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Flight from Mandalay, via Heho, to Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) with Air Bagan

By on March 27, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma

I took a “puddle jumper” (no idea where I got that expression?) from Mandalay to Yangon (Rangoon). The plane was an ATR 72-500, which is a small turbo-propped plane that carries around 68 passengers and 4 crew. Personally, I like these types of planes as you feel like you are flying. You never get above 18,000 ft and you can often see the ground flit by and so can get a feel for the country you are flying over. The big ‘jumbos’ of the world can be boring and impersonal, but on a ‘puddle jumper’, you feel part of it.

Air Bagan Plane

Air Bagan Plane

Air Bagan operates the flight like a bus service. I have no idea where my flight started (there were already passengers on the plane when I boarded), we landed at Heho to drop-off and pick-up passengers, and then flew on to Yangon.

The first part of the flight was about 20 -25 minutes, followed by 15 minutes on the ground, and then a 70-minute flight to Yangon. This ‘change’ on the ground caused all kinds of problems for my flight checking app (TripIt) as it assumed I had to get off a plane, move to another gate and board a new plane, whereas what really happened was we just sat on the plane whilst one group of passengers got off, and a new group got on.

And again, Air Bagan managed to serve drinks and a pretty tasty snack on the 70-minute leg of the journey.

A snack on Air Bagan

A snack on Air Bagan

Yep, I have enjoyed flying Air Bagan. Thanks.

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