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RNA-VISIT MT EVEREST - 29029 FT
FORMED IN 1958. FORMERLY "ROYAL NEPAL AIRLINES." DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO BOX 401
RNAC BUILDING, KANTIPATH
KATHMANDU 711000, NEPAL
NEPAL (KINGDOM OF NEPAL) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1768, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 140,797 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 22 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS KATHMANDU, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE NEPALI AND ENGLISH.
SEPTEMBER 1993: NATIONAL AIRLINE, GOVERNMENT OWNED.
SERVICES TO BANGKOK, BOMBAY, CALCUTTA, DELHI, FRANKFURT, HONG KONG, LONDON, PARIS, AND SINGAPORE.
TO PHASE OUT 727'S & REPLACE WITH 767'S.
DECEMBER 1993: 1 A310-300 (CF6-80C2A2), LEASED.
JANUARY 1996: D D KHADKA ACTING DIRECTOR ENGINEERING.
(GAMECO) (GUN) MAINTENANCE CONTRACT OF $3 MILLION FOR 2 757'S.
APRIL 1996: SINCE DEREGULATION IN 1992, ROYAL NEPAL AIRLINES (RNA) NOW HAS TO COMPETE WITH EVEREST AIR, NECON AIR & NEPAL AIRWAYS. LOCAL DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AVIATION REQUIRES WITHDRAWAL FROM SERVICE OF ANY AIRPLANE >20 YEARS OLD.
DECEMBER 1996: TO PARIS ORLY (757).
FEBRUARY 1997: POSSIBLE NEW 767-300 LEASED IN APRIL 1997.
JULY 1997: 1 757-200 (28337), TURKMENISTAN AIRLINES (TUE) WET-LEASED FOR 6 MONTHS.
APRIL 1998: 2,200 EMPLOYEES.
AUGUST 1998: V M SAUD DIRECTOR ENGINEERING REPLACES M B MATHEMA.
NOVEMBER 1998: ACCDT: (RNA) PILATUS PC6 TURBO PORTER (755, 9N-ABK) FLEW INTO SIDE OF MOUNTAIN, 13,000 FT, 3 NAUTICAL MILES NORTH OF LUKLA = 1 FATALITY.
DECEMBER 1998: 1 757-28A (26275, N651LF), TRANSAERO (TRX) WET-LEASED 4 MONTHS.
FEBRUARY 1999: B K MAN SINGH EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN REPLACED H K RANA, WHO ONLY HELD POSITION 3 MONTHS.
MARCH 1999: HS 748 (1799) PARTED OUT. 757-2ZO, CHINA SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (XIN) 1 YEAR LEASED.
APRIL 1999: AIRLINE GROUNDED BY PILOTS (FC)'S STRIKE.
SITA: KTMADRA. 2,200 EMPLOYEES.
JULY 1999: D D KHADKA DIRECTOR ENGINEERING.
NOVEMBER 1999: NEPAL SIGNS BILATERAL AIR PACT WITH SRI LANKA. ROYAL NEPAL AIRLINES (RNA) TO COLOMBO, VIA MALE.
DECEMBER 1999: PLANS FOR +1 767-300ER IN 2000.
MARCH 2000: TO BANGALORE (3/WEEK).
APRIL 2000: 2,200 EMPLOYEES. (http://www.royalnepal.com).
PLANS TO LEASE 1 767-200. LOCAL MEDIA REPORTS AIRBUS OFFER TO SELL 3 A340'S, AND TAKE 2 757-200'S IN TRADE.
JULY 2000: ACCDT: (RNA) DH6-6-300 (654, 9N-ABP) TWIN OTTER CRASHED ON LANDING IN BAD WEATHER, NEAR MOUNTAIN TOWN OF JOGBUDHA, 450 MILES WEST OF KATHMANDU = ALL 3/22 FATALITIES.
OCTOBER 2000: TO BANGALORE (2/WEEK).
