Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has sent a letter to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) requesting for the approval to operate flights in more than two dozen remote areas. The corporation has written a letter to CAAN in order to operate flights with its 4 Chinese aircraft Harbin Y-12e.
The corporation failed to conduct flight to rural areas when the manufacturing companies did not provide performance review in the last four years since its arrival. The performance review chart done by the corporation itself in the past showed that the aircraft was not eligible for Y 12-e aircraft to conduct flights to rural areas.
Recently, the Chinese manufacturing company sent the document along with performance reviews of Y-12e aircraft a few ago stating eligibility of the aircraft to operate in rural areas. Officials of NAC stated that the corporation conducted a test flight after seeing the possibility of operating flights. After receiving the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from CAAN, the corporation will operate flight immediately, he added.
Previously, the corporation conducted a test flight successfully at STOL airfields. The corporation has 4 Harbin Y-12e aircraft, 2 de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter and 2 Xian MA-60 for domestic flights.
The NAC official had vowed to deploy all the aircraft for commercial operation for the upcoming main festival, Dashain. NAC planned to deploy its Chinese manufactured Harbin Y-12E STOL aircraft. NAC also plans to extend its service to other STOL destinations like Lukla, Simikot, Dolpa, Rara, and Jumla with its fleet of four Harbin Y-12E aircraft in the coming future.