Published On: March 18, 2023 04:00 PM NPT By: Republica | @RepublicaNepal
KATHMANDU, March 18: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has initiated necessary homework to add aircrafts in its fleets.
A study committee formed under the coordination of Deputy General Manager Janak Raj Kalakheti of the NAC has started its work in this regard. "The study committee is studying to bring two Airbus narrow-bodies on the international side and three twin outers for stalls on the domestic side and two ATR aircrafts for the trunk route," said an employee at the NAC. “After that, the process will start from the Ministry of Tourism.”
The NAC is currently working to expand the number of flights to various destinations including Malaysia, Delhi, Dubai, Doha and Bangalore after bringing two more narrow body ships for international flights.
NAC employees said that there are five flights a week to these destinations at present. The plan to expand the number of flights and fleets will be materialized after acquiring aircraft on dry lease.
NAC has planned to purchase three TwinOtter vessels for stall routes and two ATR-72 series vessels for smooth destinations.
Assessment of five Chinese aircraft to begin from Sunday
Archana Khadka, spokeswoman of the NAC, said that the NAC is planning to start the evaluation from Sunday for the sale of Chinese aircrafts that have been grounded for the past three years.
She said that the representative of the American Avian Asset Management Company will come to Kathmandu on Sunday for the process. She said that the representative of the company will submit the evaluation of the ship within a month.
“We shortlisted and assigned this task to Avian. The representative of this company is scheduled to come and start work on Sunday," she said. "With the evaluation, we will proceed with the sales process."
At present, the NAC has been flying regularly to various destinations including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Qatar, Malaysia with a total of four aircraft consisting of two Airbus-320 and two Airbus-330 series.
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