JANUARY 2001: HARI BHAKTA SHRESTHA CHAIRMAN, CHARGED BY GOVERNMENT WITH CORRUPTION, & ABUSE OF AUTHORITY, RE-18 MONTH LEASE OF LAUDA AIR (LAL) 767-300ER ON ROYAL NEPAL AIRLINES (RNA) INTERNATIONAL SERVICES, WHICH HAD BEEN SUSPENDED.
FEBRUARY 2001: 1 767-300ER (PW4056) (23765), LAUDA AIR (LAL) LEASED, UNTIL 6/02.
AUGUST 2001: (email@example.com). SITA: KTMOERA.
July 2002: 2001 = -$30.66 million (net loss).
October 2002: Ramagya Prasad Chaturbedi Chairman, arrested and taken into custody without bail for investigation of abuse of authority. It is alleged Chaturbedi pocketed millions of dollars during his previous job as head of a government-owned construction company, in the west of the kingdom.
March 2003: Kathmandu - Kuala Lumpur (757-200, 2/week).
November 2003: 1 order 757-200 on a lease-purchase basis.
January 2005: 1,700 employees.
November 2007: As the national carrier of Nepal, Royal Nepal Airlines (RNA) operates scheduled passenger and freight services linking Kathmandu with domestic points, and with international destinations in Asia and the Middle East.
Employees = 1,700.
(IATA) Code: RA - 285. (ICAO) Code: RNA (Callsign - ROYAL NEPAL).
SITA Code: KTMOERA.
Parent organization/shareholders: Nepal government (100%).
Alliances: Druk Air (DRU).
Main Base: Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport (KTM).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Jomsom; Kathmandu; Lukla; Manang; & Pokhara.
International, scheduled destinations: Bangalore; Bangkok; Delhi; Dubai; Hong Kong; Kuala Lumpur; Mumbai; Osaka; Shanghai; & Singapore.
December 2007: The European Commission (EC) and Nepal announced a horizontal air services agreement allowing any (EU) airline to operate between Nepal and any (EU) nation, where a bilateral agreement with Nepal exists and traffic rights are secured.
Re-brands from "Royal Nepal Airlines" to "Nepal Airlines (RNA)."
December 2008: (RNA) DHC-8-300 (812, /84 9N-ABT) veered off Runway 02 at Kathmandu airport on December 24th and went down a slope into a fence at the eastern side of the airport. The incident happened during the airplane's take-off run and without any passengers aboard. The 2 flight crew (FC) members suffered minor injuries. The airplane came to rest in a nose down attitude with its main gear just clearing the edge of the slope. The pilot (FC) reported rudder problems with the airplane.
November 2009: At the Dubai Air Show, Nepal Airlines (RNA) signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus (EDS) to acquire 1 A330-200 and 1 A320.
"We have seen tremendous growth in tourism over recent years and we want to capitalize on the A330's unique performance and range to offer direct services to our key long-haul markets and to develop new ones thanks to the efficiency of the A320," (RNA) Executive Chairman Sugat Ratna Kansakar said at the Dubai Airshow.
The A330 will be used on flights to Japan and Europe, neither of which currently is served by (RNA). The A320 will operate to the Middle East and SE Asia. (RNA) currently flies out of 30 domestic airports and serves 10 international destinations, according to Airbus (EDS).
April 2010: INCDT: A Nepal Airlines (RNA) DHC-6-300 Twin Otter (PT6A-27) (830, /85 9N-ABX), made a forced landing in Nepal due to poor weather.
April 2013: Nepalese start-up (BB) Airways (BBW) aims to pursue significant expansion of its international network following a restructuring which will see (BBW) replace a wet-leased 757 with 2 dry-leased A320s. (BBW), which launched services in September 2012, has had a relatively slow initial 7 months but has an ambitious plan to exploit the expected rapid growth of the Nepalese international market with a focus on migrant worker traffic.
Nepal is a small but under served market with huge potential. Foreign carriers dominate the market, exploiting the weakness of flag carrier Nepal Airlines (RNA), which recently committed to renewing its small fleet in 2015 but is unlikely to grow significantly. If it succeeds at rapidly expanding and overcoming initial challenges, (BBW) could soon become Nepal’s largest carrier.
