A new chopper for Manang Air, AS350 B3e (H125) Helicopter, designed and built by Airbus Helicopter Company in France for commercial operations in the country has arrived in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) today. The dismantled aircraft arrived inside a container via road, dispatched from Kolkata of India. The dismantled aircraft arrived to Kolkata via Air Cargo and then traveled to Nepal via roadway.
The assembling work of the newly bought chopper will be carried out in TIA with the co ordination from manufacturer’s technicians and engineers as previously mentioned by company officials. The company will conduct its test flight once the assembling work of the chopper gets accomplished.
The estimated cost of the AS350B3e (H125) is NRs. 31 million as per the manufactured, Airbus Helicopter Company. The new H125 has obtained Nepalese registration of ‘9N-ANJ.’ The new chopper features full glass cockpit with Garmin G500H avionics integrated cockpit.
To fulfill the growing demand and to cater to different kinds of requirements of the customers, Manang has purchased new Airbus AS350 B3e back to back. While the company ‘9N-ALC’ crashed at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla on 14th April 2019 after Summit Air Czech-built Let 410 veered halfway down Lukla’s short, sloping runway and slammed into a Manang Air Airbus H125.
With this new addition, Manang Air now has 02 helicopters in its fleet. Manang’s dedication to safety and quality service has enabled it to continue being the most preferred helicopter company in Nepal. The arrival of new aircraft makes Manang more empowered and committed to provide the safest and the best flying experience to its diverse customer base.
The H125 series are currently in-service worldwide and are mainly used for high-performance missions in high & hot environmental conditions. The H125 is a member of Airbus Helicopters’ rugged and proven Ecureuil family and some 6,000 Ecureuils have been delivered in nearly 120 countries for some 1,800 operators.