Ministry investigating the procurement protocol of NAC’s 2 wide-body aircraft

Posted on by Pinkey Rai

Lots of controversies have been arising on the procurement of two wide-body aircraft by Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC). Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has initiated the investigation after various media, critics and the public started criticizing NAC for obtaining two aircraft by deception.

A team of 5 members has been formed for investigation under the supervision of Suresh Acharya, Joint Secretary for MoCTCA. Mukti Pandey and Ashok Sigdel, member of an operational committee of the corporation, Ritesh Raj Panta, Deputy Director of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and Pilot BM Amatya of CAAN.

The report prepared by the investigation team will be made public soon after the review of the entire contents of the procurement of two wide-body aircraft.

It has been said that without direct purchase, the corporation took delivery of two wide-bodies A330-243 series aircraft through 4 brokers in the cost of over $520 million where Manufacturing Serial Number (MSN) are dissimilar including less Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW).

The corporation has not provided the required documentation to the investigation team despite promising to do so.

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