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Nepal Airlines to buy two Airbus A320 single-aisle jetliners with sharklet wingtips for high-altitude airports


TOULOUSE, France, 3 May 2013. Nepal Airlines Corp., the national flag carrier of Nepal, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to buy two Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with sharklet fuel-saving wing tip devices.
Nepal officials chose the A320 for its economics and performance necessary for high-altitude airport operations, and its suitability for a wide variety of routes, Airbus officials say.
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Nepal Airlines plane crashes in Jomsom
POKHARA, May 17: A Nepal Airlines Twin Otter crashed near Jomsom airport on Thursday morning while landing. Twin Otter 9N ABO with 19 people on board including three crew members and a minor skidded off the runway and fell 30 meters to the bank of the Kali Gandaki river. All the passengers sustained injuries.

The plane, which had taken off from Pokhara at around 8.10 a.m., met with the accident at 8.33 a.m. Among the passengers, 8 are Japanese tourists.
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China invites Nepali officials to study airport models

The Chinese government has invited the Nepal government for the observation of various airport models in China which could be feasible for the proposed regional international airport in Pokhara.

If endorsed by the Cabinet, a team lead by Sushil Ghimire, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, will visit China within May. “The government team will inspect airports those are similar to the model and topography of the proposed airport in Pokhara,” said Tourism Minister Ram Kumar Shrestha. “The inspection will help Nepali side assess a proper model of airport for Pokhara.”

The team will also hold talks with China EXIM Bank representatives on the loan pledged by the Chinese government for the airport. The government plans to borrow loans from the bank to develop the project at Chinnedanda, Pokhara, some 3km east of the existing airport.

“The visit will help determine the appropriate model of airport, before awarding the contract to Chinese company.” The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) is the executing agency of the project.

The government has given its green signal for the development of the much-controversial airport after the lowest bidder expressed its willingness to develop the airport at the government-estimated cost. The airport bidding process was put on hold since July 2012, after China CAMC Engineering Co — the lowest bidder — quoted 85 percent higher than the government-estimated cost for the project. “After the government’s go-ahead, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) plans to assign the lowest bidder to carry out the detailed design of the airport,” said a senior CAAN official.

On February 9, 2012, the CAAN had invited bids to build the airport under the Engineering Procurement and Construction model. However, it was forced to extend the deadline twice due to intervention by the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority. On July 18, 2012, CAAN’s tender evaluation committee had opened financial proposals for the project.

Subsequently, the project was dragged into controversy with CAAN unions opposing the deal, arguing it was not economically viable under the authority’s existing financial status.

A detailed study of the project conducted by the government in 1989 in association with Japan International Cooperation Agency had proposed a 2,500m long and 50m wide runway, a terminal and a cargo building. The construction of the airport, expected to be completed in four years, was estimated to cost $ 39.6 million then.
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Nepal, UAE all set to sign enhanced air services agreement

Nepal and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are all set to sign an enhanced bilateral air services agreement (ASA) on Tuesday to increase the existing 28 flights a week to 70 to meet the growing demand of air travellers.
An 18-member team from the UAE has arrived here to revise the bilateral ASA. Nepal signed an ASA with the UAE in 1994 and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Dec 27, 2007.

“Both sides put forward their views at Monday’s gathering and there was agreement on almost all the topics,” said a senior official of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. “We are much closer to signing a revised ASA on Tuesday.”
Based on reciprocal exchanges of authorisation, the ASA is normally revised depending on the country’s requirement of air seats. The ministry source said that the UAE had been requesting for an unlimited point-to-point frequency, but Nepali side had been refusing so far.

The Middle East carriers in particular are facing an air seat crunch since the last two years due to rise in movement of foreign tourists and Nepali migrant workers.

To address their demand, the ministry had continued the temporary operating permit (TOP) scheme for international airlines connecting Kathmandu in 2013, allowing additional 14 flights a week to the respective countries facing seat crunch. The UAE-based carriers are allowed 42 weekly flights, including the TOP scheme. The TOP scheme will once the ASAs are revised. At present, RAK Airways, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia and Etihad Airways connect Nepal from the UAE. The Dubai-based Emirates has also shown interest to operate flights to Nepal, said the official who attended the Monday meeting.

“The Nepali side also pushed for a joint tourism promotion, technical cooperation and human resources development in the field of aviation,” the source added.

As demand for air services continue to grow, the bilateral agreement was enhanced to include more capacity entitlements. But Nepal does not stand to benefit much from it due to limited aircraft of its national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC). The government officials, however, said that it will be a win-win situation if NAC gets new aircraft.

The Middle East carriers account for 39 percent of Nepal’s total inbound and outbound traveler movement and handle 42 percent of the total cargo movement.

