Foreign team evaluating Nepal Airlines’ Boeing 757 ‘9N-ACB’

An expert team from Switzerland has been studying and evaluating Boeing 757 ‘9N-ACB’ “Gandaki”, the last Boeing aircraft of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) to submit an evaluation report within a week.

Fintech Company’s expert team from Switzerland has come to Nepal to evaluate the Boeing 757 aircraft of the corporation which has already completed over 30 years of operation.

Sugat Ratna Kansakar, Managing Director of the corporation stated that expert team has begun the evaluation work of Boeing 757-200 from Wednesday.

The corporation will get Boeing’s final evaluation report within a month after the team returns to Switzerland. In the report, the status of the aircraft’s engine and age, at how much cost it can be sold will be included.

After preparing the report, the corporation has planned to call for a  global tender to sell its aircraft within 2019. “It is very expensive to repair Boeing as it is very old aircraft. So we have decided to sell it,” Kansakar added.

30-year-old Boeing 757 is still in operation and have been conducting flights to Hongkong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Doha, Dubai, New Delhi, Banglore, and Mumbai.

Three international companies: Flight global of Singapore, FinTech of Switzerland and International aviation group of UK had submitted the proposal for evaluating the last Boeing with the corporation.

According to international practice, public proposal invitation was published on May 4, 2018 by keeping ultimatum of 21 days for evaluation.

Out of two Boeing aircraft of the corporation, Boeing 757 with Callsign 9N-ACA was sold in January 2018. BB Airways bought NAC’s Boeing 757 ‘9N-ACA’ aircraft. Owner of BB Airways Mr. Bhawan Bhatta bought the aircraft for Nrs. 146 million in the month of January 2018.

The corporation has expected to sell “Gandaki” with a good amount as it is still in operation. NAC is phasing out Boeing aircraft and slowly procuring Airbus aircraft. At present, NAC operates international flight operation with 5 aircraft (2 Airbus A320, 2 Airbus A330 and a Boeing 757). Besides, the corporation is also planning to procure A320 neos.

The corporation is also planning to introduce Japan, Korea, and Australia as its new destination.

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