Golden Myanmar Airlines ATR-72 economy class flight review HEH-NYU Y5 201

Elite status: none

Aircraft type:

ATR-72-600

Seat: 12D

Padding: 

Padding on the seat was worn but adequate for the short flight. The interior did show its age. Everything did function as it should. 

Recline:

Seats did not recline at all. 

Pitch:

Pitch was a little tight but still had 2 inches from my knee to the seat in front. There was a total of 26 inches between the seatback and seat in front of me. The seat width was 16.5 inches between armrests. 

HEH-NYU

February 11, 2019

Distance: 124 miles

Schedule:

Depart: 4:55PM

Arrive: 5:35PM

Scheduled: 0h 40m

Push back: 5:18PM (23 minutes late)

Touch down: 6:01PM (26 minutes late)

Arrived at gate 2m later

Actual duration: 0h 45m

Cost:

Paid with: cash

Prices at time of booking:

Miles: n/a

Cash: $75

Payment method reasoning: I don’t chase airline status. Domestic Myanmar flights can only be booked with cash and cash equivalents. They are not part of any alliance. 

Boarding: 

The arriving aircraft was late so we boarded 15 minutes late. We boarded from the ground which seems to be the norm in Myanmar. 

Boarding went quickly with no assigned seats. Flight attendants were quick to help passengers stow bags and locate empty seats. We were also given a refreshing towel as we boarded. 

The flight was mostly full. 

Service: 

Due to the short flight the flight attendants quickly handed out snack boxes to every passenger. It was included in the ticket price. 

They appeared to all be the same with a pastry and water cup inside. They gave every passenger one in under 5 minutes!

About 10 minutes later the flight attendants started to collect the trash and prepare for landing. Very efficient!

IFE and power:

None offered on this flight. 

WiFi:

None offered on this flight. 

Food: 

The snack box contained a pastry that looked like bread but tasted more like a donut. It had some chocolate on the outside along with chocolate chips. 

Drinks: 

A small cup of water came with the snack box. No other options were offered. 

Best seats:

Almost all the seats are the same. 

The exit row has a little more room. 

Any seat would be good on this short 40 minute flight. 

Pros:

Far faster and more comfortable than other transport options for the route. Even booking 1 day ahead the prices are the same. Service is good and fast. 

Cons: 

Very limited schedule with only afternoon flights. Very limited route network. Checked baggage allowance is 20kg which isn’t much considering you have to check most bags on the small aircraft. Seats did not recline at all which would be uncomfortable for a longer flight. 

Would I fly again?

Yes! This is by far the best way to get around Myanmar as local trains and buses can be old, rough, and quite long slow journeys. Prices are very reasonable even last minute.