There were 1.047 million inbound and outbound flyers from the Middle East carriers, of which the UAE carriers flew 491,775 travellers (18.22 percent share) in 2011, according to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) statistics. The UAE-based carriers handled 21.41 percent of the cargo in and out of Nepal in 2011.

Nepal has bilateral air service agreements with 36 countries, with a total of 5.7 million seats per annum to and from Nepal. However, the operating airlines are unable to use even 40 percent of their capacity so far.

Since adopting a liberal sky policy in 1992, Nepal has signed air agreements with four countries (Japan, UK, Qatar and Malaysia) and MoU with 16 countries (Italy, Egypt, Luxemburg, Austria, Bahrain, Oman, Macao, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, UAE, Croatia, Israel, Philippines and Turkey). The government is scheduled to revise ASAs with China in May.

Five more countries—USA, Vietnam, Indonesia, Russia and Australia—are willing to sign the air agreement with Nepal.
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Turkish Airlines to fly Kathmandu-Istanbul



Turkish Airlines plans to operate flights to Nepal in the near future. According to Adnan Aykac, general manager of Turkish Airline for Northern and Eastern India, the carrier will soon be flying between Istanbul and Kathmandu.

“With such remarkable developments taking place in the aviation industry in recent times in Nepal, we feel very excited to be entering this market,” he added. The carrier has appointed Zenith Travels as general sales agent (GSA) in Nepal.

According to their agreement, Zenith will represent the airline in Nepal for all sales and marketing activities effective from March 1. “We have started sales of tickets, and the carrier is likely to commence operations within one-two months,” said Joy Dewan, group managing director of Zenith Travels. He added that the carrier was in the process of applying to the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation to operate flights to Kathmandu.
Nepal and Turkey signed an air service agreement (ASA) in September 2010.

The ASA allows the two countries to operate 14 flights per week between Kathmandu and Istanbul.
Source: http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2012/03/25/money/turkish-airlines-to-fly-kathmandu-istanbul/233083.html
 

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Work on Pokhara regional int'l airport to resume

Nepal's second city to get new Int'l airport


Work on Pokhara regional int'l airport to resume
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KATHMANDU, Feb 17: After being stalled for more than seven months, the process of constructing the Pokhara Regional International Airport (PRIA) is set to resume after the government decided to give the go-ahead to China CAMC, the lowest bidder for the project.

The construction process for PRIA had failed to take on momentum
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Locals refuse land for hub airport in Pokhara
Posted on March 19, 2013 by Ghale Treks

pokhara the City of lakes
At a time when the government is making preparations to acquire additional land for the proposed Pokhara Regional International Airport (PRIA), locals in Pokhara have refused to provide the land required for the construction.

Stating that the government failed to address the demands they put forward earlier regarding the construction, the locals said they will not provide any land to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The announcement came in the wake of the government´s recent move to acquire additional land for the PRIA construction.

A few days ago, CAA had issued a notice on the acquisition of 550 ropani in wards 14, 15 and 18 of Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City. CAA had even conducted a scrutiny of the areas involved.

In 1975, the government had acquired 3,106 ropani from 1,500 households for constructing another international airport in Pokhara.

But when that land became insufficient for the PRIA construction, the government decided to acquire more land.

The locals, whose lands were acquired by the government in the first phase of acquisition, said the government is trying once again to displace them. They further said they are opposed to CAA preparations


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KTM Nijgadh Int'l Airport

Commercial operation of Nepal’s second international airport at Nijgadh, Bara could begin in 2015. Korea’s Landmark Worldwide Company (LMW), which did a detailed feasibility study for the airport, said the single-runway airport could be finished in 2015 if construction is started this year.
LMW plans to submit the feasibility study report to the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) by January-end. Once the feasibility study is completed, the airport will be developed under the “build own operate and transfer” (BOOT) model.




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Nepal, Chinese contractor to sign agreement for Pokhara airport

Recent update on PRIA from Global Times



Xinhua | 2013-5-31 22:06:59
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Nepal will sign a commercial agreement with the Chinese construction company by August for construction of Pokhara Regional International Airport (PRIA), officials said on Friday.

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the implementing agency of PRIA will possibly sign and seal the commercial agreement with China CAMC Engineering Co, the lowest bidder of the project after the approval of final feasibility study report, Ranjan Krishna Aryal, joint secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) told Xinhua.

This process will take two months. A government team from Nepal headed by joint secretary Aryal recently visited China to hold talks with officials of the construction company China CAMC as well as the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of China about the proposed concessional loan of 145 million US dollars for the project.

The team during its week long visit from May 19 to 26 also conducted field observation of different airports there including Beijing International Airport and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.

"Though proposed PRIA shall be smaller in size compared to Chengdu Airport that handles more than 30 million tourists a year, the visit has helped us to visualize the model of airport in Pokhara," joint secretary Aryal said.

