Nepal gets delivery of two Chinese aircraft on Wednesday


9th Feb, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU,Feb 8 : Nepal has formally got the delivery of two China made aircrafts on Wednesday. The China Aviation Industry Corporation made the delivery of 56 seater MA60 and and 17 seater Y-12e aircraft ordered last year. The two aircraft are part of a six-aircraft deal signed between Nepal and China.

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In 2014, China provided one MA60 and one Y12e worth Rs2.94 billion as gifts. However, the delivery of the rest of the planes were stalled after issues appeared in the first batch. NAC plans to bring another two Y-12e aircraft in the near future.

The MA60 will be flown on NAC's Biratnagar, Pokhara, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj and Bhadrapur routes. The smaller Y12e will operate on remote sectors, including a number of tourist destinations.

With the planned delivery of another two Y-12e aircraft, the national flag carrier’s domestic fleet will swell to nine planes including three vintage Twin Otters.

During its heyday, NAC used to operate 18 aircraft -- 12 Twin Otters, three Avros and three Pilatus Porters -- to 42 stations across the country. The Canadian International Development Agency donated seven Twin Otters to NAC between 1972 and 1979.