Nepal flag carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has planned to purchase new aircraft while still not coming the end of dispute on procuring process of Airbus A330 series aircraft.
After completion of examining the issues of the procurement process by Parliamentary committees, NAC has aimed to start the purchase new aircraft. According to the corporation’s plan, three narrow body aircraft will be purchased within 2020.
Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), Rabindra Adhikari stated that new destination will be added as per the flight capacity of aircraft and the process of adding new aircraft in its fleet will be started.
Minister Adhikari said that Parliamentary committees are investigating in the issues of the procurement process and strict actions would be taken if anyone found guilty.
Only a few months ago, the operational committee of NAC had decided to purchase 3 narrow body aircraft.
Recently, Minister Adhikari has directed Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) to give a consistent message by increasing service efficiency.
Talking to senior officers of the corporation on November 27, Minister Adhikari asked NAC to make the structure of the corporation effective and to give strong reply by positive messages. He has also advised to fulfill obligations without listening to unnecessary rumors and bring change along with the time. He urged the officials to go ahead with optimistic thinking.
Madan Kharel, newly appointed executive chairman of NAC stated that the corporation is actively involved in operating the aircraft including management reform. “The internal management and service reinforcement of the corporation has carried out at the war level.” he added.
Leaving all the problems and bad vibes, the corporation has been planning to operate flights to new destinations by A330 aircraft and planned program for effective strategies to fight the market demands. A330 is preparing to operate in Seoul, South Korea and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia within a few months.
Kharel informed that the required process has been started by aiming to operate flights at Osaka, Japan from February and Guangzhou, China from March.
He also informed that the corporation will be operating 3 flights weekly from the first week of February in Osaka, Japan whereas after one month, it will also operate 3 flights weekly in Guangzhou, China. “The required manpower and staffs will be arranged for Japan flights within 15 days”, he added.
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-otters, 2 MA-60s, 4 Y-12e aircrafts. The corporation has been operating to 8 international destinations and 22 domestic destinations.