Buddha Air who is planning to initiate international flight operation with jetliners is observing and evaluating Boeing 737 Max simulator training at Seattle, USA. Captain Pramod Thapa is on his visit to The Boeing Company for the observation of the simulator training of Boeing 737 Max series aircraft.
Previously, two high officials from the Boeing Company arrived on 4th February to discuss the feasibility of operating Boeing with Buddha.
The team comprising of Suvendoo Ray, senior director of International Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes and David M Schulte, regional marketing director of Asia Pacific & India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes has already started discussions about features of their aircraft with Buddha Air.
The team suggested Boeing 737 Max 8 series aircraft for Buddha Air for which Capt. Thapa departed to Boeing Company, USA for necessary observations.
Besides, Buddha Air has also received suggestion from another European aircraft manufacturer Airbus for A319.
The international operations of the jet aircraft can be expected to commence after the initialization of Pokhara Regional International Airport according to the Managing Director for Buddha Air Mr. Birendra Bahadur Basnet.
Previously, Buddha Air announced it will be operating as many as 20 aircraft of Airbus 320 series however, the company is now attracted towards Boeing 737 Max series.
Buddha Air has plans to operate flights to Indian Cities from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) after receiving two narrow-body jets by March 2020 whereas by August 2021, the company will be adding two more aircraft and commence the operations from the Pokhara International Airport.
Mr Birendra Basnet, Director of Buddha Air stated that Buddha Air will own 6 aircraft by 2022 and will be able to operate direct flights from Kathmandu to Moscow, Seoul and Japan. “After conducting flights to these destinations, it will be easy to bring tourists in Nepal and result in providing more employment opportunities,” he added. Pokhara International Airport, the upcoming international airport’s construction work is expected to be finished by July 2021.