at this time of the afternoon at T3.

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Due to the location of the gate, it was impossible to get a clean shot of the aircraft.

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28 December 2017
Myanmar National Airlines
UB 2
Singapore (SIN) - Yangon (RGN)
B737-800
XY-ALG
Economy Class
Flight Time: 2H27M



We would be flying on MNA's newest B737-800 in its fleet. Boarding was called and boarding sequence was enforced strictly. Welcomed by the UB female crew dressed in Burmese-styled red tunic.

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First impression of the aircraft cabin was very good, with 8 Business Class seats upfront and the rest of the cabin fitted in with green-coloured Economy seats. Interestingly, both Business and Economy seats are of the exact same model as used on SilkAir's B738s.

Economy seats

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Christmas decorations on the wall.

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Seat pitch is good (better than SilkAir) and recline is decent. There were no pillows available but blankets could be requested from the crew if required.

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Each seat has an adjustable headrest.

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IFE controls in the armrest, which I believed served no purpose. Electrical sockets are available under the seats.

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The inflight magazine, duty-free guide, safety card and airsick bag.

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Boarding in progress.

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View out the window.

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Boarding almost completed. Flight was about 70% full on the sector up to Yangon. Pilot announced a 2.5hr flight to Yangon.

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After boarding was completed, refreshing towels and arrival immigration cards were distributed.

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Pushed back with the safety video played, first in Burmese followed by English.

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Taxiing to the runway and passing the new Terminal 4.

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Took off from Rwy02C.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBXwtGXARdk

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MNA offers wifi-streaming IFE to laptop/mobile devices for its economy class passengers. Business Class seats are fitted with in-seat IFE monitors. The IFE app would need to be downloaded prior to the flight departure and would not be available for download onboard. Downloaded the app to the IFE system.

IFE menu

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Offering a grand total of 4 movies....

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A selection of music albums across different genres.

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And the flight map, which was the only working selection as both movies and music crashed when trying to be loaded on my and my friend's mobile devices. MNA definitely needed to do something about its IFE system.

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First, a round of beverages was offered from the bar cart. The full bar selection, including beers, wines, rum and soft drinks were available. The flight map was played on the dropdown monitors.

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I saw that Mandalay rum was offered on the bar cart and ordered a Mandalay rum with Coke. Why not, since I am flying to Mandalay!

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This was followed by the meal service. Crew were generally friendly and professional in conducting the inflight service, though smiles seemed forced on a few.

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We were offered a choice of Chicken with noodles or Fish with rice. We chose a selection each. The meal tray came with a cold roll, butter and dessert cake. Cutlery was plastic. It seemed that only the main courses were uplifted from SIN and that the rest of the meal tray contents were from Yangon.

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Soya sauce chicken with ee-fu noodles. The portion was big and taste was good as well.

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Indian-styled spicy fish with rice and curried vegetables. This choice was delicious too!

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Interesting butter packaging.

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The chocolate cream cake was ok.

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Ending with a cup of tea. Note the interesting salt and pepper sachets.

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At 38000 feet.

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Visit to the lavatory, which only had the necessary amenities. Also, this aircraft had the newer-styled lavatories, which seemed smaller than the rest.

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Cabin view.

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With no other entertainment available, I took bouts of naps till we started the descend into Yangon.

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Slowing down during descend.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v6O-mxaKOw


Blue hues switched on for landing.

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Interestingly, crew were only requested by the pilot to prepare cabin for landing at 10,000ft, and to be seated only when gears were lowered a couple of minutes before touch down.

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Landed at Yangon International Airport Rwy21 slightly ahead of schedule.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqVClWsG2Ks

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Exited the runway but required to hold as another aircraft taxied past.

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Only a very short taxi to the terminal.

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Yangon-bound passengers disembarked. Passengers heading to Mandalay were required to remain onboard while the crew did a headcount and cabin was cleaned. As told at check-in, all Mandalay-bound passengers were assigned seats towards the rear and the forward cabin was emptied as the Yangon pax disembarked. There would be a change of crew and domestic passengers joining.

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This first flight on Myanmar National Airlines was better than expectations. Being a very small international carrier, it is expected that the offered frills, such as IFE, would not match up with the big players. However, with the comfortable seats, good catering and friendly service, MNA certainly offers a reasonable full-service experience.
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Re: Mystical Mandalay on Myanmar National Airlines (Y) and SilkAir (J)

Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:54 pm

Thanks for sharing an airline that I didn't know about!

