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NAC’s new aircraft arrives from China

KATHMANDU: The second aircraft granted by the government of China to Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) arrived in Kathmandu on Monday.
According to NAC, an 18-seater Y12E aircraft manufactured in China landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at 2 pm.
The aircraft was flown to Kathmandu by two Chinese pilots via Chendu- Mandela-Calcutta route.
The aircraft was received with ritual prayers at the TIA by a team of officials headed by secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Suresh Man Shrestha and officials of NAC.
This aircraft is granted by China government as per an agreement signed between the two countries in December last year to bring six China-made airplanes. They include a 18-seater Y12E and a 58-seater Modern Ark 60 (MA60), on grant and three Y12E and a MA60 planes on concessional loan.
Earlier, a 58-seater MA 60 aircraft arrived on April 27 which the NAC is currently operating in domestic trunk routes.
The newly arrived aircraft has call sign 9N-AKS and has been named Koilee.
The NAC is planning to operate the new aircraft soon after getting permission certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).
The Y12E aircraft is manufactured by Avic Company of China. The model was first operated in 1982 and its commercial manufacture started in 1985.
Besides secretary Shrestha, chairman of NAC’s board of directors Shiva Saran Neupane, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai and general manager of NAC Madan Kharel, among others, were present at TIA to receive the new aircraft.

Published Date: Monday, November 3rd, 2014 | 09:04 PM

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