KATHMANDU: Nepal Leading carrier airlines Buddha Air has been granted a licence to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the ATR and Beechcraft aircraft from its state-of-the-art closed-door hangar at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
This hangar facility was built inside the premises of the only international airport of Nepal. It covers an area of 37,000 square feet and is built at a cost of US$ 2.5 million. The hangar houses aircraft spares inventory worth up to US$ 9.3 million and the Technical and Operations Department. It has the capacity to accommodate an Airbus 320 or Boeing 737 series aircraft, it can extend MRO services for narrow body jets in the near future,” the official added. MRO services in Nepal can create a big impact on the country’s aviation industry. The hangar is the first of its kind in Nepal, and among a very few in South Asia.
The approval for license was made on a cabinet level meeting conducted last Sunday. Buddha became the first Nepali airline to acquire a permit to provide MRO services. Buddha will need to obtain an operation certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan).
Buddha has secured business from Bangladesh private airline Nova Air and is planning to sign an agreement Bhutan Druk Air to provide maintenance services.
The company estimates a cost around USD30,000 to USD100,000 to complete a MRO service and can schedule seven to eight aircraft annually. With two new international airports slated to come online in the next few years, domestic airlines have been expanding their fleets in anticipation of increased business on regional sectors, said a Tourism Ministry official.