April 2013: Nepal Airlines (RNA), national carrier for Nepal, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Airbus (EDS) for the purchase of 2 new A320s. Once finalized, the order will be valued at $180 million, according to current (EDS) list prices.
“For a landlocked nation, aviation really is our window to the world and the world’s window to us. Nepal offers explorers, trekkers and pleasure seekers a wide range of cultural, ecological and outdoor pursuits. Adding the A320 to our fleet, will help us to capitalize on tourism growth and to enhance our network using the most fuel efficient airplanes available,” said Madan Kharel Managing Director at (RNA).
May 2013: ACCDT: DHC-6-300 (PT6A-27) (638, /79 9N-ABO) operated by Nepal Airlines (RNA) crashed while attempting to land at the town of Jomsom, located NW of Kathmandu (SEE PHOTO - - "RNA-2013-05 - ACCDT DHC-6-300").
The pilot (FC) and co-pilot (FC) suffered serious injuries in the crash and are in a critical condition, while the flight attendant (CA) suffered a broken leg, said a Nepal Tourism spokeswoman.
The 19 passengers (11 Nepalese and 8 Japanese nationals) suffered only minor injuries.
The DHC-6-300 airplane was operating on the 20 minute Pokhara - Jomsom route.
At 08:33 local time the airplane touched down on the runway at Jomsom, but was seized by a sudden gust of wind and blown into the Kaligandaki River, which lies to the SE of the runway. Conditions were clear at the time of the incident.
After being removed from the airplane, the flight crew (FC) were evacuated to Pokhara on an airplane operated by Tara Air. A helicopter was dispatched to pick up the tourists, said the spokeswoman.
The attached photo shows that the airplane came to rest on the bank of the river, and the fuselage was split in half, forward of the wings.
Nepal Airlines (RNA) operates 5 Twin Otter airplanes.
Jomsom airport is located in the mountainous Annapurna Conservation Area, a popular destination for adventure tourists that includes some of the world's tallest peaks.
August 2013: The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has asked international carriers not to operate wide body airplanes to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport from September, due to safety concerns.
February 2014: ACCDT: DHC-6-300 Twin Otter (PT6A-27) (302, /71 9N-ABB) crashed killing 18 (15 passengers and 3 crew members (FC & CA) in snow, rain and fog. Last year, the European Union (EU) banned all Nepalese airlines from flying to Europe because of poor safety records.
The wreckage was found about 160 miles west of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.
April 2014: Nepal Airlines ((IATA) Code: RA, based at Kathmandu) (RNA) is to acquire 22 new airplanes by 2019 as a means of boosting its domestic and international presence. Speaking to the Nepali press, Minister for Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation, Bhim Prasad Acharya, said the order would likely include 4 wide bodies (either Airbus (EDS) or Boeing (TBC), and 11 narrow bodies. “Currently 1 (RNA) airplane is serving the domestic route and 2 airplanes which are currently grounded will be repaired and brought into operation in the domestic sector within 4 months. (RNA) is also in the process revamping the fleet with 6 Chinese-made airplanes by October this year.”
In the wake of a recent decline in business, coupled with a blanket ban on the country's airlines by the European Commission (EC), Minister Acharya revealed plans to develop a viable business plan for (RNA) to resume domestic and international flights within a month.
At present, (RNA) operates a 757-200 and a 757-200M on flights from Kathmandu to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Doha International, Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok, and Kuala Lumpur International. Plans to acquire 2 A320-200s last year are believed to have fallen through on the back of funding issues.
Nepal Airlines (RNA) currently operates 2 airplanes to 5 countries, and serves 5 destinations, 4 routes, and 4 daily flights.
May 2014: Nepal Airlines (RNA) is to be restructured before being either privatized or twinned with an international strategic partner. Nepal's "Ekantipur" newswire said a government think-tank has already put forward a proposal to (RNA)'s board and includes 3 possible options: the 1st is a 3-party divestment involving government, a strategic partner and an initial public offering (IPO); the 2nd is a 2-party share divestment that involves the government and a strategic partner; and the 3rd is an outright sale of (RNA).
