Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is preparing for the arrival of the first of two Airbus A330s in June, as the flag carrier aims to increase its international business.
The 274-seat A330s, in final assembly stage in Toulouse, 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.
According to NAC, it has entered into a 12-year contract of total-care-package for the aircraft’s Rolls-Royce engines, including spare engines, if needed.
NAC currently operates two Airbus A320s and a Boeing 757s. The carrier’s international network includes routes from Kathmandu to Doha (Qatar), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Hong Kong, Bangkok (Thailand) and Dubai as well to Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai (India).