The recently acquired ATR 72-212 ‘9N-AMF’ aircraft of Buddha Air from Air Calédonie is now under the phase of changing its livery to the airline official livery. The oldest domestic carrier of Nepal ‘Buddha Air’ had added the additional ATR 72-212A series aircraft on January 25, 2018. The aircraft landed at Tribhuvan International Airport under the command of Nepalese pilots with aircraft having the official livery of Air Calédonie.
Buddha Air Officials stated that the aircraft is now under the phase of changing its livery to the airline official livery for which it is now being painted at Buddha Air’s state-of-the-art closed door hangar located at the Eastern Helipad of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). The added aircraft will come into operation on the March of this year and will be used to enhance its operational capacity in currently scheduled destinations, stated source.
The airline is also preparing to acquire four additional ATR 72-500 series aircraft to its fleet within the span of 2 years. The company will make an investment of Rs 4 billion to purchase four ATR 72-500 series aircrafts to extend their flight operation to different cities of India. Mr. Birendra Bahadur Basnet, Managing Director of Buddha Air said, “We are working insistently to increase our market share. That’s why we are making an additional investment of Rs 4 billion”.
Established on 23 April 1996, with a fleet of a Beechcraft 1900D manufactured by Raytheon Aircraft (now Hawker Beechcraft) is a largest airline operator of Nepal today with a fleet of 10 aircraft, an employee base of 850, occupies 63 percent market share of domestic flights and is operating domestics as well as international service..