Sunday, 28 January 2018

Buddha Air to add more ATR72-500's to its fleet

It would appear that Nepal’s major private airline 'Buddha Air'  has revealed plans to add four 72-seat ATR 72-500 aircraft to its growing fleet. 

The airline flies a mixed fleet of some 10 aircraft and is looking to greatly expand its route network to several Indian cities with the ATR aircraft. “We are working aggressively to increase our market share. That’s why we are making an additional investment of Rs four billion,” Birendra Bahadur Basnet, managing director of Buddha Air told myRepublica.com. 

Buddha Air is hoping to serve Kolkata, Dehradun, Varanasi, and Gangtok with the new aircraft, subject to approval from the Nepalese Civil Aviation Authority.  It is understood that Buddha Air will be sourcing the aircraft from the second-hand aircraft market as brand new models would be cost prohibitive for the small airline. 

Buddha Air currently employes around 850 people and offers flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, Bhairahawa, Biratnagar, Bhadrapur, Bharatpur, Dhangadhi, Simara, Janakpur, Pokhara and Tumlingtar. 

Current fleet-




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