The recently added ATR 72-212 ‘9N-AMF’ aircraft of Buddha Air from Air Calédonie has received its airline official livery. The aircraft landed at Tribhuvan International Airport under the command of Nepalese pilots with aircraft having the official livery of Air Calédonie on January 25, 2018.
According to the officials from Buddha Air, the aircraft is scheduled to come into commercial operation from March 1st. The airline currently is working on the documentations work to initiate its operation shortly. The aircraft livery implantation work was accomplished on the Buddha Air’s state-of-the-art closed door hangar located at the Eastern Helipad of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
The ATR 72-500 aircraft will be used to enhance its operational capacity and will be operating in currently scheduled places, officials noted. The aircraft is driven by the pair of PW 127 engines with spacious cabin and can board seventy four passengers including two flight crew members. The aircraft has comfortable ergonomic seats and is renowned to be the fuel efficient.
The airline is also preparing to acquire four additional ATR 72-500 series aircraft to its fleet within the span of 2 years, Mr. Birendra Bahadur Basnet, Managing Director of Buddha Air said.
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.