The first wide-body Airbus A330-243 ‘9N-ALY’ of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is expected to land at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Thursday (June 28) as it completed customer acceptance flight on June 22. The aircraft will be arriving from Toulouse, France as a ferry flight under the command of two foreign pilots.
Shailesh Kansakar, NAC’s assistant spokesperson stated that after 8-hour journey the aircraft is expected to touch down Kathmandu at around 8 am morning time.
Spokesperson Mr. Rabindra Shrestha has already reached France for administrative work to accept the aircraft whereas the team with Managing Director of NAC, Sugat Ratna Kansakar will also depart to France today.
The new airbus will be operated by senior pilots of corporation. The corporation has planned to operate flights at Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia, Doha of Qatar, Dubai at the beginning. Shortly after completing the process, scheduled flights will be inaugurated at Korea and Japan by wide-body aircraft.
The Second A330 which has already completed its test flight will arrive by late July. The two A330-200s, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, will feature a two-class cabin configuration that will seat a total of 274 passengers—18 in business class and 256 in economy class.