Yeti Airlines Pvt. Ltd. (Nepali: येती एयरलाइन्स) is an airline based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The airline was established in May 1998 and received its Air Operators Certificate on 17 August 1998. Since 2019, Yeti Airlines is the first carbon neutral airline in Nepal and South Asia. It is the parent company of Tara Air. As of 2018, Yeti Airlines was the second largest domestic carrier in Nepal, after Buddha Air, with a market share of 23.5%.
|Hubs||Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu|
|Frequent-flyer program||Yeti Airlines SKY-Club|
|Key people||Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa|
Yeti Airlines was established in May 1998 and received its Air Operators Certificate on 17 August 1998. It started operations with two de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters.
In 2009, Yeti Airlines established the subsidiary Tara Air to which it outsourced its STOL operations to airports in the rural and mountainous airports in Nepal and transferred its respective aircraft, DHC-6 Twin Otters and Dornier Do 228s to Tara Air.
Yeti Airlines and 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.
Yeti Airlines has procured two ATR 72-500 in 2017 and one in 2018. Yeti Airlines is currently one of two operators of these aircraft in the nation, along with Buddha Air. Necon Air was the only other operator of ATRs in Nepal.
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 January 2020):
Yeti Airlines also operates one-hour-long Everest Express scheduled mountain sightseeing flights from Kathmandu to Mount Everest and Annapurna Express mountain sightseeing flights from Pokhara to Annapurna Massif.
The Yeti Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2019):
|BAe Jetstream 41||6||—||—||29||29|
|ATR 72-500||5||1||—||72||72||2 Leased from Nordic Aviation Capital|
|de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter||1998||2009||now operated by Tara Air|
|Dornier Do 228||2009||2009||now operated by Tara Air|
|Embraer EMB 110||1999||?|
|Embraer EMB 120||2000||2001|
|Harbin Y-12||2001||1995||Stored/dumped at Tribhuvan International Airport|
|Saab 340-B||2004||?||Stored/dumped at Tribhuvan International Airport|
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- 25 May 2004 – Yeti Airlines Flight 117: A Yeti Airlines de 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 field 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.
- 1 March 2019 – Following the 2019 Taplejung helicopter crash, Yeti Airlines halted all of their flights on 1 March 2019 mourning the loss of their managing director Ang Tshering Sherpa (de).
- 12 July 2019 – A Yeti Airlines ATR 72-500 registration 9N-AMM en route from Nepalgunj Airport to Tribhuvan International Airport suffered a runway excursion while landing. All 68 people onboard including the crew of 4 evacuated the aircraft safely. Two of them received minor injuries and were taken to the hospital. A wet runway during the rainy season could have been the cause.
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- "Yeti and Tara cancel all flights for tomorrow to mourn MD Sherpa's demise". The Himalayan Times. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
- "Yeti Airlines aircraft skids off runway". The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
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