Saurya Airline has set an ambitious plan with its new management. After selling the airlines of Deepak Kumar Pokharel to a group of Shyam Adhikari the new management is preparing to add aircraft in its fleet along with strategy to expand flights services.
Mukesh Khanal, chief of Market management of Saurya Airlines stated that new management will be fully owned by the airlines within 15 days. According to him, Project report (Planning report) has already been prepared. According to that plan, the carrier has planned to add three aircrafts by investing more than NRs. 2 Billions.
According to the airline, two aircraft will be purchased shortly, and within 6 months the new aircraft will have already commenced flight operation. Similarly, the company is preparing to replace CRJ-200 (Canadian Regional Jet) which is operating flights presently with another type of aircraft.
“CRJ-200 consumes more air fuel while the company needs to operate at cheap rate so; it will be phasing CRJ aircrafts out until by the time new aircrafts arrive.” Khanal said. The company which is about to buy new aircraft has to be Q-400 aircraft of the Canadian company which have 82 seat capacity.
The company is in process to send letter to Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) this week in order to add new aircrafts. The company is also preparing to ask FLEET AID (permission to be taken for operating another type aircraft while conducting flights with another type aircraft) to Ministry.
Saurya Airlines will be operating to Pokhara, Nepalgunj, Janakpur, Rajbiraj and other potential areas after addition of new aircrafts. Currently, Saurya Airlines has been conducting flights to Bhairahawa, Biratnagar, Nepagunj, Bhadrapur and Dhangadi. Saurya Airlines is conducting 5 flights a day.
Pending dues of TIA to be cleared within this week
Khanal informed that the pending due of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is in process of clearing and the company is in final preparation to clear all remaining dues this week.
The carrier paid NRs 1.1 Millions to TIA on Sunday (November 18). After clearing all pending dues, the carrier will be able to conduct regular flights. TIA has been giving ultimatum to Saurya Airlines to clear all remaining dues. TIA warned Saurya Airlines cutting off its flight hours upon failure to clear dues from November 18, 2018. The charge to be cleared by Saurya includes landing and parking fee, air navigation service charge, security charge, airport service fee and so on.