Nepal Airlines Corporation´s (NAC) Harbin Y12E aircraft is beginning commercial service from Thursday.
Ram Hari Sharma, spokesperson of NAC, said the national flag carrier opened booking from Tuesday itself. “We are operating two flights on Kathmandu-Pokhara sector every day, except on Saturdays, with the new aircraft. The aircraft will fly to Pokhara at 8 am and 2 pm and return to Kathmandu at 9:10 am and 3:10 pm,” he added.
NAC has fixed promotional fare for Kathmandu-Pokhara flight at Rs 3,010 and Pokhara-Kathmandu at Rs 3,160 including taxes.
The China-made aircraft, which has been named ´Koilee´, received Air Operator´s Certificate (AOC) from Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) on Sunday.
Earlier, NAC officials had said they would complete all administrative formalities by November 18 and press the aircraft into commercial service from November 20. However, the plan could not be materialized and the aircraft remained grounded for more than one and half months. The aircraft had landed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on November 3.
NAC plans to fly to Tumlingtar, Janakpur and Simara after it receives the remaining aircraft from China. NAC officials say the remaining aircraft will arrive in Nepal within four months.
The Harbin Y12E is a part of loan and grant agreement worth Rs 6.67 billion that Nepal signed with China for the procurement of six aircraft — two MA 60s and four Harbin Y12E. So far, Nepal has received one MA60 and an Y12E.