November 13, 2018 09:09 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, Nov 13: Airbus' A220-300 aircraft arrived in Nepal on Monday as part of its world demonstration tour.
The European aircraft manufacturer is utilizing an aircraft operated by airBaltic for the tour.
Talking about the new features of the aircraft, Christine De Gagne, aircraft interiors marketing director of customer affairs for Airbus, said that the aircraft can be configured to fly 145 passengers including five on business class seats in wide body comfort. "It has 19 inches wide seat in between two 18-inch seats, considering the comfort of passengers sitting in middle seats," she said, adding that the aircraft delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency with Pratt &Whitney's latest PW1500G geared turbofan engines.
It offers at least 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to the previous generation aircraft, she added.
With a range of up to 3,200 nautical miles (5,020km), the new aircraft offers the performance of larger single aisle aircraft, according to Airbus.
Speaking at the aircraft demonstration event, Gagne further said: “We are really keen to bring our new generation aircraft in Nepal as well. We have already promoted our new aircraft to several airline companies that are operating in the Nepali sky,” she added.
The aircraft started its world tour from Zhuhai Air Show in China from November 5. It was demonstrated at the air show till November 8 and flew to Chengdu on November 9. Now the aircraft will fly to Thailand and then to Istanbul before returning to its base in Latvia.
According to Airbus, more than Airbus A220-300s have been booked till date.