NAC’s Boeing 757 ‘9N-ACB’ landed back to Kathmandu yesterday at around 1 pm after the completion of 2 month long C-Check at the ST-Aerospace, Singapore.
The arrival of the aircraft will now normalize the NAC’s international flight operations as it will be initiating commercial flight operation from tomorrow.
The aircraft was scheduled to arrive on September 14 but there was some malfunction on its aircraft landing gear and required some inspection. The aircraft took two months for the completion of the scheduled C-Check for NAC’s Boeing 757. C-Check is the advanced maintenance check requiring a majority of the aircraft’s components to be inspected.
Earlier couple of month, NAC was forced to break-off some of the schedule international flight service due to lack of aircraft in its fleet, as it could not lease any aircraft for the replacement of its Boeing 757 service.
NAC had suspended its flights to Dubai and Delhi and had also reduced its flights to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Doha and Hong Kong. NAC usually operates three flights each to Bangkok, Bangalore, Bombay, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong and four flights to Doha and Dubai in a week making it 23 flights a week, besides fourteen weekly flights to New Delhi.
NAC has a capacity of operating two flights a day on average. During emergencies, it operates only one aircraft to five different destinations. Along with NAC, there are a number of international airlines that will also increase their flight frequency to manage passenger flow during the peak season.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and China Eastern, Tibet Airlines, etc are have applied to increase their flight frequency for the peak season, and some of them have already received permission.