Myanmar Airways International


Date - 26-02-2020 11:58 AM

MAI-Air KBZ becomes the Official Myanmar Airline Partner of ONE Championship TM

Aung La Nsang & the Myanmar Athletes to headline the collaboration

YANGON, 19 February 2020:

Myanmar Airways International (“MAI”) - Air KBZ announced the partnership with the largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (“ONE”), becoming the “Official ONE Championship™ Airline Partner in Myanmar” and “Official Airline Partner for the Burmese Athletes”. This exclusive partnership includes athlete endorsement from the current ONE Middleweight & Light Heavyweight Champion, Aung La “The Burmese Python” Nsang and three other Myanmar athletes on ONE roster  - Phoe Thaw, Bozhena Antoniyar and Tial Thang.

This long-term partnership is aimed at leveraging on ONE and its athletes’ popularity across Myanmar and the region, as MAI-Air KBZ continues to expand its fleet & network aggressively in 2020 and focus on enhancing its passenger journey with significant investments in technology and customer service channels. During this partnership, both parties are expected to roll out a diverse range of activities through multiple platforms to reach out to their customer base in Myanmar and beyond.

Tanes Kumar, Commercial Director of MAI-Air KBZ, stated: “As part of our goal of becoming the Myanmar aviation sector champion, we are honored to partner a prestigious regional powerhouse in ONE. We believe both organizations share the same core values across the board as we, MAI-Air KBZ aim to make air travel more accessible and simplified for the common man in Myanmar. We are also privileged to have Aung La Nsang and the Myanmar athletes onboard this initiative, as they are the pride of the nation and icons for millions across the country.”

Hari Vijayarajan, Chief Commercial Officer of ONE Championship™, stated: “With our goal to create superheroes and ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams and inspiration, partnering with MAI-Air KBZ gives us an opportunity to build a more connected world in Southeast Asia. Together with our athletes, we look forward to helping MAI and Air KBZ soar on to greater heights!”

About Myanmar Airways International (“MAI”):

MAI operates from its hub in Yangon and Mandalay, serving 6 routes across Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, China, Taiwan, South Korea and India with a fleet of 3 A319s and 1 A320. Overall, MAI has approximately 10% of international seat capacity to / from Myanmar. As part of MAI’s ambitious growth plan, it plans to double its fleet size by end of 2020, with 2 A320s and 2 Embraer E190s to be delivered in Q2 and Q3 2020 respectively.

About Air KBZ: Air KBZ operates 8 ATR72-600s and serves 18 destinations in Myanmar. Based on current schedules, it operates approximately 180 flights per week. Air KBZ currently has 35% of the domestic market and is targeting a double-digit growth in passenger traffic for 2020, driven by significant domestic network expansion.

About ONE Championship™

ONE Championship™ (ONE) is the largest global sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE is the world's largest martial arts organization, hosting bouts across all styles of martial arts such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Silat, Sanda, Lethwei, Mixed Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, Submission Grappling, and more. ONE hosts the biggest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world's best martial artists and world champions on the largest global media broadcast in Asia. ONE Esports, a subsidiary of ONE Championship™, runs Asia's largest global esports Championship Series with some of the biggest blockbuster game titles in the world. With a focus on both martial arts and esports, ONE Championship™ is currently the largest producer of millennial live sports content in Asia. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship™ broadcasts to over 2.6 billion potential viewers across 140+ countries with some of the largest global free-to-air and digital broadcasters, including Star Sports, Tencent, ABS-CBN, Astro, ClaroSports, Startimes, Fox Sports, Thairath TV, Turner Sports, Skynet, Mediacorp, Great Sports, Mediaset Italia, ProSiebenSat.1, Dubai Sports, and more.