“Obviously, we have a number of plans. The 1st thing is to put the new planes in a position to compete with private airlines and serve people living in remote areas,” said (RNA) spokesman Ram Hari Sharma.
(RNA)'s board is expected to arrive at a decision in the next 30 days.
A fully government-backed airline, Nepal Airlines (RNA) has incurred annual losses amounting to -NPR170 million/USD1.71 million. It has also suffered from poor public-image given incidents of corruption and its high frequency of cancellations and delays.
A bid to offload a 49% stake in (RNA) in 2004 failed to garner adequate support, while a 2007 attempt to find a strategic partner to take over (RNA)'s management, also collapsed.
Earlier this month, (RNA) took delivery of its 1st MA-60 turboprop airplane aimed at allowing it to resume services to the more remote regions of the Himalayan kingdom. At present, (RNA) currently operates 2 757-200s on flights to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Doha International, Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok and Kuala Lumpur International as well as an ageing DHC-6 on domestic flights.
(RNA) currently operates 3 airplanes and serves 5 countries, 5 destinations, 4 routes and 5 daily flights.
June 2014: See video "VISIT NEPAL" - -
October 2014: Visit Mt Everest (29,029 ft), the highest mountain in the world.
February 2015: Nepal Airlines (RNA) has taken delivery of the 1st of 2 Airbus A320 airplanes. (RNA) chose the type, which is beneficial for operations at high altitude airports. The Sharklet-equipped airplane has Required Navigation Performance (RNP) capability built-in, which enables the airplane to fly precisely along predefined routes using state-of-the-art on-board navigation systems.
Nepal Airlines Corporation Managing Director, Madan Kharel said, “Our new A320 with Sharklets will help us to expand air services in the region, to increase capacity and to capitalize in the growth of high value tourism by offering our visitors world class comfort and service levels.”
The A320 will seat 8 business and 150 economy (C) class passengers with the widest seats available in any single-aisle airplanes.
Nepal Airlines (RNA) flies to 4 international destinations and 25 spectacular domestic locations in the heart of the Himalayas.
March 2015: Nepal Airlines (RNA) has launched its 5th international route from Kathmandu (KTM) and 1st to India. On February 27th, (RNA) introduced a 4x-weekly service on the 813 km route to Delhi (DEL). (RNA) will use its only A320 on the route, which is already served by Jet Airways (JPL) (3x-daily flights), Air India (AIN)/(IND) (2x-daily flights), IndiGo (IGO), and SpiceJet (ROJ) (both daily flights), and Druk Air (DRK) (4x-weekly flights). Nepal Airlines (RNA) already serves Bangkok, Doha, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur internationally, as well as a number of domestic destinations.
April 2015: News Item A-1: Airbus sent an A350 XWB to Kathmandu, Nepal from Paris, loaded with medics and relief supplies for French citizens to be evacuated following the devastating earthquake that has resulted in a death toll exceeding 6,000.
The prototype A350 (MSN 5), with cabin interior was sent to Kathmandu to transport aid relief and medical personnel on behalf of about 200 French survivors.
The A350-900 XWB took off from Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris at 10:47 pm and arrived at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) at 10:29 am the following day (Nepal Time).
Airbus (EDS) is also working with Nepal Airlines (RNA) for the transport of aid relief and medical personnel with the A320 delivery to Nepal Airlines (RNA) from Hamburg.
May 2015: On May 12th, Nepal was hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake resulting in at least 42 confirmed dead and triggering renewed panic on the devastated streets of Kathmandu.
The temblor came <3 weeks after 8,000 people died when a 7.8 magnitude quake rocked the Himalayan country on April 25.
"It was completely unexpected," 21-year-old nursing student Shristi Mainali told NBC News from Kathmandu. "At 1st we just felt like a shake, and we thought it was normal, we are having aftershock, but it didn't stop, so we got up and rushed to our garden. We could see the ground moving, shaking (in that moment you cannot differentiate whether it's the ground is shaking or it's your legs shaking.)"
Nepal's National Emergency Operation Center confirmed 42 deaths, with at least 1,117 others injured.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported the epicenter of the May 12th quake as being close to the Everest Base Camp and the Chinese border (about 51 miles east of Kathmandu).
