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Myanmar to auction grounded choppers

7/7/2007 YANGON: 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.

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Aérospatiale Puma
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The SA 330 Puma

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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
15 April 1965. Six pre-production models were also built, the last of which flew on 30 July 1968.

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 designator. On 25 April 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.


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Portuguese Air Force Puma in support of a Space Shuttle Recovery Exercise at Lajes Field, Azores

Aérospatiale versions

  • 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 French Army.

  • 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 turboshaft engines.

  • SA 330 G: Upgraded civilian version with Turbomeca Turmo IVC engines and composite main rotor blades.

  • 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 Force.

  • 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 manufacturers

Atlas Aircraft Corporation Oryx
This is a remanufactured and upgraded SA 330 Puma built for the
South African Air Force.

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.

 IAR 330
This is a licence-built version of the SA 330 Puma manufactured by ICA of
Romania. Designated as the SA 330 L by Aerospatiale.

Westland Puma HC1 of the RAF


Utility helicopter


Sud Aviation (later Aérospatiale)
Westland Aircraft

Maiden flight




Primary users

Royal Air Force



Number built



Eurocopter Super Puma
Atlas Oryx
IAR 330

The Aérospatiale Puma is a medium-sized twin-engined transport/utility helicopter originally manufactured by Aérospatiale of France. It is also known under the designation SA 330.

Specifications (SA 330 Puma)

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This aircraft article is missing some of its specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3

  • Capacity: 16 passengers

  • Length: 18.15 m (59 ft 6 in)

  • Rotor diameter: 15.0 m (49 ft 3 in)

  • Height: 5.14 m (16 ft 10 in)

  • Disc area: 176.71 m² (1,905 ft²)

  • Empty weight: 3,770 kg (8,310 lb)

  • Max takeoff weight: 7,400 kg (16,300 lb)

  • Powerplant: Turboméca Turmo IVC turboshafts, 1,175 kW (1,575 hp) each



• Guns:
Coaxial 7.62 mm (0.30 in) machine guns
Side-firing 20 mm (0.787 in) cannon

• Various others

For an explanation of the units and abbreviations in this list, please see Wikipedia:WikiProject Aircraft/Units key.


Air Myanmar

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article or 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.

Air Myanmar is a start-up airline based in Yangon, Myanmar. It plans to dry-lease an Airbus A310 for long-haul services and wet lease a Boeing 737 for shorter routes[1].


The airline was established in 2004 and is owned by Myanma Airways (51%), Cathay Aviation, Dawn Light and Fast Growth Associates


United Myanmar Airline

United Myanmar is a start-up airline based in Yangon, Myanmar. It plans to dry-lease an Boeing 747.

(UMA) 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.


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