China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) has formally handed over one of the two Modern Ark (MA) 60 aircraft to the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC).
AVIC Vice President Subo handed over the 56-seater turboprop aircraft to NAC Managing Director Madan Kharel amid a fucntion held at Xi’an, according to Nepal.
NAC will get altogether six aircraft – two MA 60s and five Harbin Y12e aircraft – from China. Of them China is providing an MA60 and Harbin Y12e on grant.
According to NAC officials, the MA60 aircraft will arrive in Kathmandu on April 26.
The MA60 aircraft is made by China’s Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation – a subsidiary of AVIC International Holding Corporation.
NAC plans to use MA60s on trunk routes — Biratnagar, Pokhara, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj and Bhadrapur. Similarly, the Y12e aircraft will be operated on remote sectors. The national flag carrier is currently operating two Being 757s and one Twin Otter.
NAC has also ordered two Airbus A320-200 for international routes.