It struck at a depth of around 11 miles. The April 25 quake was measured at 9.3 miles. Shallower earthquakes tend to cause more damage at the surface.
The (USGS) initially reported Tuesday's earthquake as being 7.4-magnitude but later downgraded the figure. It was followed over the course of about 30 minutes by further tremors registering magnitudes of 5.6 and 6.3.
Richard Ragan, emergency coordinator for the (UN)'s World Food Program in Nepal, said that initial reports suggested that some "structures collapsed, probably structures that were already in disrepair." However, he added that this quake "doesn't appear to have cause a lot of damage" in Kathmandu itself.
Shockwaves were felt across northern India and as far away as New Delhi (which is located about 550 miles west of the epicenter). Buildings swayed for > a minute in the Indian capital and people scurried into the streets.
Mark South, a British Red Cross worker based in Kathmandu, said the tremors were big enough to "scare the living daylights out of everybody."
The April 25 quake flattened mountain villages and destroyed buildings, injuring at least 17,860 people.
October 2015: Nepal Airlines (RNA) started a 3x-weekly A320 from Kathmandu to Bangalore.
December 2015: "Nepal Airlines Corporation to Buy 2 Wide Body and 2 Narrow Body Aircraft over 2 Years" by the Kathmandu Post, December 31, 2015.
The Nepal Airlines Corporation (RNA) has prepared an international fleet expansion plan under which it will buy 4 new jets over the next 2 years, with the 1st one scheduled to join its fleet next December.
(RNA), The national flag carrier will be adding 2 wide body and 2 narrow body aircraft in line with the government's 2-year immediate action plan. The 2nd of the 2 wide bodies is expected to be inducted into the fleet by February 2017.
Likewise, (RNA) plans to procure the 1st of the 2 narrow body aircraft by May 2017 and the 2nd by July 2017, according to the corporation's project proposal. Tourism Ministry officials said that (RNA) would be sending its detailed business plan to the Ministry by mid-January.
The proposal will be forwarded to the Finance Ministry by February for its examination and arrangement of funds, officials said. After the Finance Ministry okays the plan, the Tourism Ministry will present it to the Cabinet, probably by mid-March.
"We are at the final stages of the preparations of the business plan," said Ram Hari Sharma, spokesperson of (RNA). "The management will show the plan to the board as soon as it is completed." The business plan basically includes financing arrangements and potential future markets for (RNA), Sharma added.
(RNA) purchased 2 Airbus A320-200 aircraft this year by borrowing 10 billion rupees from the Employees Provident Fund, its 1st fleet expansion in 27 years. Recently, the Finance Ministry had told (RNA) to show a viable and trustable business plan 1st when it said it wanted 26 billion rupees to buy 2 wide body jets.
(RNA) has proposed procuring long-range jets to serve destinations in North America, Japan, Australia, and the UK as they have been identified as prospective markets for Nepal over the next 20 years. The Finance Ministry has assured (RNA) that resources could be arranged through internal sources or through international financing agencies if it is convinced by the business plan.
(RNA) has had to ask the Finance Ministry for money as it owes 14 billion rupees to various creditors, and all its assets have been put up as collateral.
Presently, (RNA) holds a meagre 5.87% share of the market in the international segment. It flew 206,430 passengers last year.
(RNA) serves 7 international destinations, including 3 Indian cities, and plans to expand operations to +3 more destinations, namely Guangzhou, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia in the near future.
A decade ago, (RNA) was flying to 21 international destinations. Its international network has shrunk rapidly since then, reflecting the rot in the company caused by mismanagement and political interference.
August 2016: Nepal Airlines (RNA) has resumed service between Kathmandu (KTM) and Dubai (DXB). On August 18 (RNA) began 3x-weekly flights on the 2,989 km route using its A320s. It last served Dubai in October 2013 when it flew the route with 757s. Competition comes in the shape of flydubai (FDB) which operates 13x-weekly between the 2 airports. For (RNA), this becomes its 8th international destination. (RNA) currently serves Bangkok, Bengaluru, Delhi, Doha, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Mumbai.
