No, not a drop more

November 16, 2019 09:51 am

It is accepted that overbearing confidence sometimes leads to unwarranted consequences. This happens too often in our everyday life. At times we get impatient trailing an over laden vehicle occupying the middle of a highway. Few years ago a well known personality got killed in an accident that should not have happened in the first place. Had he been as law abiding, as during his bureaucratic days, he would not have overtaken from the wrong side. He perhaps faced similar situation on an open highway thinking it was safer from left than right.

KATHMANDU, Aug 19: Shree Airlines has added Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 aircraft in its fleet. The aircraft landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport at 6:15 pm on Sunday.

No chopper for women

July 27, 2019 00:25 am

As we all know, it would be difficult for women, or even men for that matter, to manage without a chopper in the kitchen. But even if this piece is not about the kitchen thing, I will get back to it later. As for the term, Americans found it logical to call helicopter a “chopper” as its rotor made “chop, chop” like sound more so because of long blades and slow rotation.

WASHINGTON, June 23: President Donald Trump said Saturday that military action against Iran was still an option for its downing of an unmanned U.S. military aircraft, but amid heightened tensions he dangled the prospect of eventually becoming an unlikely “best friend” of America’s longtime Middle Eastern adversary.

Better late than never

June 1, 2019 01:25 am

Nothing could be worse for an airline or an aircraft maker if circumstances lead to groundings of their fleet. Aircrafts are made to fly, not to sit idle. In fact, it costs money even to keep them on ground. Airlines work endlessly to make maximum use of the fleet they have. But it is no surprise that RA is seen to suffer first, for being slow in making efforts to increase its fleet utilisation and second, in failing to move away B757 it has opted to ground. Both 757s still sit occupying constricted TIA space.

KATHMANDU, May 24: The Nepali for Nepal Campaign is going to organize a public hearing on the 'wide-body aircraft purchase scam' at local Basantapur Dabali on May 25.

BEIJING, May 22: China’s three biggest airlines have requested compensation from U.S. planemaker Boeing Co for losses incurred by the grounding and delayed deliveries of 737 MAX jets, as regulators gather to discuss design changes for the troubled aircraft.

KATHMANDU, April 22: An aircraft of Tara Air skidded off the runway while trying to land in Ramechhap, on Monday morning.

CHICAGO/SEATTLE, April 6: Boeing Co said on Friday it plans to cut its monthly 737 aircraft production by nearly 20 percent in the wake of two deadly crashes, signaling it does not expect aviation authorities to allow the plane back in the air anytime soon.

A Southwest Airlines Co Boeing 737 MAX 8 heading to the California desert for parking during a global ban of the aircraft made an emergency landing on Tuesday due to an engine-related problem shortly after take-off, the carrier said.

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: A helicopter of Air Dynasty carrying Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikair among six others has crashed near Pathibhara of Taplelung on Wednesday afternoon.

WASHINGTON DC, Dec 6: The US Marine Corps says two of its aircraft were involved in a "mishap" off the coast of Japan, and a search-and-rescue operation is underway. Very few details have been made public after the initial USMC news release.

POKHARA, Nov 30: An ultralight aircraft which faced technical glitches during flight has made a safe landing.

Qatar Airways unveils seasonal routes

November 21, 2018 09:37 am

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Qatar Airways has announced the return of its recently-launched seasonal routes to Antalya, Bodrum, Mykonos and Málaga, with more flights and upgraded aircraft on two routes from May 2019, according to a statement issued by the Doha-based carrier.

KATHMANDU, Nov 16: After its newly purchased wide-body aircraft incurred losses within one and half months of operation, Nepal Airlines Corporation, the national flag carrier, has turned to the government for financial support.

The ultimate backup

October 13, 2018 00:15 am

This piece aims to present a brief overview of safety related issues arising out of over reliance on cockpit automation. The automation progressed, incrementally, over a protracted period and it has enhanced aviation safety, increased efficiency and reduced pilot’s workload.

Making soup of SOP

September 29, 2018 00:15 am

Not all errors end in disasters, faults need to be corrected to stop situation from getting bad to worse.

Flight of fancy

September 15, 2018 00:10 am

We have complete dislikes for long routes and it cannot be anything but natural to take shorter ones where possible even while walking. It is not just distance: men are still striving to get to the farthest place faster by any means. It took almost 13 days to fly 9189nm between London-Sydney in 1935 and flying boats did it with 30 stops. People were happy with that as ships took months. The London-Sydney distance is taken as the last frontier even if Auckland is even further off.

KATHMANDU, Aug 3: The government is planning to purchase eight new aircraft in the current fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, July 11: Qatar Airways, the official airline of FIFA, has unveiled a specially-branded Boeing 777 aircraft painted in FIFA livery ahead of the tournament's Semi-Final and Final match.

