Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), national flag carrier is expected to take the delivery of one Airbus A330-200 wide body by the first week of June, 2018 whereas another A330 will be received after one month of the arrival of the first one.
According to the Corporation, the company has scheduled the arrival of second A330-200 after one month of arrival of first one at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) that is on mid of July.
As per the information, five members technical team of NAC is departing to France this week for inspecting the manufacturing of A330-200 aircraft.
The corporation has invested around 24 billion to purchase two new aircraft. According to the first installment, NAC had sent Nrs. 8 billion to AAR Corporation and made agreement to take loan of 12billion each from Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Citizen Investment Trust. Remaining amount will be paid before the arrival of the aircraft.
The sales and purchase agreement for two wide-body Airbus A330-200 was signed by NAC and AAR Corp on April 7, 2017, becoming a historic event for NAC and Nepali aviation industry. HI Fly Company based in Lisbon, Portugal is the current owner of both the factory made wide-body jet aircraft and NAC will be acquiring both aircraft from the company through the agreement made with AAR Crop.
According to Rabindra Shrestha, spokesperson of NAC has stated that the corporation will be conducting scheduled flight to Osaka Airport, Japan and Seoul Incheon Airport, Korea in the first phase. Japan has called NAC for the air service agreement, he added.
Airbus A330-200 which will be the aircraft to conduct long haul flight for Nepal. NAC has announced to increase flight frequencies to major destinations like Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Doha. Also, it has planned to launch flight operation to four new long-haul routes namely Seoul (South Korea), Tokyo (Japan), Dammam (Saudi Arabia) and Sydney (Australia) after the arrival of A330s aircraft.