PRIA is estimated to have the capacity of handling one million tourists per year. Nepali team has suggested that China CAMC should bring down the estimated cost of the project as much as possible to keep the cost at par with government estimate, according to Suman Kumar Shrestha, deputy director general of CAAN.
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Political bickering grounds national flag carrier

Not surprised at all about this mayheim

Added At: 2013-05-19 10:54 PM Last Updated At: 2013-05-19 10:54 PM
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KATHMANDU: Frequent political bickering has hit the national flag carrier hard, making it unable to compete in either international or domestic routes.

“The smooth operations of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has been hurt due to regular political bickering,” according to minister for culture, tourism and civil aviation Ram Kumar Shrestha.

The ailing national flag carrier has been operating its two age-old Boeings — of which one has to be sent for C Check and casual maintenance alternatively leaving only one Boeing for operation that forces it to reduce its routes frequently — for international flights, whereas it is fast losi
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Nepal Airline Corporation (NAC) to purchase two narrow body aircraft

Kathmandu, June 17: The much-hyped plan of the Nepal Airline Corporation (NAC) to purchase two narrow body aircraft is finally going to be realized, thanks to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) for agreeing to provide a loan of Rs 10 billion to the ailing national flag carrier.
A formal agreement to this effect is going to be inked Tuesday amidst a function to be organized here..
According to the sources, the EPF has agreed to provide Rs.10 billion to the NAC at the annual interest rate of 12 per cent. The NAC will pay the loan in 15 years.

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CAAN proposes five-star airport hotel at Sinamangal

KATHMANDU, JUN 22 -

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal ( CAAN ) has submitted a proposal to the government for constructing a five-star airport hotel under the built-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) modality on its land plot in Sinamangal, Kathmandu.

CAAN officials said the move is intended to make commercial use of its 116-ropany land plot which has been underutilised despite being located in the city’s prime area.
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Nepal Airlines makes $14.7m pre-delivery payment to Airbus

Finally the national carrier is taking some strides

KATHMANDU, JUL 16 -

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) on Monday made a pre-delivery payment for the two A320-200 aircraft it has ordered from Airbus. The national flag carrier has sent US$ 14.7 million to the plane maker, which is 8 percent of the $ 150 million catalogue price.

“With this payment, Airbus will now start making the aircraft NAC has ordered,” said Keshab R. Sharma, NAC finance director.

Although, NAC had pledged to send the pre-delivery amount to the manufacturer within five working days after the purchase agreement was signed

Link:http://www.ekantipur.com/2013/07/16/top-story/nepal-airlines-makes-14.7m-pre-delivery-payment-to-airbus/374861.html
 

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Nepali team to visit China to verify design, manufacturing of MA-60 jet

KATHMANDU, AUG 14 -

A four-member team from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal ( CAAN ) and Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is visiting China on Saturday to verify the design and manufacturing standards of Chinese-made MA-60 aircraft.

The NAC is planning to procure the two 58-seater twine-engine turboprop from China’s Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation.

China has pledged providing a 19-seater Harbin Y-12e and a 58-seater MA60 turboprop in grant and the government plans to buy four other aircraft — three Harbin Y-12e and an MA60 — taking soft loans from the EXIM bank. The team has been mandated to carry out documentation and verification of the aircraft on whether it has been maintained and inspected as per the Federal Aviation Regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and China Aviation Regulation.

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Nepal Airline to ordered 1 A320-200 and 1 A330-200
 

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When NAC were to procure all the planes as planned for their fleet then it should make quite a comeback in Nepaleese aviation industry. Presumably this time it would stick around cause it is after all Nepal's national carrier. I hope corruption will not be the cause to defunct this airlines again.
 

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Regional International Airport in Pokhara: Project lands in cost controversy, again

KATHMANDU, AUG 07 -

The issue of costing is back again. Earlier, it was the construction cost quoted by the Chinese contractors that put hold on the process of developing the regional international airport in Pokhara. Now, a new study has shown the construction of the airport will cost $264 million.

China Airport Construction Company (CACC), a consultant appointed by the lowest bidder China’s CAMC Engineering Co, submitted its detailed feasibility study report to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) last Wednesday with the revised estimated cost of $264 million, according to government sources. Moreover, the study has proposed an additional 16 percent of the cost as a price escalation cost.
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Land acquisition for regional international airport yet to begin

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POKHARA, Aug 5: The land acquisition process for the proposed regional international airport in Pokhara has been delayed as the Ministry for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation is yet to direct the District Administration Office for the purpose.

The government has already earmarked the budget for additional 550 ropains of land for the airport. As per the Land Acquisition Act (1977), it is the responsibility of the concerned Chief District Officer to acquire

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Anyone Know When Nepal Airline Is Getting Delivery Of The A330-200 And A320-200. Nepal Airline Also Has The 2 A320Neo (New Engine Option) On order.
 
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