Flights delayed as ‘TIA closes runway for maintenance’

Several flights have been delayed due to a closure of the only runway at Tribhuvan International Airport on Saturday afternoon. According to a highly-placed source at the TIA, the runway was ‘unofficially’ closed twice at around2:30pm and 3:40pm today to carry out maintenance works after cracks and potholes surfaced on the runway-02 received . The TIA’s

Airlines jack up fares to cash in on festive rush

With the festival season fast approaching in Nepal, airlines from India and China have jacked up their inbound fares more than threefold to cash in on the annual festive rush when Nepalis return home by the hundreds of thousands for the celebrations. According to travel agents, the lowest priced ticket on the Delhi-Kathmandu sector that

FinMin to be guarantor on loan for fleet expansion

The Finance Ministry has agreed to act as a guarantor on a loan Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) plans to take to procure two widebody jets. The decision to stand surety for the national flag carrier has allowed the Tourism Ministry to table a procurement proposal in the Cabinet. NAC gave a presentation on its fleet

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