NAC preparing 4 flights a week to Japan; invites proposal for ground handling

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), national flag carrier has invited Sealed Quotations from all the interested Commercial Ground Handling Service Provider (Authorized by the concerned Airport Authority/Local Civil Aviation Authority) for providing Ground Handling Services at Narita International Airport, Japan.

The corporation has called for a public offer on Sunday for providing repair and engineering services at Narita Airport alongside ground handling. The deadline to submit the proposal is on 22nd July, 2018 (within 15 days).

Spokesperson of NAC, Rabindra Shrestha stated that the corporation is preparing to conduct direct flight from Kathmandu to Narita International Airport near Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan from September, 2018. The flights will be conducted on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week. Regarding this, the corporation has announced public proposal to provide ground handling, maintenance and engineering services at Narita Airport.

According to him, the corporation called for proposal for ground handling for its newly arrived A330-243 series having capacity of 274 seats, Boeing 757-200 with 190 seating capacity and A320-200 series having 158 seats.

According to the corporation, the maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of A330 aircraft will be 230 tons whereas A320 will be 77 tons and B757 will be 110 tons. The ground handling fee of these aircraft varies according to its weights.

“Ground handling fee will be checked monthly, annual or every flight, “Shrestha said. On public announcement, the corporation has included grounding service requirement in basic packages, leaving engineer and maintenance services separately. Similarly, Flight no.433 has been assigned to flight from Kathmandu to Narita and flight no.434 assigned to flight returning to Kathmandu from Narita.

In the beginning, we are in a business plan to operate 4 flights in a week, Spokesperson said. He also added that the flight frequency will be increased in accordance with the demand and increase in air passenger.

The bilateral air agreement between Japan and Nepal conducted on the first week of June has been reviewed which allowed both nation to operate 14-14 flights. Apart from the national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation from Nepal, the government has allowed other carrier to allow flight from 14 flights and such rules apply to Japan too.

According to a agreement with Japan from two and a half decades ago, the airlines from both countries could operate 2 flights with its 400 seats aircraft. Government of Japan has provided green signal for Nepalese Carrier to land at all the airport in Japan except Haneda Airport in Tokyo during the discussions over amending the air service agreement (ASA) between the two countries.

After being unable to operate flights at the airport of Haneda, now the best option is Narita International Airport. The national flag carrier used to fly to Osaka via Shanghai until 2008 when it was forced to suspend the route due to lack of aircraft.


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