Tuesday, 3rd March 2015

NAC’s new aircraft, made in China, arrives in Kathmandu

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A new aircraft of state-owned Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has arrived from China at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu on Sunday.

It was the first time that the NAC has brought a new aircraft for domestic flights after 28 years.

The 56-seat aircraft has been provided by a Chinese company in grant assistance to the NAC.

At present, the NAC has no aircraft for domestic flights, as the only twin-otter it had, crashed last February and another one was grounded due to technical problems.

The Chinese Government has already agreed to provide four more aircrafts to NAC for operating domestic flights. The NAC received a 'no objection letter' to this effect from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) on Friday.

However, the NAC is yet to get permission from CAAN to operate the new aircraft.

According to CAAN director general Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, it was awaiting the arrival of the aircraft to initiate the process for granting the operation license (with inputs from RSS).