Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) received its second Y-12e aircraft as part of a six-aircraft deal between Nepal and China, a media report said.
The 17-seater plane named ‘Gauthali’ was flown in by two Dutch pilots working for an American company. The plane was flown in from Kunming in China via Myanmar and Kolkata and landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport around 4.30PM on Wednesday, Kathmandu Post reported.
With the new addition, the Nepal Airlines now has six aircraft — two Canadian Twin Otter and four Chinese-made aircraft — in its fleet for operating on domestic air routes.
In November 2013, the cabinet gave the go-ahead to the government to sign loan and grant agreements with China to procure six aircraft to enhance the domestic fleet of the national flag carrier.
China has provided one MA60 and one Y-12e worth Rs 2.94 billion as gifts. The other aircraft are being bought with a soft loan of Rs 3.72 billion provided by China’s EXIM Bank.