The first of the two Airbus A330-200 aircraft ordered by Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Thursday.
The wide-body aircraft, named Annapunra — or the goddess of bounty in Nepali — was given a customary water cannon salute at the TIA.
The second Airbus A330-200 aircraft is expected to join the NAC’s flee next month.
Both the aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines and feature a two-class cabin configuration that will seat a total of 274 passengers — 18 in business class and 256 in economy class.
NAC has already signed Total Care Contract with Rolls-Royce for overall maintenance of the wide-body jets.
Both the aircraft were initially ordered by Hi Fly — a Portugese aircraft leasing company. NAC purchased the aircraft through US-based company AAR Corp.
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NAC has borrowed Rs24 billion from the Citizen Investment Trust (CIT) and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to buy the jets.
This is the first time that a wide-body jet has been inducted in the fleet of a Nepali carrier. Two years ago NAC acquired two Airbus A320-200 series aircraft. It has already got approval from the board to induct two Airbus A320neo aircraft for short-haul flights.
NAC operates a fleet of two Airbus A320-200 and an ageing Boeing 757 aircraft for international flights. It plans to sell the Boeign after inucting two A320neo aircraft.