Nepal Airlines’ Second A320 Soars Back To Skies After Being Grounded

ForJuly 5, 2015 – Kathmandu

The second Airbus A320 registered as 9N-AKX resumed its services starting today, after being grounded for a month. The aircraft took off from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at 08:18 AM local time bound for Delhi. The flight RA205 took off with 40 passengers on board.

Nepal Airlines' Airbus A320 Lumbini 9N-AKX © Dirk Grothe/Planespotters.net

The plane was delivered to the airline amidst the aftermath of Nepal earthquake. The plane had conducted commercial flights to Delhi and Bangkok. In either of these flights, the aircraft had sustained dents on its fuselage as a result of a collision with a foreign object. Airbus had earlier declared the plane unfit for flying unless repair was done. Repairs between the two main landing gears in the belly was completed just on Saturday, eKantipur reports.

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Photo: 9N-AKX returning back to Kathmandu from Delhi, taken today at 12:40 PM

Post deliveries of the A320 aircrafts, this was the third time the planes had to be grounded. On February 25, the first A320 flight was called off because Delhi airport database was not installed in the aircraft, and also as a result of landing slot issues with the airport. On March 11, 9N-AKW was grounded again due to the lack of a spare oil filter.

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