New Nepali airline BB Airways is set to commence flights to Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong from October 11. The new airline has brought hope for those involved in the Nepali aviation industry. Currently, it will be flying one Boeing 757-200 aircraft. Once regular flights start for the airline it will be the third Nepali airline to fly international routes after Nepal Airlines and Buddha Air. The much troubled Nepal Airlines has been on the news repeatedly for all the wrong reasons. Here’s to hoping that BB Airways sets a fine example.
Once the fleet size is increased future destinations include Bangkok, Singapore, New Delhi and Doha. The long-term plan is for the airline to reach London, Seoul, Sydney, Lhasa, Shanghai and Frankfurt. Sounds ambitious. Several Nepali airlines have already had a miserable start in the past; Alpine Air, Fly Yeti and Air Nepal International to be specific. Therefore, I really really hope that BB Airways operates in a sustainable manner and actually lasts.
PS. Looks like the current Boeing 757-200 has been leased from TonleSap Airlines. The airways also appointed Miss Nepal 2012 Shristi Shrestha and singer-nun Ani Choying Dolma as its brand ambassador.