Buddha Air Pvt. Ltd is an airline based in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur District, Nepal, near Patan. It operates domestic as well as international services within Nepal and India, serving mainly large towns and cities in Nepal, linking Kathmandu with ten destinations and Varanasi of India since its establishment. Its main base is Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. It also operates mountain flights from Kathmandu to the Everest range.
|Founded||23 April 1996|
|Commenced operations||11 October 1997|
|Frequent-flyer program||Royal Club|
|Company slogan||Fly with us|
|Key people||Surendra Bahadur Basnet (Company Chairman)
Birendra Bahadur Basnet (Managing Director)
The airline was established on 23 April 1996 as a Private Limited Company by Surendra Bahadur Basnet, a retired Supreme Court judge and former government minister; and his son Birendra Bahadur Basnet. Operations commenced on 11 October 1997 with a sightseeing flight to Mount Everest using a brand new Beechcraft 1900D. Within ten years the company had expanded to a fleet of seven 1900Ds. In 2008 a loan from the International Finance Corporation allowed the company to expand further by purchasing two ATR 42 aircraft. Buddha Air took delivery of its first 70-seat ATR 72-212 in June 2010. The name of the airline is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Buddha', a title used for the much revered Siddharta Gautama.
Buddha Air operates flights to thirteen destinations including two international (1 seasonal, 1 charter) and 11 domestic airports. The airline also offers air charter flights and daily mountain sightseeing flights. Buddha Air became the first foreign airline to start flights to Paro, Bhutan, in summer 2010, which was the airline's first international destination. As of August 2017, Buddha Air operates flights to these destinations:
- Bhairahawa - Gautam Buddha Airport
- Bharatpur - Bharatpur Airport
- Biratnagar - Biratnagar Airport
- Chandragadhi - Chandragadhi Airport
- Dhangadhi - Dhangadhi Airport
- Janakpur - Janakpur Airport
- Kathmandu - Tribhuvan International Airport Base
- Nepalgunj - Nepalgunj Airport
- Pokhara - Pokhara Airport
- Simara - Simara Airport
- Tumlingtar - Tumlingtar Airport
Buddha Air also operates one-hour-long mountain sightseeing flights on its Beechcraft 1900D out of Kathmandu Airport.
The Buddha Air fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2017):
Accidents and IncidentsEdit
On 25 September 2011, Buddha Air Flight 103 crashed near the end of a sightseeing flight of the Mount Everest region. All 19 passengers and crew on board the Beechcraft 1900D died when it crashed near Kathmandu's airport while attempting to land.
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