By looking at the photos, it really reminds me of Vistara, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines operated solely within domestic India. The logo, boarding pass, seats, food tray, and style of watching entertainment videos through mobile app all resemble them! I wonder if SQ is involved in their branding too.
 
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Re: Mystical Mandalay on Myanmar National Airlines (Y) and SilkAir (J)

Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:25 pm

Did you like Myanma? Is it worth visiting? Thanks. There were quite a few domestic crashes a few years ago.
 
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Re: Mystical Mandalay on Myanmar National Airlines (Y) and SilkAir (J)

Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:07 am

Myanmar despite its political situation looks good to travel to. Didn't know they had that good of service on this carrier
 
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Re: Mystical Mandalay on Myanmar National Airlines (Y) and SilkAir (J)

Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:13 am

Nice, great to read from such "exotic" airlines - btw. did you know, that it was strictly forbidden for German Diplomats to fly on Myanma Airways due to safety concerns?

Btw. where did you do the immigration process, as Yangon-Mandalay is a domestic flight, isn't it? Don't you have to clear customs at the first airport of entry into Myanmar?!
 
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Re: Mystical Mandalay on Myanmar National Airlines (Y) and SilkAir (J)

Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:58 pm

28 December 2017
Myanmar National Airlines
UB 2
Yangon (RGN) - Mandalay (MDL)
B737-800
XY-ALG
Economy Class
Flight Time: 51M



Aircraft being refuelled during the transit stop.

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While the front cabin was being cleaned, the kind crew members offered as Mandalay-bound pax at the rear cups of water.

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Interestingly, while initially we were attached to the aerobridge, we were disconnected and pushed back slightly, all the time while the aircraft was being cleaned and aircraft doors opened. Apparently it was to allow the boarding of Yangon-originating passengers who would be bussed from the domestic terminal and board via stairs.

MH arriving from KUL.

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Domestic passengers started boarding. The flight ended up nearly full on the short domestic sector. Quite a lucrative route for the airline, considering the airfare between RGN-MDL is almost similar to SIN-MDL.

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As per previous sector, refreshing towels were distributed after boarding was completed. The crew pictured was, I must say, very dedicated, caring and kind, with sincere smiles to all. During boarding, she was observed patiently assisting two seperate elderly passengers to their seats towards the rear of the aircraft, and ensuring that they were comfortably seated. Seldom do we find such genuine service, care and concern shown by cabin crew onboard.

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Pushed back slightly behind schedule due to the long boarding process of the domestic passengers.

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Burmese safety video with chinese subtitles was played.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MALLveGSp5o

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This was followed by the English version as we started our taxi.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0_lAIxO08E

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Lining up on the runway.

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Departure from Yangon Rwy21 for the short flight to Mandalay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqCFBsTW60o

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Climbing out of Yangon.

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Above the dense cloud cover, which remained so for most of the flight till we were approaching Mandalay.

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Flight map on the streaming IFE. We were at 32000ft.

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Refreshment service immediately started and the crew rushed down the aisle to distribute snack boxes.

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Each passenger was given a snack box containing pastry items and a cup for hot beverages. The cake provided was delicious! For some reason, the snack boxes were all labeled "Premium Economy".

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Cruising

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After the snack boxes were distributed, crew came down the aisle with the drink carts, offering a range of soft drinks, water and coffee/tea. I had a tea. Service by this set of rather junior crew was efficient and very friendly as compared to the previous sector.

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Clouds cleared when we were nearing Mandalay.

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Descending into Mandalay.

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Spot the runway while we were turning for finals.

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Landing in Mandalay Intl Airport Rwy17 and taxied to the gate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbiJBCmGFp4

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Disembarking.

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It was a very pleasant short flight on Myanmar National Airlines on the RGN-MDL sector with very pleasant service and good inflight offerings. I woud have to qualms flying with MNA again if I have the chance in the future.


View of the aircraft after disembarking. A China Eastern B738 was spotted departing for Kunming.

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Both SIN and RGN originated passengers disembarked into the same terminal area. At immigration, there were signages for SIN-originated pax to proceed to the immigration counters while RGN domestic pax can exit through a separate hallway (not sure if boarding passes/documents were checked). However both domestic and international flights uses the same baggage belts.

