Nepal Airlines’ 2nd A330 completes first successful test flight at Toulouse

The second wide-body A330 for Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has successfully completed its test flight yesterday at Toulouse, France.

The aircraft leasing company Hi Fly tweeted, “The second brand new Airbus A330 from the Hi Fly direct order has successfully completed its first flight in Toulouse yesterday, on time for an expected delivery in late July.”

The aircraft after necessary test flights will undergo complete painting job soon. The first A330 with registration ‘9N-ALY’ is already ready for delivery and is expected to touch down Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on June 28.

The 274-seater A330s, were ordered from Portuguese wet-lease specialist Hi Fly. Airbus and Hi Fly announced via Twitter the two new A330-200s will be delivered in June and July 2018. Nepal Airlines has been challenged by a 2017 10% market share loss at its Kathmandu hub, because of aircraft unavailability.

The first commercial flight via the 274 seater wide-body aircraft is scheduled to be to Dubai on August 1. NAC currently operates international flights via two narrow-body Airbus aircraft and one Boeing 757. is preparing to send $68.20 million (approximately Rs 6.81 billion) which is the remaining money to pay for its first new Airbus 330-243 wide-body aircraft.


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