NAC Decided To Fly Chinese Aircraft; Harbin Y12-e from Mid-September, 2016
– Anurup pathak
August 25, 2016; Kathmandu
Couple of years ago Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) had been gifted two Chinese aircraft Xian MA-60 and Harbin Y-12e by china for giving an order of 1 MA-60 and 3 Y-12e. Out of two Chinese aircraft, Harbin Y-12e has been grounded in Nepal Airlines hangar more than nine months at Tribhuvan International Airport due to the of lack of pilots and is being as the burden of NAC eventually has now decided to resume its flight service in domestic sector by mid-September to handle the rush on domestic routes during the festive season.
Although the Y12-e has never been lucky to Nepal Airlines, after being ready to fly passing a series of maintenance effort could not able to fly again after the instructor pilot Captain Aangnuri Sherpa submitted a resignation letter to the authority unexpectedly extremely affecting the preparation for the regular Schedule flight, said Mr. Buddhi Sagar Lamichhani, joint secretary at the Tourism Ministry. He also added that they have decided to hire another instructor pilot from Tonga and all the formalities are likely to be completed soon.
As per the source, after the operation of Chinese aircraft Harbin Y-12e the NAC will have four aircraft on service to domestic route for the rush during the festive season-Two DHC-6 Twin Otter, two Xian MA-60 and four Harbin Y-12e. As the increment numbers of passengers during the festive season from mid-September the Nepal’s Domestic Aircraft operators face a tremendous traffic load towards the Domestic Airlines.
According to the spokesperson for NAC, we are in the process to make the optimum fights of our four aircraft to serve the domestic rush during upcoming festive seasons. NAC has also been planning to repair a DHC-6 Twin Otter which has been out of service for a years, said Mr. Kansakar.