• Passenger traffic on airports of Nepal

    09 Aug

    Nepal , where only few people supposed to travel using the airlines but the fact is amazing yearly near 50000 people use the air way as their first medium to travel around the Nepal.

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    Tumlingtat Airport

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    Gautam Buddha Airport , Bhairawaha

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    Bharatpur Airport, Chitwan

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    Biratnagar Airport, Biratnagar

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    Chandragadi Airport, Bhadrapur, Jhapa

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    Dhangadi Airport, Dhangadi

    Janakpur

    Janakpur Airport, Janakpur

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    Jomsom Airport , Jomson

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    Jumla Airport, Jumla

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    Most Dangerous airport of Nepal, Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla

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    Nepalgunj Airport, Nepalgunj

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    Pokhara Airport, Pokhara

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    Simikot Airport

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    Surkhet Airport

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    Tribhuvan International Airport, Domestic , Kathmandu

     

  • Arrival of Nepal Airlines Airbus A320 – Sagarmatha

    11 Feb
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    Nepal Airlines Sagarmatha-A320

    Like the arrival of a new born baby to the family, the Nepalese community were overwhelmed by the arrival of a new fleet of national flag bearer international airplane at Tribhuwan International Airport on 8th February, Sunday, 2015. The plane named as “Sagarmatha” after the highest mountain of the world and pride of Nepal Mt.Everest received a grand welcome with traditional music, cultural ceremonies and fountain applause as per international practice.

    The plane with Mathwer and Shrawan Rijal on the cockpit as the Pilot and Co-Pilot had Tourism Minister Deepak Chandra Amatya, NAC Chairman Shiva Sharan Neupane, NAC Managing Director Madab Kharel and engineers and officials from NAC and Civil Aviation authority of Nepal; who were the 18 on board passengers of the first flight of Sagarmatha from DOHA to KATHMANDU. At the hanger of TIA the welcome ceremony puja was conducted by the Managing Director Of NAC Madab Kharel.

    The 158 seater Airbus A320-20 model airplane, will be starting its commercial flight from the end of this month. At current the flight will be connecting KATHMANDU and DELHI. A purchase of two same modeled airplanes was done with the French Airbus Company at the Airshow held at Qatar last year. The arrival of the next airplane is scheduled for April of 2015. The next airplane will be named after the birth place of Lord Buddha “Lumbini”.

    Nepalese were excited by the 1st look of Sagarmatha on the video uploaded through “Hamburg Videos HD” channel on YouTube. The video has reached 13212 views in just 8 days with 150 likes which clearly indicates the excitement of Nepalese. The arrival of new fleet of airplanes produced by the leading manufacturer of airlines, Airbus; has added up new hopes and expectation over the overwhelming joy of a new national carrier. With the Airbus Company topping the security, comfort and economic standards of airlines manufacture, a new hope has developed in Nepalese of seeing NAC at the same height of success as its fellow organization “Thai Airways” established at the same year 1958. But on the other hand past technical and organizational failure of NAC is contradicting the expectations of general people.

    At present NAC seems changing its policies and working in glorifying the sovereignty of the country by naming the planes after the prides of Nepal and giving a graphical enhancement to the tail logos but all will be revealed by time whether is this an old wine in new bottle or something else. May the plane welcomed in a traditional way won`t be repaired too, in a traditional way with slaughter of animals as the previous plane repair procedures of NAC.

  • Why you may get bad flight experience in Nepal, sometimes

    11 Apr

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    In most of the cases, people choosing  flight is secondary. Else, people usually get east to west with in more or less 24 hours in extreme cases. The better way comes if you have your private vehicle or you rent for your self. The common example of people travel in flights are:

    Emergency
    Most flights taken by people are due to emergency. The emergency of medical treatment, emergency to attain events. We can imagine people don’t usually have pre-planned for such kind of travel. Due to this they might got problem to get ticket, even if they get they usually have to pay more than normal fare.

    Business Trip
    We can say business trip are regular travelers. They even take same day two way flight. With the well travel management and tie up with Travel Agency, they often get comfortable trip. But due to the travel crises they may face problems in flight changes, cancellations and missed flights.

