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Yeti Airlines Domestic Pvt. Ltd. is an airline based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The airline was established in May 1998 and received its Air Operators Certificate on 17 August 1998. Yeti Airlines is the parent company of Tara Air. Together, the two airlines form the largest domestic flight operator in Nepal. Yeti Airlines operates a fleet of eight aircraft and offers domestic flights to ten destinations.
|Hubs||Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu|
|Frequent-flyer program||Yeti Airlines SKY-Club|
|Company slogan||You come first|
|Key people||Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa|
Yeti Airlines and its subsidiary Tara Air combine to form the largest domestic airline in Nepal; the group has more than 60% of the total market share as of January 2008. Together, Yeti Airlines and Tara Air have the widest domestic flight network of any Nepali airline and fly to most destinations in Nepal. The STOL aircraft of Tara Air serve much of the isolated population of Nepal, who live in remote areas, while the BAe Jetstream 41s & ATR 72-500s of Yeti serve the more substantial regional airports.
In 2007, Yeti Airlines launched Fly Yeti as a joint venture with Air Arabia. Due to political uncertainty, the airline ceased its operations in 2008. In 2014, Yeti Airlines launched Himalaya Airlines, another joint venture, this time with Chinese Tibet Airlines.
Yeti Airlines offers scheduled flights to the following destinations (as of December 2012):
Yeti Airlines operates a one-hour-long Everest Express mountain flight daily from Kathmandu to the Everest range by BAe Jetstream 41 & ATR 72-500. Most of Nepal's remote mountain destinations are now connected by Tara Air's fleet of STOL aircraft.
The Yeti Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2017):
|BAe Jetstream 41||6||0||0||29||29|
|ATR 72-500||2||0||72||72||Leased from Nordic Aviation Capital|
|BAe Jetstream 41||1||0||29||29||written off after incident on 24 September 2016|
|de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter||3||0||19||19||now operated by Tara Air|
|Dornier Do 228||2||0||19||19||now operated by Tara Air|
|Harbin Y-12||2||0||19||19||Stored/dumped at Tribhuvan International Airport|
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- 25 May 2004 – Yeti Airlines Flight 117: A Yeti Airlinesde Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter (Registration: 9N-AFD) cargo flight crashed into a hill on approach to Lukla.
- 21 June 2006 – 2006 Yeti Airlines Twin Otter Crash: A DHC-6 Twin Otter registered 9N-AEQ was destroyed in a rice paddy on approach to Jumla, killing all six passengers and the crew of three.
- 8 October 2008 – Yeti Airlines Flight 103: A DHC-6 was destroyed upon landing at Lukla, killing all eighteen passengers and two of the three crew. The captain was the only survivor.
- 24 September 2016 - Yeti Airlines Flight 893: A BAe Jetstream 41 registration 9N-AIB en route from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa overran the runway while landing at Gautam Buddha Airport. All 29 passengers and the crew of 3 were unhurt but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
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