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Published on : Thursday, November 7, 2013
With a view to expanding it’s services to rural Nepal and supporting the country’s trekking industry, Tara Air, a leading domestic airline has added a Dornier Do228 aircraft to it’s fleet. The aircraft landed at the Tribhuwan International Airport on October 5, 2013 and is expected to come into service from October 7, 2013. Tara Air now operates a fleet of four Canadian built DHC6-300 Twin Otters and three German built Dornier Do228-212 aircraft.
The 18-seater Dornier Do228-212 is a Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) capable aircraft, ideal for operating in short, high altitude runways such as Lukla and Jomsom. It was purchased from an airlinein the Philippines.This Honey well TPE 331-10 twin engine powered aircraft is equipped with the latest Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) and the advanced Traffic Collision Awareness System II (TCAS II) and meets all the airworthiness standards of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.
“The aircraft has been specifically purchased to support the country’s trekking industry and to provide transportation and food supply to rural areas of Nepal where we have been the only airline flying on a regular basis” said Roshan Regmi, Marketing Manager of Tara Air.Tara Air is a subsidiary of Yeti Airlines. It operates on short haul sectors like Lukla, Phaplu, Lamidanda, Rumjatar, Ramechhap and Bhojpur from Kathmandu.The carrier flies to Jomsom from Pokhara and to Dolpa, Jumla, Bajura, Simikot, Rara, Rukum and Bajhang from Nepalgunj and Surkhet.