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Thursday, June 28, 2018

NAC takes delivery of its first Airbus A330

An Airbus A330, fresh off the assembly line and bearing Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) livery, landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Thursday morning as hundreds of plane spotters watched enthralled. The A330, named Annapurna, is the latest addition and the largest aircraft in NAC’s fleet.

The massive airliner arrived from Toulouse, France with Captain Vincenco Termante and flight officer Joao Cesar Vieira-da Silva at the controls. It is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, and features a two-class cabin configuration and seats a total of 274 passengers—18 in business class and 256 in economy class.
In April last year, NAC signed the final purchase agreement for two Airbus A330-200 long-range jets from US-based AAR Corp. The $209.6-million contract is the largest-ever jet purchase deal in Nepal’s aviation history. The second aircraft is expected to arrive on July 25, according to NAC.
“Indeed, it is a matter of delight to welcome the first wide body plane,” said Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari during a function held to welcome the new aircraft. “Making NAC a competitive organization is the need of the hour, but it is challenging.”
Minister Adhikari said that the government had announced holding the Visit Nepal 2020 tourism campaign, and the role of the national carrier would be vital to make it successful. “By 2019, we will have two more A320 jets. And we expect NAC’s increased fleet will help the government realize the goal of attracting 2 million tourists,” he said, adding that NAC would once again be spreading its wings across the world.
Currently, the national flag carrier has two A320 jets and a vintage Boeing 757. The corporation currently holds a 10 percent share of the international passenger market. A record 3.88 million passengers passed through TIA last year.