Grounded NAC A320 ‘Sagarmatha’ back to operation

National flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) airbus A320-233 ‘9N-AKW’ Sagarmatha that encountered bird strike at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) during landing process has resumed its operation from yesterday.

The aircraft operated its first flight to Dubai from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) after undergoing maintenance in its hanger. The aircraft that was scheduled to fly Dubai on 5th December at 11:30 PM departed on 12:05 AM and landed at Dubai on 4:29 AM.

The aircraft encountered the bird strike incident on November 29 after it departed from Bangalore in a night flight and during arrival at TIA.

NAC have had many disruption in international flights due to frequent problem in its aircrafts. Just after the first wide body aircraft of the corporation ‘9N-ALY’ ‘Annapurna’ came into operation after being grounded for about couple of weeks, the Sagarmatha was grounded.

However, NAC is strongly in process of spreading the market though European Union (EU) has still black-listed Nepali carriers. The corporation has lately held discussion with Japanese team to operate flights to Japan. Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari (MoCTCA) had also stated about ongoing process to operate the flag carrier to Korea during discussion with Public Accounting Committee of Parliament  yesterday.

The corporation operates international flights with its 2 wide body A330 aircraft, 2 narrow body A 320 and 1 Boeing aircraft. Similarly, for domestic flights, the corporation operates with its 3 Twin-otter, 2 MA-60, 4 Y-12e aircraft. The corporation has been operating to 8 international destinations and 22 domestic destinations.

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