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Travelers can book Taipei-Yangon flights now

TAIPEI, Taiwan — EVA Air will initiate direct passenger flights between Taipei, Taiwan and Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, on Oct. 9, 2012.

The airline will start with three flights a week, giving business and leisure passengers a comfortable, convenient choice for travel to and from Myanmar.

The new service will also make it easier for people from Myanmar (Burmese) who now live and work in Taiwan to fly back to see their families.

Travelers can book, buy and reserve seats now through travel agents, brokers and EVA’s website,

EVA flight BR287 will depart Taoyuan International airport at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and arrive at Yangon International Airport at 10:35 a.m.

Return flight BR288 will leave Yangon at 11:35 a.m. and land in Taoyuan at 17:30 (5:30 p.m.) on the same day.

Flight time between Taipei and Yangon is four hours and 20 minutes.

In step with Myanmar’s April 2012 elections, its politics and economy are becoming more stable.

The European Union and United States have lifted economic sanctions.

And interest in investment and tourism opportunities in the country formerly known as Burma is growing worldwide.

Yangon, also recognized as Rangoon, is poised to become the center for Myanmar’s economic and trade development.

EVA is designing its new Taipei-Yangon route to meet market demand from increasing numbers of business and leisure travelers.

Airline officials anticipate that 30 percent or more of its seats will be filled by passengers from North America, connecting through Taiwan to the Myanmar flight.

The airline also expects strong demand from Taiwanese business travelers and people from Myanmar who live in Taiwan.

EVA is especially optimistic about Myanmar tourism growth.

The country is sometimes described as the golden land because of the prevalence of gold-covered pagodas and monasteries throughout the country.

The city of Yangon stands out for its blend of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences, and its remaining examples of 19th century colonial architecture.

Its gemstones, especially its rubies, are sought after worldwide.

And its people, 90 percent of whom are Buddhists, are very friendly.

EVA is working with travel agents to create tour packages for independent travelers and groups alike that will include a variety of cultural experiences, from ancient monuments to local cuisines.

The tours will be journeys of discovery for travelers as they explore ancient cities, fishing villages and unexpected landscapes.

To start, EVA will fly its new Taipei-Yangon route with a McDonnell Douglas MD-90 aircraft configured with 12 business-class and 140 economy seats.

During the second quarter of 2013, the carrier plans to introduce a brand-new Airbus 321 with capacity for 184 passengers.

The airline will adjust its aircraft and frequency as the market demands.

EVA’s routing within Asia is among the best in the airline industry.

With one stop in Taipei, passengers can easily and conveniently connect onward to most major business and leisure destinations in Asia.

The Taiwan-based airline serves long- and medium-haul passengers from North America and Europe with Boeing 777-300ers and 747-400s, and Airbus 330-200s.

Travelers can book, buy and reserve seats through travel agents, by calling an EVA ticket office or at

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