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The arrival hall.

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Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:05 pm

Mandalay City is almost 40km away from the airport and it was almost an hour's airport taxi ride into the city. Our accomodation was at Home Hotel, a rather popular 3-stars hotel in the city. Rooms were large and tastefully furnished.

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After checking in, we headed to a popular local dinner place, Shan Ma Ma Restaurant, for our first dinner. This eatery is popular with both locals and foreigners, and offers Burmese Shan cuisine. For the amount of food that we ordered, the price came up to be very affordable!

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Called it a night as there is barely any night life in Mandalay. The next day, it was an early start to join a day-tour. Breakfast was included in the hotel rate. The choices, though limited, was sufficient to start the day. The item I liked most was the traditional Burmese breakfast dish, Mohinga, which is a slightly spicy and flavourful soup noodles.

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Morning city view from room.

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First stop of the day is Mahamuni Buddha Temple
Maha Myat Muni Paya is Myanmar's second holiest pilgrimage site. It is a 4-metre high Buddha statue, made of gold and decorated with precious jewels. The image was brought from Rakhine State, southeast of Mandalay. Only men are allowed to approach the Mahamuni. For 1600kyat, you can get a small pack of gold leaves to partake in the ceremonial tradition of decorating the buddha statue. Over the past century a layer of gold over 6" deep has been pressed into the body of Mahamuni. (wiki)

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Next stop is U-Bein bridge, the world's longest teak bridge.

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Followed by an alms receiving ceremony at a monastary.

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We passed by a grand procession, which is a ceremony to inaugurate young novice monks and nuns. According to the guide, such a grand ceremony is only affordable by the wealthy.

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Visit to a handicraft workshop.

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Having a traditional Burmese meal. Lots of tasty side dishes, and an interesting savoury 'tea salad' as dessert.

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A local temple.

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Gold leaves making

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Mandalay Hill ahead.

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Visit to the Royal Palace.
It was built in 1861 by King Mindon, to fulfil a prophecy. The palace, although destroyed in World War II, was rebuilt, and was renovated recently. In addition, while the design of the reconstruction was fairly faithful to the original, the materials used were not (metal was use instead of the original teak wood). The palace contains several pavilions and chambers. Replicas of throne rooms and chairs and Madame Tussaud style images of Kings Mindon and Thibaw with their chief consorts are on display. (Wiki)

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Shwenandaw Monastery
It is a monastery made entire out of teak wood with beautiful intricate carvings. It was originally part of the royal palace built by King Mindon and moved to its current location by his son, King Thibaw in the late 19th century. It is the only major building from the original wooden royal palace to have survived the bombing during World War II, and thus is the only authentic part of the royal palace which can still be seen today. (Wiki)

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Atumashi Monastery

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Kuthodaw Paya
is site of the world's largest book, located at the foot of Mandalay Hill. Built by King Mingdon in the 1800s, 729 white stupas within the complex contain the complete text of the Tripitaka, Theravada Buddhism's most sacred text. (Wiki)

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Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda
Contains an image of the Buddha carved out of a single block of marble from the Sagyin Hill. The figures of 80 arahats or the disciples of the Buddha, are arranged around the central shrine, 20 on each side. The carving of the image was completed in 1865. (Wiki)

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At the peak of Mandalay Hill for sunset.

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One of the shopping centers in Mandalay, which was sadly, not very busy with many empty shops.

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Dinner at Mogok Daw Shan Noodle. Its Shan noodles is amazing, as well as the very tasty dumplings.

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Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:09 pm

Kuanyin Temple near our hotel.

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Mandalay Clock Tower

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Visit to the bustling Zay Cho Market

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Nuns heading out for alms.

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Local transportation in Mandalay.

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Another monastary,

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Visit to the Jade Market.

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Really delicious and authentic local Myanmar cuisine at Aye Myit Tar!

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Western food at Central Park restaurant. Really good too!

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On the final day, we visited the World's first and only Jade Pagoda while on the way to the airport. The whole pagoda was built out of jade!

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Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:08 pm

The airport was about another 20min drive from the Jade Pagoda, which itself was almost 45min from the city. That is how far the airport is from the city. A security check was required before entering the check-in hall.

