NAC promises to start operation of grounded aircraft in 10 days

21st Mar, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Mar 21: The Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has promised the Minister of Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, to bring its grounded Chinese aircraft in operation within 10 days.

Senior officials of the Corporation have expressed commitment to bring the Harbin Y-12e aircraft within 10 days, in a meeting with the ministrr on Monday.

NAC has six Chinese aircraft; 4 Harbin Y-12e and 2 Xian MA-60. Four out of them are out of operation due to a lack of pilots. NAC has prepared to bring pilots from China to operate thr aircraft. However, the Chinese pilots have demanded huge salary. Initially talks with 3 pilots were done but 2 are only interested work with a salary of $9000 per month.

All 4 Harbin Y-12 E aircraft have been grounded at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) since first week of March. This has caused huge financial loss to the corporation and the question has risen against the capability of corporations’ management.

There is only 1 pilot in Nepal who is capable of flying the Harbin Y-12E but he has been in sick leave since a week ago, leaving flights to Pokhara, Bharatpur and Simara halted. The newly brought 2 Harbin Y-12E is still waiting for its maiden flight though it has been a month since it landed in TIA.