Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), national flag carrier has announced to conduct proving flight of first wide-body Airbus A330-243 by the first week of Shrawan 2075 (after mid July).
Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) is planning to bring Inspection Officer from Sri Lanka for conducting proving flight giving priority to air security.
Deputy Director General of CAAN, Rajan Pokharel said that due to lack of Inspection officer in Nepal, the authority is planning to bring the Inspection officer from Sri Lanka.
Rabindra Shrestha, spokesperson of NAC stated that proving flight will be conducted on Kathmandu-Delhi route. He also informed that Airbus A330 arrived at June 28, 2018 is continuing in obtaining Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). Likewise, the proving flight will be conducted without passenger on board. Regarding the registration, it may take two weeks time.
The authority requested Co-operative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Air worthiness Program-South Asia (COSCAP) for Flight Inspection from Sri Lanka.
According to Deputy Pokharel, in the near future, the Authority will also prepare manpower to inspect Airbus A330. He also informed that the process of certifying Airbus A330 is going on. Apart from this, he said that maintenance and operation arrangement is in process.
The corporation has announced to operate flights in seven days a week with its new wide body aircraft in Doha, Qatar. At present, the corporation is operating Doha flights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Regarding commercial flight, new wide-body aircraft has taken a target to fly in Japan within September, 2018. Shrestha told that the corporation is preparing to fly directly from Kathmandu to Narita International Airport near Tokyo, Japan.