Buddha air, the largest private airline company of Nepal has received its 12th aircraft; ATR72-500 aircraft.
Around a week ago, a technical team of Buddha air went to ATR in Toulouse, France to receive the aircraft. The aircraft with call sign 9N-AMY touched down at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at around 8:30 pm yesterday.
Along with the newly arrived ATR aircraft, the carrier owns seven ATR 72-500 aircraft, three ATR 42-320 and two Beechcraft 1900D aircraft in its fleet.
The newly arrived ATR aircraft will commence commercial flight from next month after completing livery implantation process and other documentation procedure along with technical work. The added aircraft will help in maintaining flights while previous aircraft undergoes regular maintenance.
The airline is set to increase flights in international as well as domestic sector. The airline will be performing 3 daily flights to Nepalgunj from 24 March onward and 3 weekly flights to Kolkata from May end.
According to the press release, Buddha air will be operating regular flights to Kolkata, India from jestha 13 2076.
The airline will conduct flights on the pre-scheduled routine which is 3 weekly Kolkata flight on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The airline has already announced airfare rate of NRs. 24,000 for Kathmandu-Kolkata sector.
The carrier has also make travel package of various religious destinations targeting Indian and Nepali tourists.
The airline also topped domestic flight in 2018 with highest number of flights being operated and service provided to passengers.
The airline holds around 52% of market share in domestic market and the addition of new aircraft is set to increase the market share.
The airline is working effectively to promote ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’, and the addition of flight as well as flight sector is set to help the airlines in achieving its aim.
After successful flights to Calcutta, the airline will be operating flights to various South Asian major cities after around 1 and half year after initiating flight to Calcutta jet powered aircraft.
The airlines is providing services to Nepalgunj, Bhairahawa, Bharatpur, Simara, Janakpur, Biratnagar, Bhadrapur, Pokhara, Dhangadi and Tumlingtar from TIA along with Mountain Flights as well as flights to Indian city Varanasi. Buddha Air celebrated its completion of 21 years of service in Nepali Aviation Market last year with ATR company officials.
Established on 23 April 1996, with a fleet of a Beech-craft 1900D manufactured by Raytheon Aircraft (now Hawker Beech-craft), Buddha Air is the largest domestic airline operator of Nepal.