National flag carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has received Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) to fly to Japan.
NAC received AOC on Friday to operate flight on Kathmandu-Osaka sector with the Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft.
The airline received permission from CAAN as any airline has to receive permission from their own civil aviation authority to fly to new sector.
The airline will now start procedure to acquire flight permission from Japanese Authority.
The corporation is hopeful to fly to Japan by February end or beginning of March and is pacing up the process to acquire permission from Japanese authority as it will take around 1 month to prepare for flight after receiving the permission.
Without receiving the permission, the airline will not be able to work on promotion and ticketing.
The airline is also planning to operate to China around a month after commencing flight to Japan.
According to the NAC, it has already appointed Beijing Longway International Travel Service for General Sales Agent (GSA) for conducting flight to Guangzhou.
NAC will be operating flights to Guangzhou by its Airbus-330 and Airbus-320 aircraft.
The airline has recently called for sealed Request for Proposal from interested 4 or 5 star hotel to provide service of crew layover at Osaka, Japan hinting that the flight permission will be granted soon to the airline.
Allotting 400 weekly seats, Nepal and Japan had signed the BASA on February 17, 1993. Before the suspension of the national flag carrier on the route due to lack of aircraft, it used to fly to Osaka via Shanghai till 2008.
The corporation operates international flights with its 2 wide body A330 aircraft, 2 narrow body A 320 and 1 Boeing aircraft