Nepal’s third largest domestic carrier, Shree Airlines, is delaying plans to add three De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s this year, citing the pandemic.
Anil Manandhar, corporate manager of Shree Airlines, tells Smart Aviation Asia Pacific that the airline still plans to add three -400s and is in the process of acquiring the aircraft.
As for the expected delivery date, Manandhar says the airline is unsure of the timeline, as it will depend on the COVID-19 situation, but he is hopeful the goal can be achieved in 2022.
Nepal online news site Aviation Nepal previously reported that Shree Airlines planned to purchase the aircraft by December this year and that the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation has approved the three aircraft to be added.
One of the -400s will be used for international flights as Shree Airlines plans to fly to India, though permission for the airline to add the scheduled international passenger services has yet to be approved, the report adds.
According to aviation site Planespotters, Shree Airlines has a six aircraft fleet: two Bombardier CRJ200s, two Bombardier CRJ700s and two De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s.
Information online shows Shree Airlines serves various domestic locations including: Bhadrapur, Bhairahawa, Biratnagar, Dhangadhi, Janakpur, Nepalgunj with Kathmandu as its hub.
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