Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has added a new aircraft in its fleet after a hiatus of 28 years.
The 58-seater Modern Ark 60 aircraft of the national flag carrier landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Sunday afternoon.
The aircraft was given water-cannon salute at the airport amid performance by the traditional Panche Baja troop. Government officials, officials of NAC and media persons, among others were present at the airport to welcome the aircraft.
The plane was flown to Nepal directly from Kunming by American pilots.
Madan Kharel, general manager of NAC, said the aircraft would begin scheduled flights from April 30 before conducting a test flight from Bhairahawa airport.
NAC plans to operate the aircraft on trunk routes.
The national flag carrier is scheduled to receive one more MA60 and four Harbin Y12e aircraft from China within this year. It has also placed orders for two Airbus A320-200 for international operation.