The national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is all set to receive its first ever wide-body Airbus A330 ‘Annapurna’ with registration ‘9N-ALY’ as the aircraft is scheduled to arrive Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at around 8:30 am local time tomorrow. Spokesperson of NAC informed that the aircraft will be departing from France tonight under the command of foreign pilots.
Managing Director Sugat Ratna Kansakar, Engineer Paras and law expert Aavash along with 3 other technical officials from Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) are doing necessary works to bring the aircraft from Toulouse, France.
The first A330 will initiate commercial flights to Dubai after a month. Since there is a regulation that new aircraft can only fly in new route after flying 2-3 months in the existing routes, so it will fly in new routes only after 3 months.
The 2nd wide-body A330 nicknamed as ‘Dhaulagiri’ will be arriving by the end of July as it has already completed necessary test flights.
The two A330-200s, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, will feature a two-class cabin configuration that will seat a total of 274 passengers—18 in business class and 256 in economy class.