Mr. Bhim Raj Rai, Ground Handling Manager of Yeti Airlines stated that all the formal documents required for flight permission have been submitted to Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and possibly the commercial flight will be operated within 8-10 days.
The Carrier is putting a large amount effort to conduct scheduled flight to Bhadrapur and Pokhara in order to meet of facilitating Nepal to achieve its target of 2 million tourist arrivals by the year 2020, Mr. Rai added.
3rd ATR of Yeti Airlines with MSN-776 landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on September 18, 2018, at 02:10 PM NST approximately at 1450 hours after its flight from France-Toulouse-Italy-Egypt via Muscat to Kathmandu Nepal. The crew members on board were Captain Pramod Poudel, Captain Ramod Kunwar Shrestha, and Captain Surendra Kunwar, Flight Dispatcher Mr. Santa Prajapati, Senior Engineer Mr. Suresh Kumar Bajracharya & CAAN representative Mr. Bharat Raj Parajuli.
The airline had received second ATR 72-500 with registration ‘9N-AMM’ on September 15, 2017, whereas its first-ever ATR 72-212A series aircraft registered with ‘9N-AMN’ landed on July 22, 2017, in Nepal. The company has plans to add a total of 4 ATR72s within 2019 out of which one will be acquired in 2018.
The ATR72-500 is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft manufactured by the French-Italian consortium ATR. With its superior build and performance, the ATR72 has become one of the most successful regional carriers in the world, steadily expanding and entering into new global markets.
The airline presently owns 6 BAE Jetstream 41 and 3 ATR 72-500 operating flights to Biratnagar, Pokhara, Bhadrapur, Bharatpur, Janakpur, Bhairahawa, and Nepalgunj along with mountain flights while its subsidiary Tara Air fleet includes two Dornier Do 228, three De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter and one Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otter operating flights to Simikot, Jomsom, Bajura, Jumla, Lukla, Phaplu Rara and so on.