MIAT Mongolian Airlines - Travel With Mongolian Flare
MIAT Mongolian Airlines is the national carrier in Mongolia. Located in Ulaanbaatar, the airline operates scheduled international flights and chartered domestic flights from its base at Chinggis Khaan International Airport. MIAT has been in existence since 1956. During the communist era, the company was assisted in operations by Aeroflot and started with one flight from Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk. During the 1960s and 1970s, the airline obtained more modern aircraft. In July 2008, MIAT suspended domestic flights but in 2009 resumed domestic flights to Mörön and Khovd using the Boeing 737-800 aircraft. In 2009 the carrier flew charter flights to Hong Kong and the Sanya resort city. Travelers from the US are encouraged to reach Mongolia via Seoul.
In 2011 MIAT Mongolian Airlines purchased new, more modern Boeing aircraft and began regular flights to Hong Kong. Currently, the company shares its operational tasks with Aeroflot, Korean Air and Cathay Pacific. This code sharing agreement means that passengers now have wider access to many more flights and destinations. This improves service delivery for both airlines and means that customers have access to far flung destinations such as Australia and Singapore via Hong Kong. The agreement expands routes for both airlines and creates better tourism and commerce opportunities between the Asia Pacific region and Mongolia. The airline currently operates four Boeing aircraft.
Flying with MIAT Mongolian Airlines
The airline offers Business Class and Economy seats. Economy Class includes meals, drinks and standard comforts. Business Class passengers receive welcome drinks, dine-on-demand service and meals and a variety of alcoholic beverages. Shared screens display films and all passengers receive newspapers and pillows. Passengers can benefit from the Blue Sky Mongolia, MIAT's frequent flyer program. Loyal customers who have attained many flying miles can receive perks and discounts, win holidays rent a car and amoung other benefits. There is no fee to join the Blue Sky Program, anybody can join and accumulate points each time they fly. These points can be used to qualify for discounts, special offers or free flyer miles.
Check-in: It is possible to check-in at the airport or to use the online check-in service. Passengers are encouraged to use the website facility and print their boarding pass or alternatively, they can download it to their smartphone for curther convenience.
- The total weight of Checked baggage cannot exceed 30 kg in either economy and business class.
- Carry-on baggage is limited to one item placed beneath the seat, or in the overhead baggage compartment and should not exceed 5 kg in weight or 115cm in length. The sides must not exceed 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Cameras, glasses and other personal items are permitted.
Free baggage allowance:
Business Class: Total weight of checked baggage up to 30 kg in all international flights.
Economy Class: Checked baggage up to 20 kg in all international flights and up to 10 kg on domestic flights. Baggage exceeding 32 kg in weight or 158 cm in three dimensions per one piece. Baggage exceeding this will be subject to extra charges at the airport.
No additional items or baggage are allowed, except walking sticks or similar items.