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Boarding pass issued with invite to a cafe for JCL pax. There is no colour differentiation for Business and Economy Class passengers on MI's boarding passes. Due to some customs issues on some export tax receipts (Notice: Get an export certificate from the shop for all stones/jade purchases, no matter how cheap they are, even for USD$5, or risk customs not allowing you to bring them out of Myanmer. There was no notice on this in souvenir shops or online for that matter...)

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FIDS. International flights are displayed in yellow.

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Departure hall was rather basic with a few shops.

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Our A320 operating the flight to Yangon and Singapore. The flight operates a triangular routing of SIN-MDL-RGN-SIN on a single flight number.

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31 December 2017
SilkAir
MI 522
Mandalay (MDL) - Yangon (RGN)
A320
9V-SLQ
Business Class
Flight Time: 50M



Boarding has already commenced and we were one of the last few to board.

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My seat at the last row of the 12-seater Business Class cabin. A pillow and thick blanket were already placed on the seat. The seat is a standard recliner with adjustable headrest, mechanical recline, leg and foot rests.

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Welcome drinks of water or juices were offered. I had an apple juice. Newspapers and magazines were also offered.

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A quick visit to the lavatory before departure. The Business Class lavatory was stocked with basic amenities such as toothbrushes, mouth wash and hand lotion.

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Pillow and blanket.

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Inflight magazines SilkWinds, KrisShop and SilkAir Studio. Starting Jan'18, SilkAir Studio has got its own IFE guide.

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Doors closed and safety video played. Flight time was approximately 50min.

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Pushback.

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It was only a short taxi to the runway where we departed from the intersection of the more than 4km Rwy17.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwLrK6IFYLs

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In Business Class, i-Pads and earphones (similar to SQ economy ones) were provided allow access to SilkAir Studio. Decided to watch Kingsman.

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On this short sector, only beverages would be served in both Business and Economy (pre-packed orange juice were distributed in economy). This is in contrast to Myanmar National Airlines where a snack box and beverage run was provided, even in economy. Guess this was due to no catering uplift in Myanmar for the entire 3 sectors of the flight. Our beverage order was taken before departure and promptly served after takeoff.

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In Business Class, snacks were available upon request. Crew informed that the snack choices were potato chips, pretzels or nuts. We requested for both chips and pretzels. Service by the crew in Business Class, though not as polished as SQ, was still very friendly, attentive and warm in a casual sort of way.

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Cruising above Myanmar. Not sure of our cruising altitude or position as no flight info is available on MI's IFE system.

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Hot towels were distributed as we started our descend into Yangon.

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Descent.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ4HHrxqdWE


Landing on Rwy21 slightly ahead of schedule. "Mingalabar, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to Yangon...."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E370PUGjbmc

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Taxied and parked at the gate. Transit passengers heading to Singapore are required to disembark with all hand luggage and collect a transit card from the ground staff. With our early arrival, we would have almost an hour's transit stop in Yangon.

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Disembarking. A couple of unoccupied seats on this sector.

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Will be back on this aircraft in less than an hour's time.

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Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:58 pm

And now for my final flight of 2017, the continuing RGN-SIN sector on the MDL-RGN-SIN flight.

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After disembarkation, a transit cards and a brief security screening was conducted for transit passengers. Seemed like most of the passengers were in transit (who would want to fly 3hrs up to Mandalay and then 1hr down to Yangon when there are multiple daily flights direct from SIN to RGN, unless you are an AV Geek).

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Into the terminal, which actually felt a bit like Changi as it was developed by the Changi group I think.

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As there was an hour's transit stop, we tried our luck and enquired with the ground staff if we could go to the lounge as we were starving from no proper food served on the last sector. Ground staff told us to try and guided us towards the direction of the lounge, and reminded that boarding would commence in 30min. We headed to the Mingalar Sky Lounge, which seemed to be used by all airlines, and the staff welcomed us in after taking photocopies of our boarding passes and transit cards.

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The lounge was spacious and nicely designed. It was also not crowded then.

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View from the lounge.

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There is a decent buffet spread, with a range of hot/cold food and finger food available.

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Soon, boarding announcement was made in the lounge for the flight. Boarding has commenced earlier than scheduled. Made our way back to the gate, which was just down the escalator from the lounge.

