: Nepal Airlines, a state-run airlines, has taken delivery of the first of two Airbus A330s, which it will lease from Portuguese lessor Hi Fly. These will be in addition to its two existing A320ceos, and will be one of the largest aircraft operating out of Tribhuvan International Airport.
Situated at high altitude, only the most sophisticated of aircraft are capable of operating from this location, which is Nepal’s gateway to destinations in the rest of Asia and beyond.
An Airbus A330, fresh off the assembly line and bearing Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) livery, landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Jun 29 as hundreds of plane spotters watched enthralled. The A330, named Annapurna, is the latest addition and the largest aircraft in NAC’s fleet.
The A330 is the most popular widebody aircraft ever, having won over 1,700 orders from 119 customers worldwide. Presently over 1,300 A330s are in service with 124 airlines, flying on everything from high density domestic and regional operations to long range intercontinental routes.
The massive airliner arrived from Toulouse, France with Captain Vincenco Termante and flight officer Joao Cesar Vieira-da Silva at the controls. It is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, and features a two-class cabin configuration and seats a total of 274 passengers—18 in business class and 256 in economy class.