8 Facts About Buddha Air’s Beechcraft 1900D

9N-AEE Buddha Air landing KTM

Buddha Air’s first Beechcraft 1900D. Captured on final for RWY 02 at Kathmandu. (July 11, 2015)

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Buddha Air started its operation on the 11th of October in 1997 with a brand new Beech 1900”D” turboprop aircraft. The aircraft, registered 9N-AEE, is still in service and has been serving Nepal for the last 18 years. In these years, Buddha Air introduced four more Beech 1900D and two Beech 1900C in the Nepali skies.

Here are eight facts about the Beechcraft 1900D:

  1. The first Buddha Air Beechcraft 1900D was bought from the Raytheon Company for US $5 million in 1997. It was delivered on September 29, 1997. The Beechcraft 1900D came into service on 11 October 1997 with a scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to the Everest.
Beautiful Everest and surrounding Himalayas as seen from a mountain flight operated by Buddha Air B190

Beautiful Everest and surrounding Himalayas as seen from a mountain flight operated by Buddha Air B190

Photo: Christian Hanuise [GFDL 1.2  or GFDL 1.2], via Wikimedia Commons

2. Beech 1900D is a 19-seater pressurized aircraft, and can fly over 707 km with full passenger payload. GlobalSecurity.org rates it as the most popular 19-passenger regional airliner in the world.

Beechcraft 1900D Buddha Air 9N-AGH

Buddha Air’s B190 at Tribhuvan Int’l Airport, Kathmandu (January 7, 2012)

Photo: Rehman Abubakr, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

3. The aircraft is powered by two Pratt and Whitney PT6A-67D engines with ratings of 955kW each. The 1,280 hp can propel the B190 at 288 knots (533 km/hr) at the cruising altitude of 20,000 ft. Source: BuddhaAir.com

4. On 24 August 2010, Buddha Air became the first international airline to operate commercial flights to Paro, Bhutan. The flights are operated with Beech 1900D aircrafts.

Video: Buddha Air takes off from Paro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGPQwszaDic

5. The Beech 1900D is an upgraded and redesigned version of the 1900C, featuring winglets, remodeled propellers, more powerful engines, and a substantial improvement in cabin and comfort. It is one of only two 19-seater turboprop planes that features a stand-up cabin—meaning passengers don’t need to bend forward or slouch back to move around the cabin.

Full Stand Up Cabin of Beech 1900D

Full Stand Up Cabin of Beech 1900D

Photo: Phillip Capper, via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

6. The Beech 1900D also has an electronic flight instrument system, upgraded from traditional or mechanical flight systems. The electronic flight instrument system in 1900D makes it possible to extend the versatility of the software with updates, and make the aircraft safer with the installation of technologies like Ground Proximity Warning System and Traffic Collision Avoidance System.

7. Buddha Air operates the 1900D in the routes: Kathmandu-Simara, Kathmandu-Bharatpur, Kathmandu-Tumlingtar, Kathmandu-Janakpur, and Kathmandu-Mountain.

Buddha Air's third B1900D coming in to land at Kathmandu after its flight to Simara (June 15, 2015)

Buddha Air’s third B1900D coming in to land at Kathmandu after its flight to Simara (June 15, 2015)

Photo: NepaliAviator.com (All Rights Reserved)

8. Fun Fact: If you choose the second-last seat on the 1900D, you can see the landing gears being deployed or retracted!

#BuddhaAir Gear up! Be sure to choose seat 8A or 8C when flying on a Beech 1900D. #nepal #aviation #kathmandu #avgeek

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Current Beech 1900D in Buddha Air’s Fleet

S.N. Registration Remarks
1 9N-AEE First B190
2 9N-AEW Second B190

Historic Beech 1900D in Buddha Air’s Fleet

S.N. Registration Remarks
1 9N-AEK Second B190 in Buddha Air’s Fleet, crashed in Kotdanda on September 25, 2011
2 9N-AHZ Sold to Guna Airlines
3 9N-AGH  Sold to a foreign operator

Beech 1900 D Specs

  • ICAO Aircraft Designator: B190
  • Passengers: 19
  • Cruise Speed: 280 knots
  • Maximum Range: 707 km on full payload
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