Yeti Airlines has added ATR 72-500 aircraft to its fleet today. This sixth plane of Yeti landed at Tribhuvan International Airport at 15:15 on Monday.
Yeti has leased the 70-seat aircraft from an Australian Company. The aircraft was brought to Nepal from Australia, Singapore, and Thailand, said Sudarshan Bertaula, the company’s spokesperson and head of air security.
The first flight of the MSN No. 986 series aircraft occurred in 2011. The company has claimed that the aircraft, which flew only 10,000 cycles, is the latest aircraft to fly in Nepal. ATR aircraft has a total of 70,000 cycles. One landing is counted as one cycle.
Spokesman Bertaula informed that with the increased number of aircraft, the company had adopted a policy of expanding its services to the destinations it currently flies to. After completing the necessary paperwork and painting, the aircraft will fly before Dashain. We believe that this will help to meet the shortage of tickets during Dashain’, he said, ‘We will add one more plane within this financial year, and then the service will be expanded to new destinations.’
The company said that after the addition of the aircraft, five aircraft would be flown as a base, and one aircraft would be kept as a backup and used for maintenance and flight delays.
The ATR 72-500 represents the latest generation of turboprop aircraft. This aircraft, with a capacity of 70 seats, is considered to be the best aircraft with a turboprop engine. The ATR 72-500 powered by PW127 engines is considered the best for an aircraft of this size. The company said that the noise and vibration are less than in other aircraft, and the interior is excellent so that it will be comfortable during the flight.
This aircraft emits about 50 percent less carbon per passenger-km than newer generation jets and three times less carbon than older aircraft. Yeti Airlines is the first carbon-neutral airline in South Asia.