    Politicians Trip
    As Business trip politicians use regular flight. They have same issues as Business people.

    Holiday Trip
    When city based people get their time to have some recreational activity and want to go for different activities like paraglayding, rafting, hiking, jungle safari, trekking. And due to limitation of time frame they usually take flight to reach nearby destination. This kind of flight is very few, and most of the activities are focused for foreign tourist. So Nepalese tourist might face problem due to priority.

    From above we can conclude, Flight is not in first place of people’s choice. And When they need it, they faced lot of unexpected problems. Here I listed very common problems we may faced.

    Few number of Airport
    There are all together 44 airports, which means there are lot of districts without airports. Among 44, only 24 is functioning. With in 24 only 11 are trunk route which is regular. It means if you want to go for other destination than trunk route, there is the high probability not to getting flight easily, delayed or canceled.

    Few number of flight, aircraft and airlines.
    In Nepal there are 3 major airlines and among them, Yeti and Buddha are flying for maximum destination. So it may cause single flight in week.

    – Weather situation 
    The main reason for travel crises is because of weather situation. The variation of weather between different region might cause unconditional crises.

    – Short Take of Landing [STOL]
    Most of Nepal airports are considered STOL because they are located in a valley between high mountains or even on the mountains , so their runway is too short, their runway slope too high or they need complicate procedures to operate. Flight are not regularly scheduled and not guaranteed.

    Difference on Fair
    There are two different cost for Nepali Tourist(same for India Tourist) and Foreign Tourist, it’s not usual but some travel agency may act as per their need to get maximum foreign fair to get maximum commission.

    Information Crises 
    The worst things happen if you were not informed about your delayed flight or canceled. The airlines don’t give you proactive notice. even some time people loose their refund by missing deadlines.

    Service Classification 
    For the Nepalese traveler, there are different class of ticket with different rate of fair but the bitter part is there is not any such classification in service inside plane.

    The better way to prevent from this problems is better preparation for your trip. I suggest you should know about all these problems. Most of the problem’s solutions are not in your hand but there might be few that you should try your self. At least you can book your ticket your self : http://nepflights.com . See if there any tickets available or not? Compare the fair. Pay yourself. And the best thing maintain enough time.

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  • Nepal Aviation Facts and Stats -1

    14 Jan

    1) Nepal aviation history date back to 1949 when first ever single aircraft landed in tiny cow Pasters in Sinamangal, Kathmandu which is today’s “Tribhuvan International Airport”.

    2) King Mahendra inaugurated Gauchar Airport and renamed it as Tribhuvan Airport in 1955.

    3) Tribhuvan International Airport Grassy runway transformed into a concrete one in 1957.

    4) The 3750 feet long runway extended to 6600 feet  in 1967 and 10000 feet in 1975.

  • History of Nepal Airlines

    08 Jan

    In this post, we will have overview look in relation to history of Nepal Airlines , which was established in July 1958 as Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation with one Douglas DC-3. At the beginning, its services were limited to Simara, Pokhara, Biratnagar and Indian cities such as Patna, Calcutta and Delhi. In 1961,  Pilatus Porter STOL aircraft joined the fleet, and in 1963 12-seater Chinese Fong Shou-2 Harvesters  were brought into service, opening up the kingdom’s more remote routes.

    History of Nepal Airlines

    In 1966, a turboprop Fokker F27 was added to the airline’s fleet. In 1970, RNAC acquired its first Hawker Siddley HS-748 followed by Twin Otters in 1971 and Boeing 727s in 1972. Two Boeing 757s gradually replaced the airline’s Boeing 727s in 1987.

    In September 2007, the airline confirmed that it had sacrificed two goats to appease a Hindu god—following technical problems with one of its aircraft. Nepal Airlines said the animals were slaughtered in front of the plane, a Boeing 757, at Tribhuvan International Airport. The offering was made to Akash Bhairab, the Hindu god of sky protection, whose symbol is seen on the company’s aircraft.

    In 2009, at the Dubai Airshow, Nepal Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to acquire one A330-200 and one A320-200. The A330 will be used on flights to Japan and Europe, and the A320 will operate flights to the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

  • NAC resumes KTM to Taplejung direct flight

    07 Jan

    Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has resumed a direct flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung after 25 years.

