December 4, 2016 – Kathmandu
Buddha Air has decided to purchase two ATR 72-500 turboprop planes and to add them to their fleet in 2017. With this, the number of aircrafts in their fleet will reach 10, with 5 of them being ATR 72s.
Issuing a corporate statement on their Facebook page, Buddha Air said that it has planned to acquire the first ATR 72-500 at an additional investment of Rs. 100 Crores. It has already signed a purchase agreement with the ATR Company for the first aircraft. The aircraft will land in Kathmandu at the end of January 2017 and make commercial operations from March 1, said the airline. It also expects to add another ATR 72-500 by the end of 2017.
The ATR 72-500 seats 70 passengers in the most common seating configuration. Buddha Air already has 3 ATR 72s, 3 ATR 42s and 2 Beech 1900D turboprop airplanes in its fleet. With the addition of two new planes to their fleet, Buddha Air hopes to minimize flight delays and make flying with them more reliable. It also added that the current delays their passengers have been facing are due to unfavorable weather conditions, congestion in aircraft movement and the problem of damaged runways and taxiways at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.