Katmandu - The Nepalese airline operator wants to expand abroad. Buddha Air is looking more closely at two Airbus and Boeing aircraft models.
The route network of Buddha Air is still limited to the interior. The timetable includes Bhadrapur, Bhairahawa, Biratnagar, Bharatpur, Dhangadhi, Janakpur, Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, Pokhara, and Simara. But that will change next fall. On September 2018, the Nepalese airline flies from Kathmandu to Kolkata (West Bengal, India).
Kalkota will be the first international route of the company served by an ATR 72-500. However, the Asian operator has to acquire larger aircraft with more reach for further expansion abroad.
Being already an ATR operator, the management has first kept in touch with Airbus. The European manufacturer has proposed Airbus A319 to the airline, as the Nepalese newspaper Republica writes.
At present, representatives of Boeing are in Kathmandu. They are talking to Buddha Air about the 737 Max 8. The decision between Airbus and Boeing will come in the fall. The new routes will then be launched from 2020 company boss Birendra Bahadur Basnet said to Republica.
Founded in 1996, Buddha Air currently owns a fleet of five ATR 72-500, three ATR 42-300 and two Beechcraft 1900 D.