Kathmandu, Sept 17: Tara Air, a subsidiary of Yeti Airlines, has brought a new state-of-the-art Twin Otter aircraft.
The airlines has brought the new plane in collaboration with the Great Himalayan Trail with the objective of promoting village tourism. The airlines believes that the new aircraft would be useful in operating flights to the rural mountainous destinations.
The 18-seater Twin Otter is the most expensive aircraft of its type so far with a factory price of seven million US Dollars which is equivalent to Rs 700 million. The aircraft was purchased with the financial assistance of the UK Aid.
With the new addition, the Yeti Air now has 15 aircraft including seven of Tara Air in its fleet. Yeti Airlines is currently operating flights to 29 different destinations in the country, said Umesh Chandra Raya, the CEO of the Airlines.
The new Twin Otter aircraft has a modern engine with the capacity of that of a jet airplane and therefore, it is reliable for safe travel, said senior pilot Pemba Sherpa.
Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Kripasur Sherpa inaugurated the Twin Otter with the call sign 9N-AKL at the domestic terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport.
On the occasion, the Minister said that the private sector has played an important role in the promotion of tourism in the country which is vindicated by the service the private airlines have been rendering by operating flights to the remote mountainous destinations.