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The first aircraft will arrive by April, 2018

AirbusNepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) on Friday signed an agreement with US-based AAR Corp to procure two Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

As per the agreement, NAC will take delivery of the first aircraft by April 2018.

NAC Managing Director Sugat Ranta Kansakar and Deepak Sharma of AAR Corp signed the agreements on behalf of their respective institutions in Kathmandu.

The two aircraft will cost NAC US$ 209.6 million (around Rs 21.9 billion).

NAC and AAR Corp had signed a preliminary MoU for aircraft procurement on January 27. As per the MoU, NAC had sent advance payment of US$ 1 million to AAR Corp on February 15. The board of directors of NAC had approved a proposal to procure two wide-body aircraft on January 15. NAC had already signed an agreement with Employees’ Provident Fund to finance aircraft procurement.

Ten international companies had participated in international bidding to supply two wide-body aircraft to the NAC. AAR Corp had quoted the lowest price.

AAR Corp is delivering the aircraft produced by Airbus for Portuguese aircraft charter company Hi Fly. The US company bought the aircraft before they were delivered after Hi Fly faced financial problems. Both the aircraft are still at the Airbus factory in Tolouse, France.

Both the aircraft have 280 seats with 16 seats designated for business class passengers.
NAC plans operate the aircraft to Dammam of Saudi Arabia, Seoul of South Korea, Tokyo of Japan and Sydney of Australia, among others.

Earlier in June 2013, NAC had signed agreement with Airbus to procure Airbus A320-300 aircraft. The first aircraft landed in Kathmandu on February 8, 2015, while the second aircraft joined NAC’s fleet three months later.


The Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft acquired by Saurya Airlines sits on the tarmac of Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Saurya Airlines had added a new Bombardier CRJ-200 series aircraft to its fleet.

According to the company, the aircraft has been acquired with an investment of Rs 1 billion.

Pilots of Bombardier flew the aircraft from the US to Nepal via Azerbaijan, the company said issuing a statement.

With the expansion in fleet, Saurya Airlines plans to expand its flights to different trunk routes. The airline has been flying to Bhadrapur, Biratnagar and Nepalgunj. Now, it plans to start scheduled flights to Bhairahawa and Dhangadhi as well.

Deepak Kumar Pokharel, the chairman of Saurya Airlines, said that the domestic carrier will add a third aircraft within three months. “Apart from trunk routes, we also have plan to start mountain flights,” he added.

The aircraft is configured to carry 50 passengers.

Goma Air

File photo of LET L-410 aircraft acquired by Goma Air two years ago. Photo: Goma Air

Domestic carrier Goma Air has added two 19-seater aircraft to its fleet.

The two LET L410 UVP-E20s landed in Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Sunday. The twin-engine aircraft has 19 seats. The airline plans to operate the aircraft on different rural routes.

According to Goma Air, LET aircraft is manufactured by Czech company LET Kunovice. The L-410 aircraft was first produced in 1969. The company has so far produced 1,138 L-410s, and around 80 percent of them are in operation in different parts of the world. The L-410 use GE H80-200 engines and AV-725 propellers.

With these additions, the number of aircraft in Goma Air fleet has reached six. Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has given the aircraft 9N-AMG and 9N-AMH call signs.

The airline plans to press the aircraft into service after completing CAAN formalities within a week. The airline says the addition of new aircraft will enable it to operate scheduled flights to Lukla, Phaplu, Suketar, Khanidanda, Bhojpur, Manang, Mustang, Dolpa, Humla, Jumla, Mugu and Bajura.

Goma Air has also been operating Cessna Grand Caravan 208B single-engine aircraft



The Airbus A320-214 aircraft of Himalaya Airlines
(File Photo)

Himalaya Airlines is adding two new destinations – Kuala Lumpur and Yangon – in its flight network from February.

Issuing a statement on Tuesday, the Nepal-China joint venture carrier said it was starting scheduled flights to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from February 10 and Yangon, Myanmar, from February 24. While the airline will be flying five times week to Kuala Lumpur, the Yangon flight will be twice a week, according to the statement.

The airline is currently operating scheduled flights to Doha of Qatar and Colombo of Sri Lanka. It plans to start flights to the new destinations once it gets delivery of second Airbus A320-214 aircraft. The airline is procuring the aircraft on dry lease, according to the statement.

Himalaya Airlines has appointed Carnival Travel and My Golden Lion Aviation has its general sales agent (GSA) in Kuala Lumpur and Yangon, respectively.

Meanwhile, the airline has fixed introductory roundtrip airfare of Rs 25, 375 for Kuala Lumpur and Rs 29,600 for Yangon. The airfare is exclusive of applicable taxes, according to the airline.

“We are eager to launch our second new Airbus 320-214.  This new airbus will strengthen Nepal’s international aviation network,” Vice President of Himalaya Airlines Vijaya Shrestha said in the statement. “These new destinations will not only address the growing demands of passengers but help boost friendly ties between Nepal and the other two countries.”

Yeti Airlines

Photo Courtesy: fortkay.com

Domestic airline companies are reducing airfare from Wednesday.

Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN), the umbrella association of airline companies operating in Nepal, decided to decrease airfare on Sunday, after Nepali Oil Corporation (NOC) reduced the price of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF).

NOC has reduced the price of ATF by Rs 5 per liter, making it Rs 94 per liter.
With the fresh reduction in fuel surcharge, airfare to Simara and Dhangadhi has come down by Rs 53 and Rs 113, respectively, to Rs 2,597 and Rs 10,412. The rates are inclusive of applicable taxes.

Similarly, airfare of mountain flight has come down to Rs 8,825, while fare to Pokhara and Bhairahawa and Bharatpur has come down to Rs 4,146, Rs 5,199 and Rs 3,039, respectively. Likewise, flight price to Biratnagar, Bhadrapur, Nepalgunj and Janakpur now cost Rs 5,944, Rs 7,250, Rs 7,811 and Rs 3,520, respectively.

Airfares to Tumlingtar and Lukla have also come down to Rs 4,884 and Rs 3,780.
The government has allowed Airlines to hike or lower fuel surcharge if the price of ATF falls or goes up by a minimum of Rs 4 per liter.


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