KATHMANDU, Feb 14: The Y-12 E airplane purchased by Nepal Airlines has arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday. The Corporation, which has been facing millions of loss annually in four Chinese aircraft brought in Nepal before, has brought two more planes of the same model.
8 captains are mandatory for operating 4 airplanes but right now, Nepal Airlines only has 3 captains for 4 Y-12 E. The limitation of Chinese airplanes has always been less number of captains.
“We are bringing 3 captains from China soon, then the Y-12 is expected to fly well,” said Sugatratna Kansakar, Managing Director of the Corporation. After the commitment to solve spare parts and pilot problems from the Chinese side, more airplanes will be bought. The corporation has 2 airplanes with 56 seat capacity and 4 airplanes with 17 seat capacity. The MA–60 has been in proper operation but due to lack of pilots, the Y 12 E is still grounded.
The Y-12 E airplanes, built by Chinese company Harbin Aircraft Group, is registered under the call sign 9 N-XU and 9 N-XV.