Buddha Air will be receiving its additional ATR 72-500 shortly as the aircraft has already departed from New Caledonia and is scheduled to land at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on 25th January.
At present the ATR 72-500 is at Malaysia and is scheduled to reach Bangkok today. As per the information received, the aircraft will have stopover for today and tomorrow at Bangkok and will depart directly to Kathmandu the next day as it is scheduled to arrive after 6 PM local time on 25th January at TIA.
Officials from Buddha Air departed to take the delivery of an additional ATR-72 aircraft on January 9. Teams including 2 flight crews, 1 operational staff, 2 B1/B2 Licensed Engineer, 1 Quality Assurance Staff, 1 Airworthiness Staff and one official from Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) are in the team for bringing the aircraft.
This is the third aircraft (registration ‘F-OIPS’) Buddha Air is buying from New Caledonia Company as it procured one ATR 72-500 registered as F-OIPN (9N-AMD) in February last year and ATR 42-310 registered as F-OIAM (9N-AIN) 10 years ago. The aircraft has also been allocated with Nepalese registration ‘9N-AMF’ to carry its ferry flight.
The added aircraft will come into operation after 3 months after its arrival and will be used to enhance its operational capacity and will be operating in currently scheduled places.