NAC seeks okay for four Chinese planes

29th Nov, 2016 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has applied to the Tourism Ministry for approval of its domestic fleet expansion project.


The national flag carrier plans to induct four Chinese-made aircraft into its fleet to fly on domestic routes. It expects to bring one 56-seater MA60 and one 17-seater Y12e by December.

The delivery process of the four aircraft on order, one MA60 and three Y12e, has been put on hold for the last two years after NAC reported many problems, including load restrictions, in the two that have joined its fleet.

Last October, the Tourism Ministry directed NAC to resume the process of taking delivery of the four planes considering pertinent issues that need to be addressed to reap the maximum benefit while flying these aircraft in the Nepali skies. The manufacturer completed assembling the three Y12e for Nepal in early 2015. The aircraft, bearing NAC livery and Nepali registration numbers, have been sitting in the factory hangar since then. KP