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31 December 2017
SilkAir
MI 522
Yangon (RGN) - Singapore (SIN)
A320
9V-SLQ
Business Class
Flight Time: 2H55M



Re-boarding the aircraft and welcomed back by the same set of crew. It was definitely a long working day for them, operating 3 sectors.

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Back to the same seat and welcome beverages and hot towels were offered. Again, I stuck to apple juice. Business Class was very full on this sector and I spotted only an empty seat.

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View out the window.

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There was a bit of wait for the last few passengers and after all boarded, safety video was played and doors closed.

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Taxied to the runway

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Departure from Rwy21 bound for Singapore.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNlMeqb3pWk

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Leaving the coast of Myanmar.

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Earphones and i-Pads were handed out again for the inflight entertainment.

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Seat in almost full recline.

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Seat controls.

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The lavatory stocked with some amenities.

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The crew then came round to take our meal orders. On SilkAir Business Class, no menus were distributed. Instead, the crew will present the meal and drinks menu in a holder individually to each pax to view prior to taking the order. Downside, you don't get to keep the menu.

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After meal and beverage orders were taken, our tray tables were set up with a linen in preparation for the meal service. Silent entertainment were also played on the overhead monitors.

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The meal tray was hand-delivered from the galley, with the starter and dessert on it.

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A single selection of red and white wines each was also offered.

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A selection of warm breads were offered from the breadbasket, where I chose garlic bread and a soft roll.

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The starter of Potato Salad was rather simple.

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I also requested to try the champagne, which was promptly delivered. The champagne, Collet Brut NV, was shown and poured directly at my seat. It tasted decent, though I am not a champagne connoisseur to judge.

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There were only 2 choices for the main course, Pasta with tuna or Malay-style cchicken with tumeric rice. We tried both dishes. Unlike SQ on the same route where main courses were served in pre-plated dishes, SilkAir had the main courses plated before serving.

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The pasta tasted fine, with the penne still al-dente, but lacking a bit in the protein department with canned tuna used.

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However, the Malay-style chicken with rice was delicious, with spicy and flavourful chicken accompanied with tasty tumeric rice.

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Also tried the SilkAir Signature cocktail - Joy. It was a concoction of juices and red wine, and was rather refreshing.

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Dessert was only a Pandan chiffon cake, which in my opinion, was rather 'cheap' as a Business Class meal dessert.

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Cruising.

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After the meal tray was cleared, the crew came round to offer pralines!

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My friend ordered a Virgin Mary, which wa beautifully presented.

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Continued with Kingsman, and had a sinfully wonderful hot chocolate to enjoy the movie with.

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The sun is setting.

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Another view of the messy seat in full recline.

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A peek into Economy, which seemed pretty full.

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Before our arrival, the crew came around and asked if we would like any more snacks or drinks. We ordered a plate of Snyder pretzels to share, and I had a glass of water as well.

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Approaching Singapore and landing on Rwy02R.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNVg-2zCYbQ


Parked at Terminal 2 and disembarked. Last view of the seat.

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Baggage delivery took some time even though we had priority tags. It seemed that the Yangon-originated baggage were delivered first (bot priority and non-priority) before the first Mandalay-originated bags appeared.

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SilkAir has provided a pleasant short-haul experience. Even though it may not have all the bells and whistles of its elder sister SQ, the service was excellent and I dare say may be better than some of my SQ Business Class experiences as I actually prefered the more casual style of the SilkAir service.

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Re: Mystical Mandalay on Myanmar National Airlines (Y) and SilkAir (J)

Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:13 am

Although my exposure to SilkAir is limited - and in coach only - I was never that impressed with either their service or (certainly not) value for money. However, glad to know that you had a better experience with them. Thanks also for sharing your trips in great detail, including landmarks visited and all the great food you seem to come across!
 
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Re: Mystical Mandalay on Myanmar National Airlines (Y) and SilkAir (J)

Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:00 am

Nice report!
Burmese quesadillas...who knew ;-)
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Re: Mystical Mandalay on Myanmar National Airlines (Y) and SilkAir (J)

Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:20 pm

An absolutely amazing trip report, what a superb photo essay!
Unfortunately there isn't much that I know about Myanmar, but boy have I seen a lot of it right here!
The product on Myanmar Air looks decent - although the IFE would definitely use some work. Food looks amazing - no, I haven't seen butter packed so meticulously!

Great detail to your report, looking forward to more! :)

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