December 2016: Nepal Airline Corporation (RNA), the state-owned aviation entity in Nepal, said it could take delivery of 2 of the 4 Chinese aircraft on order by February 2017.
As per the commercial agreement signed between Nepal's national flag carrier (RNA) and Chinese supplier ((AVIC) International Holding in December 2012), Nepal would acquire 6 Chinese aircraft, 2 in grant and 4 in soft loans.
Of them, the (RNA) has already acquired 1 56-seater MA60 and 1 17-seater Y12e delivered under grant component from the Chinese government but it is yet to take delivery of 3 Y12e and 1 MA60 under the loan component. "I cannot confirm the exact date of bringing the remaining Chinese aircraft but I think we can take delivery of 2 of them by February," said Sugat Ratna Kansakar Managing Director of Nepal's national flag carrier.
(RNA) has the plan to bring one MA60 and another Y12e initially before taking delivery of the remaining 2 planes gradually.
The arrival of 2 aircraft is expected to enhance the reliability of (RNA)'s air service. "We have just 1 MA60 and 1 Y12e in operation now. We face trouble to operate our service smoothly when 1 is grounded due to some technical problems," said Kansakar.
"The arrival of new planes will address this situation and save us from any bad publicity." The Chinese side has said all the planes that Nepal had sought to acquire, are ready for delivery since 2015. The aircraft, bearing (RNA) livery and Nepali registration numbers, have been sitting in the factory's hangar since then.
However, (RNA) has been delaying to take delivery, arguing that it has some issues related to spare parts, training, load capacity and insurance with the supplier to be sorted out before taking delivery of those planes.
Earlier in October, Nepal's Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation Ministry instructed (RNA) to take delivery of remaining planes as early as possible by sorting out any issue with the supplier. China Exim Bank has already paid 60% of the cost to the manufacturer which has been paid as a loan to Nepal to purchase the aircraft, according to the Ministry.
"As per the Ministry's instruction, (RNA) and the aircraft supplier, (AVIC) International Holding have already signed 2 or 3 minutes to address the issues we have raised," Kansakar told Xinhua. "We are going to take delivery of the remaining aircraft, once works are done as per the agreement."
Both (RNA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the aviation sector regulator of Nepal, have said they have not found any faults in Chinese aircraft in their technical and technological strength. In fact, (CAAN) has already given type certificate to the Chinese planes, which means the aircraft is manufactured according to an approved design, and that the design ensures compliance with airworthiness requirements.
However, (RNA) said they are a little worried about delay in getting delivery of spare parts, relatively higher insurance cost and load restriction to land at the certain airports of Nepal in the case of Y12e.
According to Kansakar, the load-related issue will now no longer be any problem as (RNA) has already decided to operate the Y12e at the airports where this is no problem at all.
Kansakar also praised the Chinese aircraft of being much cheaper compared to similar aircraft from other manufacturers. "When I checked the aircraft prices of similar aircraft compared to MA60 from other manufacturers, prices are 1.5 to 2x- higher," said Kansakar.
"The Y12e is also cheaper compared to similar planes from other manufacturers from the rich countries."
February 2017: Himalaya Airlines (HML) on February 10 expanded its network with the start of a 5x-weekly service between Kathmandu (KTM) in Nepal and Kuala Lumpur (KUL). The 3,270 km route will be flown by (HML)’s A320s, of which it now has 2, with the 2nd having been delivered recently. The route to Malaysia is already well served by Malindo Airways (MXD) (10x-weekly), Malaysia Airlines (MAS) (daily flights), AirAsia X (ASX) (4x-weekly) and Nepal Airlines (RNA) (3x-weekly).
Himalaya Airlines (HML)s’ existing route network from Kathmandu comprises Colombo and Doha with Yangon starting later this month.
April 2018: Nepal Airlines (RNA) is preparing for the arrival of the 1st of 2 Airbus A330-243s in June, as (RNA) the Nepal flag carrier aims to increase its international business, according to media reports.