    Taplejung Airport in-charge Hemant Upreti informed that flights carrying nine passengers from Kathmandu and 17 passengers from Taplejung were operated on Thursday.

    The national flag carrier will provide flight service to Taplejung every Thursday, informed the corporation. Earlier, the NAC provided flight service once a week from Biratnagar to Kathmandu on Sundays. The NAC said the flights were resumed following requests from tourism entrepreneurs and locals.

    On the first day, the locals welcomed the pilots with flower garlands and Khada, a traditional cloth garland. The NAC also informed that the fare regulated for the 55 minute flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung is Rs. 6,200.

    The NAC, which has only one airplane at its disposal, further informed that the number of flights will be increased as soon as new airplanes are added.

  • NAC to get 6 Chinese planes under grant,loan agreement

    07 Jan

    Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) will be buying new planes for the first time in 26 years. On Thursday, the governments of Nepal and China signed a grant and concessional loan agreement worth Rs 6.67 billion (408 million RMB) to procure six aircraft. Two of the planes will arrive within three months and join the carrier’s domestic fleet which now consists of one vintage Twin Otter.

    As part of the accord, China will provide a 58-seater MA60 and a 19-seater Y12e worth Rs 2.94 billion as a gift and a soft loan of Rs 3.72 billion to buy one MA60 and three Y12e planes. The last time the venerable flag carrier procured aircraft was in 1987. Meanwhile, it has two Airbus A320s on order for its international fleet, the first of which will be delivered in 2015.
    The Chinese deal consists of three separate agreements-framework agreement on provision of concessional loan assistance, economic and technical cooperation agreement for grant assistance and government concessional loan agreement. The repayment period of the soft loan from the Export-Import Bank of China to NAC is 20 years. It carries an annual interest of 1.5 percent. NAC has been given a grace period of seven years which means it will not have to start paying back the loan till then.
    Finance Secretary Shanta Raj Subedi and Ambassador of China to Nepal Wu Chuntai signed the agreement on behalf of their respective countries.
    The Cabinet on November 14 had given its go-ahead for the government to sign loan and grant agreements with China to procure six aircraft for the national flag carrier.
    Normally, the government funds public entities at an interest rate of 6-8 percent. “The interest rate for NAC has not been fixed,” said NAC Managing Director Madan Kharel. “There will be discussion on the issue soon.” Kharel added that the package included spares parts and training for pilots and technicians.
    Finance Secretary Subedi said Thursday’s agreement would help NAC consolidate its domestic market share. “We expect that air services will be enhanced in most remote destinations and also promote the country’s tourism,” Subedi said.
    He also directed the management to form a conducive business plans to lift NAC’s financial condition. “The corporation now has to focus on commercializing its business by providing quality service,” he added.
    Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador Chuntai said they would be providing an MA60 and a Y12E aircraft in the next three months. He expressed his hope that the aircraft would help improve NAC’s business. “It could play a vital role in enhancing the tourism industry besides promoting the airlines business.”
    The deal, according to the NAC, will help it regain its lost glory and market share. In the domestic market, NAC is way behind private carriers in terms of market share.
    It plans to increase its share of the domestic market to 40 percent from the present 3 percent after the new planes arrive. “We have already prepared a detailed business plan to operate the aircraft so that we can receive the optimum benefits,” Kharel added.
    NAC plans to operate the aircraft on long-haul sectors, including the lucrative Himalayan excursion Mountain Flight, and a number of tourist destinations.
    On October 22, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) issued type certificate to Chinese-made MA60 aircraft, allowing the plane to enter the Nepali skies for the first time for civilian transport. However,
    On November 29, 2012, NAC signed a commercial agreement with AVIC International Holdings, a Chinese government undertaking, to procure the six aircraft.  On August 7, 2011, NAC wrote to the Finance Ministry, requesting it to purchase eight aircraft under foreign grants. In November 2011, the ministry requested China to provide aircraft either in grant or under soft loans. The Chinese side responded positively, expressing readiness to provide some aircraft in grant and some under soft loans.

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