Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is preparing to add two wide-body aircraft in its fleet, according to Tuesday’s Nagarik daily.
The national flag carrier is preparing to procure two Airbus 330-200 series aircraft from European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the daily reported. The aircraft has 260 seats. NAC plans to use the aircraft on long-haul routes.
“We are looking for funds to finance the purchase,” NAC’s General Manager Sugat Ratna Kansakar told the daily. “We will open global tender for procurement of the aircraft once we arrange financing.” He also said aircraft manufacturer, leasing company and other airlines can participate in the bidding process.
Kansakar also said he was hopeful of adding the aircraft in the fleet of national flag carrier within a year.
The two aircraft is estimated to cost Rs 25 billion.
NAC is mulling over taking loans from Employees’ Provident Fund and Citizens Investment Trust, among others to finance the procurement.
The national flag carrier plans to fly to European destinations as well as Far East Asia after adding wide-body aircraft.
NAC used to fly to London, Paris and Frankfurt in Europe and Osaka and Shanghai in Far East Asia in the past. NAC plans to fly three times a week to Seoul and Osaka. Similarly, it plans to add flights to Sydney once the new aircraft arrive.
According to Kansakar, NAC plans to add two narrow-body aircraft once the two wide-body aircraft join its fleet.
NAC currently has two Airbus A320-200 and two ageing Boeing 757 aircraft for international operation.