Journal : People's Daily (English) Date : Author : NA Page No. : NA
URL : http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0209/c90000-9175629.html

 

NepalAirlinesCorporation (NAC), thenationalflagcarrieroftheHimalayannation, onWednesdayformallyreceivedtwobrandnewaircraftsfromtheChinesesuppliertoaddinitsdomesticfleet.WithadditionoftwonewChineseplanes, one 56-seater MA60 andanotherY-12e, theNAChasnowmajorityofitsplanesmadeinChina. Ofthetotalsevenplanesinitsdomesticfleet, fourareChina-madewhilethreeareCanadianTwinOtters.

Chinesesupplier — AVICInternationalHolding, handedoverplanestotheNACamidafunctionorganisedattheTribhuvanInternationalAirportinKathmandu.

ThetwoplaneshadlandedinKathmanduonJan. 26 andFeb. 1.

NACManagingDirectorSugatRatnaKansakarandXuBo, vice-presidentofAVICInternationalAero-Development, signedthehandoverdocumentatthepresenceofNepaleseMinisterofCultureTourismandCivilAviationJiwanBahadurShahiandChineseAmbassadortoNepalYuHong.

Kansakarsaid, “NACconsidersentryofChineseaircraftasanimpetustoexpanddomesticservice.” AccordingtoaseniorNACofficial, theyexpectstoincreasetheNAC’sdomesticmarketshareto 20 percentfromcurrentaroundsixpercentwiththeoperationofChineseplanes.

AsperanagreementsignedbetweentheNACandAVICInternationalHolding, in 2012, NepalwouldacquiresixChineseaircraft, twoingrantsandfourinloans. Ofthesixplanes, Nepal’snationalflagcarrierhastotakedeliveryoftwo MA60 andfour Y12e aspertheagreement.

Duringthehandoverceremony, NepaleseMinisterShahimadeanempathicappealtotheChinesesidetoarrangetheEnglishspeakingpilots. “TheNACplanstobringtwoadditionalY-12e intheverynewfuture,” saidKansakar.

The NAC had taken delivery of two new planes after nearly two year-long hiatus of first acquiring first two planes — one MA60 and Y-12e in 2014 which were given to NAC as a grant from China, because it had concerns regarding spare parts, training, load capacity and insurance cost with the supplier.

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