Buddha Air Pvt. Ltd (Nepali: बुद्ध एयर - Buddha Eyr) is an airline based in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur District, Nepal, near Patan. It operates domestic services within Nepal, serving mainly large towns and cities in Nepal, linking Kathmandu with nine destinations. Its main base is Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. It also operates mountain flights from Kathmandu to the Langtang range.
The airline started operations in October 1997 with a brand new Beech 1900D. The name of the airline is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Buddha' meaning enlightened preferably a title used for the much revered Siddharta Gautama. Buddha Air is unique in flying only new aircraft that are delivered from the factory. The average age of the aircraft are 4 years.
On 25 September 2011, Buddha Air Flight 103 crashed during a tourist flight of the Mount Everest region. The flight, operating with a Beech 1900 D and 19 passengers — mostly foreign tourists — crashed in Nepal according to reports. The aircraft apparently lost contact with the control tower near Kathmandu's airport. 16 tourists (10 Indians, two Americans, a Japanese citizen and three Nepalis) and three crew members were on the flight.
Buddha Air offers scheduled flights to the following domestic destinations (as of July 2011): International flights
The airline also offers chartered flights and daily Mountain Flights. Buddha Air became the first foreign airline to start flights to Paro, Bhutan, in summer 2010 which was also the airline's first international destination.
Buddha Air's ATR 72-500 at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
As of September 25, 2011 the Buddha Air fleet includes:
- ^ "Domestic/International." Buddha Air. Retrieved on 26 September 2011. "The company headquarter is located at Jawalakhel, Lalitpur"
- ^ "Contact Information." Buddha Air. Retrieved on September 25, 2011. "Buddha Air Pvt. Ltd Pulchowk Rd Patan"
- ^ Flight International 27 March 2007
- ^ a b World Air Routes retrieved 18 November 2006
- ^ "Mount Everest Tour Plane Crashes in Nepal." NYCAviation. 25 September 2011
- ^ "Nepal tourist plane crashes near Kathmandu killing 19" BBC News. 25 September 2011
- ^ "Flight schedule". Buddha Air. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
- ^ Nepal Tourism Directory retrieved 18 November 2006
- ^ "Fleet". airfleets.net. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
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