NAC to lease out grounded Chinese aircraft

14th Aug, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Aug 14: Nepal Airlines is preparing to lease its 6 Chinese aircraft that have been incurring high losses due to not being used appropriately. The NAC currently owns 2 Chinese aircraft owned through donations and 4 purchased through loans.

2 of the Y-12 E purchased 5 months prior have yet to gain to Air Operation Certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal while the remaining 2 MA-60 aircraft and 2 Y-12 aircraft have been grounded time and again due to lack of pilots and technical difficulties.

The Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, had declared in his 100-day plan after taking office to bring the 6 aircraft into full operation. However, the aircraft have not even received the AOC for operation. "Due to lack of pilots, spare parts, and other technical reasons, we are discussing the possibility of leasing the aircraft," said spokesperson Rabindra Shrestha. Although no official decision has been made through the corporation, preparations are ongoing to lease the aircraft to any domestic or foreign company through tender process.