Chinese made Harbin Y12-e aircraft, which have been grounded for long time is going to come into operation soon. The aircraft owned by flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) had been grounded for long time resulting lots of loss to the corporation.
The airlines is set to bring the aircraft into operation within couple of months.
One of the 4 aircraft was grounded for maintenance whereas rest 3 had been grounded due to lack of instructor pilot.
The only instructor pilot of the aircraft Ang Noori Sherpa had previously asked for resignation and flew to the USA. Due to unavailability of instructor pilot to check pilot proficiency of other captains, the aircraft was not being operated.
NAC has stated that instructor pilot Sherpa has been retained by the corporation after his resignation was not approved and is currently in Nepal and has been operating one of the Chinese aircraft.
2 of the old captains, Sanjay Bade and Nripendra Bhattrai had to be grounded after Sherpa left as they were unable to fly the aircraft due to lack of renewal of their pilot proficiency check (PPC) by an instructor Pilot.
The pilots PPC is now set to be renewed and they will also take some ground training stated the corporation. The process is set to take around a month or more and the corporation hopes to operate the aircraft within couple of months.
The Chinese aircraft have not been beneficial to Nepal Airlines pertaining to domestic market and has been compensating the loss through the profit obtained from international flights.
The Chinese aircraft have been grounded constantly due to technical glitch and other more than they are flying for serving passengers.