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  1. LarryInNYC
    LarryInNYC at |

    Fun story, great pictures.

  2. NYBanker
    NYBanker at |

    Great post.

    I recall similar seat stickers on Delta BPs back in the late 70s (and perhaps very early 80s).

    I’ve sat in the “party seats” on USAir and Swiss Air’s old regional affiliate Cross Air over the years. If you know the group at the seats…or if the people were “like-minded,” it really was enjoyable.

    It is also extremely rare to see a carrier use “safety” in their marketing tag-line. Certainly amongst OECD-domiciled carriers, I don’t believe any use the word…nor can I think of any other developing nation carrier that uses it. Probably the closest any OECD carrier or manufacturer came was the oblique reference on select A340s “four engines for long haul;” a knock on 777s.

    Was English used at all for the flight announcements?

    1. Pab
      Pab at |

      United still has party seats kn their q200s

  3. Andras
    Andras at |

    Great blog, I wish I was there.

  4. Jason
    Jason at |

    Thanks for sharing – enjoy Bagan. Was there in March 2012 and loved it. At least “back then” (with things changing so quickly in Myanmar, 16 months ago is essentially an eternity), Air Mandalay working with an agent in Bangkok who could sell their 4 flight air-passes with credit card payment.
    Be careful on flight times / actual airlines flown though if anyone ends up doing the airpass – rarely ended up on the actual Air Mandalay flights we booked. Times and airlines changed (we’d be handed off to whoever had the next flight).

  5. Carl
    Carl at |

    Northwest was still doing seat assignments with stickers in the 1980’s, maybe DL as well. At least you cannot have a seat dupe… so long as they only pull stickers from the board for your flight…

  6. P T
    P T at |

    Headed there next March. Excited!

  7. David
    David at |

    Odd. Flew them in late June and it was “open seating”. I guess they ran out of stickers.

  8. ALCO
    ALCO at |

    My Air Mandalay ATR didn’t haz party seats. I feel cheated. Oh well, at least we got. RGN-NYU-MDL-HEH lines

  9. BBMatt
    BBMatt at |

    I’m trying to find the best way to bagan in December, and have been hearing horror stories about the Burmese airlines (safety record/old planes)?

    what was your experience like? I’ve been debating flying that route from RGN-Bagan, and also flying a newer airline/plane to mandalay, then making it to bagan by bus.

    1. Glenn
      Glenn at |

      Most of the airlines fly relatively recent vintage ATR 72’s. I flew several times on Air Bagan in late 2011 when I was there and never felt unsafe. Of course that was before the Fokker 100 crashed at Heho. But that was apparently pilot error. I think Asian Wings probably flies the newest fleet in the country.At least it did when I was there. I know Air KBZ has been adding new planes.

  10. AlohaDaveKennedy
    AlohaDaveKennedy at |

    Brings back fond memories of flying airlines most have never heard of and some with just two or three jets. A nice tourist destination off the beaten path. For the full experience, in addtion to flying, you really need to take a river cruise.

  11. Carl
    Carl at |

    When I refresh this page I get a dialog that says “Element does not exist in DOM!”
    I am using IE9

  12. Chucky Wxxx (@AlexandriaboyVA)
    Chucky Wxxx (@AlexandriaboyVA) at |

    Ahhhh…. stories like these remind me of my days flying Sudan Air from Khartoum to Juba…

  13. Eugene
    Eugene at |

    Took the same flight in February. Loved it. When I got in to RGN initially I walked over to the domestic terminal to pick up my tickets for my next few flights. Turns out it was a holiday and they were closed. I was able to get my tickets next day at their office in town.

    FAs on my flights spoke good English and were friendly.

    At least one of the planes I was on seemed to have come from some Spanish language speaking airline as you can make out some of the wording on the seats under the Burmese writing.

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