Nepal’s aviation on a wing and a prayer

Nepal’s plan to get its aviation sector removed early from the global shame list received another setback after the United Nations aviation agency found no change in the country’s three-year-old status as far as air accident investigation is concerned. International Civil Aviation Organisation has red-flagged country’s aviation sector in 2013, citing non-compliance of ICAO protocols

Buddha Air approved to provide MRO services

Leading Nepali carrier Buddha Air has been granted a licence to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the family of ATR and Beechcraft aircraft from its state-of-the-art closed-door hangar at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Following the decision of a minister-level meeting on Sunday, Buddha became the first Nepali airline to acquire a permit

Shree Airlines to diversify into fixed-wing operations

Nepal’s largest helicopter operator Shree Airlines plans to diversify into fixed-wing operations by bringing in three jets for starters in a move expected to shake up the domestic aviation sector which seems to have quietened down of late. As per the business plan submitted to the Tourism Ministry, the carrier will be inducting three 50-seater

NAC likely to confirm plan to buy 2 widebody aircraf

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is expected to call a meeting of its board of directors next week to finalise the procurement of two Airbus A330-200 widebody jets, sources privy to the plan said. Last January, the national flag carrier had unveiled an ambitious reform strategy that includes buying two widebody aircraft over the next two

Has Oscar Munoz Been Successful at Improving United Airlines?

Oscar Munoz has had a rough first year at the helm of United Airlines, but some of his moves have brought about positive change for the once-ailing legacy carrier. Is it safe to say that United is now on the right track to regaining its former glory? A difficult start Munoz’s predecessor, Jeff Smisek, had

NAC to put Chinese aircraft back in air

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has decided to put its grounded Y12e aircraft back in the air by mid-September in time for the Dashain travel rush. The China-gifted plane has been resting in a hangar at Tribhuvan International Airport for more than nine months for lack of pilots. After the 17-seater Y12e aircraft returns to service,

NAC resumes Dubai flights after 4-yr gap

Nepal Airlines has resumed its Dubai operations after a four-year hiatus. An Airbus A320 flight was dispatched on Thursday to the destination with 158 passengers onboard. As a promotional offer, it has priced one-way fare at Rs20,000 and Rs32,000 for a round-trip. The offer is valid through August, the airline said. The national flag carrier

Caan all set to ban passenger flights by single-engine planes

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) is all set to ban chartered passenger flights by single-engine aircraft. The move comes after two consecutive crashes this year due to engine failure. In February, an Air Kasthamandap P-750 XSTOL flight crash-landed at Chilkhaya of Kalikot district, in which two of its pilots were killed. Again in August,

Caan starts work to restore TIA’s crumbling runway

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) has started work to rehabilitate the 50-year-old runway at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) as it has been affecting smooth operation of aircraft due to repeated occurrences of cracks in the pavement. For the last four years, TIA has had to forbid aircraft weighing more than 196 tonnes

Hawaiian Airlines to operate daytime Tokyo flights

Hawaiian Airlines has received tentative approval from the US department of transportation to shift its current daily flight between Honolulu and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport into a coveted daytime schedule. The new flights will begin on October 29th, 2016. The tentative award follows a DOT ruling in May granting Hawaiian a night-time slot pair to