Shree Airlines operates proven flight to Biratnagar
August 5, 2017 02:30 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, August 4: Upcoming domestic carrier Shree Airlines operated its first proving flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar on Friday.
The airline, which is the largest helicopter operator in the country, is preparing to begin fixed-wing operations. It has already acquired three aircraft - two 50-seater Bombardier CRJ 200s and one 70-seater CRJ-700 - to launch commercial passenger service.
According to civil aviation rules, a proving flight is a must for airlines to get Air Operator's Certificate (AOC).
Shree Airlines operated its 50-seater CRJ 200 with callsign 9N-AMA for its proving flight.
Anil Manandhar, corporate manager of Shree Airlines, told Republica that the proving flight was operated to fulfill the requirements of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) - the aviation sector regulator. “Now, the inspection team of CAAN, which was on board the proving flight, will submit its report to the CAAN within two or three days. Based on the report, CAAN will take a decision on AOC,” Manandhar added.
He further added that Shree Airlines was expecting CAAN to issue AOC by next week. “We will start scheduled flights immediately after we get AOC,” Manandhar added.
Shree Airlines is planning to operate scheduled flights to five destinations - Bhadrapur, Biratnagar, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj and Dhangadhi. It also plans to operate mountain flights.
“We will offer affordable fares, promising a safe and pleasing experience to our passengers,” Manandhar added.
Shree Airlines is the largest helicopter operator in the country, operating a fleet of Mi-17 and AS 350 B3e helicopters.