One of Nepal’s leading airlines, Buddha Air marked twenty years of service on October 11, 2017. The private airline first took to the skies with its Beechcraft 1900D aircraft offering an Everest Experience flight on October 11, 1997. Buddha Air has since gone to connect Kathmandu to over a dozen destinations across Nepal, move over 1 million passengers in 2016 and connect Kathmandu to Varanasi and Paro during different seasonal period.
Managing director Birendra Bahadur Basnet shared that the airlines fleet of nine aircraft (three ATR-42s, four ATR-72s and two Beechcrafts) will be increasing with the addition of ATR 72-500 to be delivered by mid-January 2018 followed by another aircraft in June 2018. Basnet also announced that the airline has finalized talks with Airbus to acquire AIRBUS A320 aircraft to start international operations from Pokhara International Airport. The international airport in Chinnedanda, Pokhara is expected to be completed by July 10, 2021. Buddha Air hopes to commence international flights to New Delhi, Guangzhou and Bangkok from its three Airbus A320 from the 1st of August, 2021.
The airline currently employs 865 personnel. YAY for more JOBS! EXCITING TIMES! This is major. I am sure more airlines will be announcing international operations and expanding their fleets as several airports across Nepal get upgraded and extended.