Myanmar to auction
According to an official from Ministry of Transport, two 30-year-old
Puma helicopters (see spec. below) that are so rundown they are believed
to be beyond repair will be auctioned off.
In an AFP news “Both aircraft are grounded and unserviceable,” the
airline’s announcement said. They are being sold “As is, where is” in a
hangar at Yangon airport. “If local Myanmar businessmen can afford to
buy it under these rules and regulation, we will accept their bids,” an
airline official said. Myanma Airways flies to about 20 domestic
destinations. Anyone wanting to buy the Eurocopter SA 330J will first
have to pay 3,000 dollars just for the right to place a bid.
Source AFP :
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The SA 330 Puma
The SA 330 Puma was
originally developed by
Sud Aviation to meet a
requirement of the
French Army for a medium-sized
all-weather helicopter. The helicopter also had to be capable of
operating by day and night as well as in a wide variety of climates.
In 1967, the Puma was also selected by the
Royal Air Force (RAF) and given
the designation Puma HC Mk.1. As a result of this decision, the SA 330
was included in a joint production agreement between Aerospatiale and
Westland Helicopters of the UK.
The first of two Puma prototypes flew on
1965. Six pre-production models
were also built, the last of which flew on
The first production SA 330 Puma flew in September 1968. Two years
later, in 1970, Sud Aviation merged with
Nord Aviation and SÉREB to form
Aérospatiale, and the helicopter has been associated with that name ever
since, though it still retained the "SA" (for "Sud Aviation") model
1978 the SA 330J Puma achieved
the distinction of becaming the first helicopter outside the (then)
Soviet Union to be certificated
for all-weather operations, including icy conditions.
Production of the SA 330 Puma by Aérospatiale ceased in 1987, by which
time a total of 697 had been sold. The Puma was then replaced by an
upgraded and improved version, the AS 332
Eurocopter Super Puma.
Portuguese Air Force Puma in
support of a
Space Shuttle Recovery Exercise
at Lajes Field,
SA 330 A: Prototypes,
originally called "Alouette IV".
SA 330 B: Initial
production version for the
French Army Aviation.
SA 330 "Orchidee": SA
330 modified to carry an "Orchidee" surveillance system for the
SA 330 C: Initial
export production version.
SA 330 E: Version
produced by Westland Helicopters for the RAF under the designation
HC Mk 1.
SA 330 F: Initial
civilian export production version with
Turbomeca Turmo IIIC4
SA 330 G: Upgraded
civilian version with Turbomeca Turmo IVC engines and composite main
SA 330 H: Upgraded
French Army and export version with Turbomeca IVC engines and
composite main rotor blades. Designated SA 330B by the French Air
SA 330 J: Upgraded
civil transport version.
SA 330 L: Upgraded
version for so-called "hot and high" conditions.
SA 330 S: Export
version for the Portuguese Air Force.
SA 330 Z: Prototype
with "fenestron" tail rotor.
Versions by other
This is a remanufactured and upgraded SA 330 Puma built for the
South African Air Force.
IPTN NAS 330 J
This is a version that was assembled by IPTN of
Indonesia under the local
designation NAS 330 J and the Aerospatiale designation of SA 330 J.
Eleven units were produced.
This is a licence-built version of the SA 330 Puma manufactured by ICA
Romania. Designated as the SA 330
L by Aerospatiale.
Westland Puma HC1 of the
Aérospatiale Puma is a medium-sized twin-engined transport/utility
helicopter originally manufactured by
France. It is also known under the designation SA 330.
Specifications (SA 330 Puma)
aircraft article is missing some of its
Length: 18.15 m (59
ft 6 in)
Rotor diameter: 15.0
m (49 ft 3 in)
Height: 5.14 m (16 ft
Disc area: 176.71 m²
Empty weight: 3,770
kg (8,310 lb)
Max takeoff weight:
7,400 kg (16,300 lb)
Turboméca Turmo IVC
turboshafts, 1,175 kW (1,575 hp) each
7.62 mm (0.30 in)
20 mm (0.787 in)
explanation of the units and abbreviations in this list, please see
Wikipedia:WikiProject Aircraft/Units key.
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section contains information about a planned Air Myanmar airline. It
may contain information of a speculative nature and the content may
change dramatically as development continues, the launch date
approaches, and as more information becomes available.
is a start-up
airline based in
Myanmar. It plans to dry-lease an
Airbus A310 for long-haul services and
wet lease a
Boeing 737 for shorter routes.
airline was established in
2004 and is owned by
Myanma Airways (51%), Cathay Aviation, Dawn Light and Fast Growth
Myanmar is a start-up
airline based in
Myanmar. It plans to dry-lease an Boeing 747.
said it acquired its first Boeing 747 and it will arrive in Myanmar -
Burma on 28th October 2003. It will commence flying scheduled
destination on 1st December 2003. UMA was jointly opened on 11 July,
2003 by Sunshine Strategic Investment Holding(H.K) Co., Ltd and Myanmar
Airways. The Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between Myanmar
Airways and the company. The opening ceremony of UMA office was held on
9th September 2003 at Summit Parkview Hotel.