The 274-seat A330-243s, currently in final assembly stage in Toulouse, were ordered from Portugese wet-lease specialist Hi Fly (LXA). Hi Fly (LXA) announced via Twitter the 2 new A330-243s will be delivered in June and July 2018.
(RNA) has been challenged by a 2017 -10% market share loss at its Kathmandu hub, because of aircraft unavailability.
According to (RNA), it has entered into a 12-year contract of total-care-package for the aircraft’s Rolls-Royce (RRC) (TRENT 772B-60) engines, including spare engines, if needed.
(RNA) currently operates 2 Airbus A320s and 2 Boeing 757s. (RNA)’s international network includes routes from Kathmandu to Doha (Qatar), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Hong Kong, Bangkok (Thailand) and Dubai as well as to Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai (India).
June 2018: Nepal Airlines (RNA) has taken delivery of the 1st ( of 2 A330-243s, which it will lease from (AAR) Aircraft Sales and Leasing and procured from Airbus (EDS) through a consortium involving Portuguese Hi Fly (LXA) and the German Aviation Capital Corporation.
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0 727-C3 (JT8D) (826-20421, /72 9N-ABD), GROUNDED AT HAMBURG. WFU.
0 727-200 (JT8D), WET-LEASED. RETURNED.
1 757-2F8 (RB211-535E4) (142-23850, /87 9N-ACA "KARNALI"), NOT (ETOPS) EQUIPPED. 16C, 174Y.
1 757-2F8C (RB211-535E4) (182-23863, /88 9N-ACB "GARNADI"), NOT (ETOPS) EQUIPPED. 16C, 174Y/COMBI.
0 757-200, RETURNED (TUE).
0 757-2ZO (RB211-535E4) (833-29793, /98 B-2856), RETURNED (XIN).
0 757-28A (672-26275, /95),LST (TRX), RETURNED (ILF), LEASED TO (JMA).
0 767-200, WET-LEASED 1999-03. RETURNED.
0 767-3Z9ER (PW4056) (165-23765, /88), RETURNED TO (LAL) 2001-06.
0 A310-304 (472, D-APON). RETURNED.
2 A320, WITH SHARKLETS, 2015-02, 8C, 150Y.
1 +1 ORDER A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60) (1878, F-WWYN), THROUGH A CONSORTIUM INVOLVING PORTUGAL HI FLY (LXA), GERMAN AVIATION CAPITAL CORPORATION AND (AAR) AIRCRAFT SALES & LEASING LEASED 2018-06. 274 PAX; 18C, 256Y.
1 B AE HS 748-2A (DART 534-2) (162-1672, /87 9N-ACA), 1799 PARTED OUT 1999-03) 44Y.
3 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTER (PT6A-27) (654 DESTROYED 7/00) (302, /71 9N-ABB - - ACCDT 2014-02 - - SEE ATTACHED ARTICLE; 455, /75 9N-ABM; 638, /79 9N-ABO - - WRITTEN OFF (W O) IN ACCDT - - SEE ARTICLE IN 2013-05 - - "RNA-2013-05 - ACCDT;" 655, /79 9B-ABQ; 812, /84 9N-ABT - - SEE ATTACHED ARTICLE - - "RNA-INCDT-2008-12;" 814, /84 9N-ABU; 830, /85 9N-ABX - - SEE INCDT REPORT IN APRIL 2010), 19Y.
1 MODERN ARC XIAN Y7-MA60 (1007, 9N-AKQ "RARA;" 1008, 9N-AKR "RUPA"), 2017-01. 56Y.
1 +2 ORDERS Y12E (26, 9N-AKS "KOILEE;" 27, 9N-AKT "DANTE"), 2017-02. 17Y.
SUGAT RATNA KANSAKAR, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR.
MADAN KHAREL, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
RAJENDRA MOHAN SINGH, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT (KTMENRA).
CAPTAIN BISWAMBER MAN, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
KESHAR BAHADUR, DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) & FLIGHT SAFETY.
YADAV LAMICHHANE, DIRECTOR FINANCE.
GAUTAM DAS SHRESTHA, DIRECTOR CORPORATE DEPARTMENT.
GANESH THAKUR, DIRECTOR CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT.