Tara Air proceeds to add three Viking aircraft in its fleet
Kathmandu – 02 August 2016
Tara Air, the sister airline company of Yeti Airlines has signed a multi-aircraft purchase agreement with Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Colombia for three Viking Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft. The aircraft are estimated to be delivered between September 2016 and early 2017.
The Series 400 Twin Otters will be delivered in regional commuter configuration and will be added to Tara Air’s existing fleet of Series 400 and legacy Twin Otter aircraft as part of their expansion plan to offer the widest passenger connectivity to the STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) remote rural regions of Nepal.
As the modifications incorporated in the new aircraft that vastly improve safety for operations in the mountainous regions of the country Tara Air selected the Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft, according to the reports.
Peter Walker, Viking’s regional sales director for Africa, commented, “To have Tara Air return to Viking to purchase additional Series 400 Twin Otters is a testament to the quality of the aircraft and its ability to reliably operate in the remote regions of Nepal,” the Middle East and Asia. Operating aircraft in over the adverse terrain and weather is a challenge according to which the aircraft must perform and Tara Air selecting the series 400 aircraft to do this job shows this aircraft to be the best of kind, he added.
Tara Air established in 2009 is a sister company to Yeti Airlines which has got the identity as biggest airline service provider in the Nepalese mountains. The company landed in aviation with the mission of helping develop the rural Nepal, and has concentrated service in the hills and mountains of the country from the Far East to the Far West.
Tara Air currently operates a fleet of several STOL aircraft, comprised of Series 400 Twin Otters, legacy de Havilland Series 300 Twin Otters, and Dornier 228 series aircraft to fly in the most inaccessible locations of Nepal.