Domestic operator Tara Air has acquired a new Dornier Do228-12. The aircraft landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Sunday.
The airline purchased the aircraft from the Philippines. Tara Air plans to press the new aircraft into service from Monday itself. With this addition, Tara Air now operates a fleet of four Canadian built DHC6-300 Twin Otters and three German built Dornier Do228-212 aircraft.
“The 18-seater Dornier Do228-212 is a Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) capable aircraft, ideal for operating in short, high altitude runways such as Lukla and Jomsom. This Honeywell TPE 331-10 twin engine powered aircraft is equipped with the latest Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) and the advanced Traffic Collision Awareness System II (TCAS II) and meets all the standards set by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal,” Tara Air said in a statement.
Tara Air is a subsidiary of Yeti Airlines . It operates on short haul sectors like Lukla, Phaplu, Lamidanda, Rumjatar, Ramechhap and Bhojpur from Kathmandu; Jomsom from Pokhara; and Dolpa, Jumla, Bajura, Simikot, Rara, Rukum and Bajhang from Nepalgunj and Surkhet.