KATHMANDU, June 26: A 12-member team has left for Toulouse of France to take delivery of the wide-body aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC).  According to Nepal Airlines Corporation, they team will take delivery of first of the two Airbus A330-200 aircraft ordered by the national flag carrier. The aircraft is scheduled to land at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, April 20: After a long workout, the ill-fated aircraft Malindo Airplane flying to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu on Thursday night is now safely removed from the runaway.

Chinese aircraft handed to NAC

April 17, 2018 18:42 pm

KATHMANDU, April 17:  Two 17-seat Y12e aircraft have been handed over to Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) amid a function here Tuesday. The aircraft were brought on subsidized loan from the government of China.

POKHARA, March 16: Turkish Airway's airliner had an accident at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) about three years ago.  All the passengers in the aircraft were unharmed. However, as the plane remained grounded at TIA for a few days, larger aircraft could not approach the runway, which affected the tourism sector greatly as the tourist season in Nepal was approaching.

KATHMANDU, March 12: Forty-nine people have been confirmed dead in the US-Bangla aircraft crash that occurred at the Tribhuvan International Airport at 2:18 pm on Monday.

KATHMANDU, Mar 12: Over 50 people feared dead  and several others injured as a Bombardier Dash Q-400 aircraft operated by US-Bangla Airlines crashed while landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday afternoon.

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: Qatar Airways has said that it received the world's first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft at the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse, France, on Wednesday.

Two more China-made aircraft arrive

February 14, 2018 09:24 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: Two new Chinese aircraft procured by Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) from China landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

Lack of pilots to fly new aircraft

February 14, 2018 02:31 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: Though NAC now has four Harbin Y 12-e aircraft in its fleet, the national flag carrier has only one pilot two command the aircraft.

NAC aircraft avoids accident

February 7, 2018 18:27 pm

RUKUM, Feb 7: An aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation bound for Rukum from Kathmandu has escaped an accident on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: Buddha Air is taking delivery of its 10th aircraft on Thursday. The 72-seater ATR 72-500 series aircraft will land at the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, on Thursday. The airline purchased the aircraft at Rs 1 billion.

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) will have to fork out Rs 1 billion to repair one engine of its grounded Airbus A320-200 aircraft.

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: A masked man landed at Tribhuvan International Airport at 10:30 am from an Air India aircraft on Monday. Curiosity grew within the people in general at the sight of the masked man having a sturdy body. Speculations were being made that he was from a criminal background when the media persons were gathering around and firing questions at him. A huge crowd had already gathered around him.

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: An aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has met with an accident at Bhairahawa airport. The accident occurred when the aircraft with a call sign 9NAKS was landing.

KOHALPUR, Nov 1: Passengers are at the receiving end as many airline companies have stopped flying to Karnali zone after the Tihar festival.

KATHMANDU, August 27: Around two dozen officials of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) recently visited Singapore to ‘observe and inspect’ its aircraft which is currently under maintenance there.

KATHMANDU, July 21: Russia-manufactured plane has landed at Tribhuvan International Airport for the first time in Nepal to take stock of the weather condition of the country. The place which can fly at the height of 70, 000 feet will remain in Kathmandu for a month.

KATMANDU, July 13: Operational and human errors are attributed to the aircraft crash at Bhairahawa-based Gautam Buddha airport nine months ago, according to a report prepared by the commission formed to probe the crash.

KATHMANDU, June 26: Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has launched an investigation into the national flag carrier' decision to purchase two wide-body aircraft.

BEIJING, April 26:  China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes.

North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, in the latest sign of rising tension as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to call the leaders of China and Japan.

Sita aircraft escapes accident

April 23, 2017 13:28 pm

SALLERI(SOLUKHUMBU), April 23: An aircraft of Sita Airlines made a safe landing with no any injuries but minor damage to it.

KATHMANDU, April 20: The government has decided to stand as a guarantor for the purchase of two wide-body aircraft by Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC).

KATHMANDU, March 6: Buddha Air has pressed its new ATR 72-500 aircraft into commercial service.

China hands over two aircraft to NAC

February 8, 2017 20:40 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: The Chinese government on Wednesday formally handed two aircraft over to the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC).

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: Buddha Air, the country’s leading private sector airline, has added a new aircraft to its fleet.

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: The Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has brought the fourth aircraft from China on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: Fourth China-made aircraft, Harbin Y12e, is arriving in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: The two aircraft the national flag carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation, received in loan assistance from China are to be brought here by coming Saturday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 15: An aircraft of AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia overshot runway on Sunday afternoon after three stray dogs took over the runway.