MA-60 begins commercial flight


File photo of NAC’s MA60 aircraft on the tarmac of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

The MA-60 aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) started commercial flights from Wednesday.

The China-made aircraft flew to Biratnagar with 29 passengers and nine crew members on board at 9 am on Wednesday. It took the aircraft 40 minutes to reach Biratnagar.

The aircraft was flown by pilots sent by the manufacturing company.

According to NAC officials, the aircraft will operate only one flight on Wednesday. It will operate scheduled flight from Thursday onwards.

NAC plans to operate the aircraft on trunk routes like Biratnagar, Bhairahawa, Bhadrapur and Dhangadhi. The aircraft will operate 15 flights per week.

NAC has fixed promotional fare for Bhadrapur at Rs 4,130, Bhairahawa at Rs 3,145, Biratnagar at Rs 3,505 and Dhangadhi at Rs 5,740.

Earlier, NAC had failed to operate the airline on time after the aircraft manufacturer failed to complete de-registration of aircraft in China. According to international civil aviation rules, an aircraft cannot be registered in two countries.

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) registered the aircraft in Nepal only after the Chinese manufacturer forwarded aircraft de-registration documents to it.

NAC is set to receive one more MA-60 and four Harbin Y12e aircraft from China in the next few months.

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