|Commenced operations||7 December 2011|
|Operating bases||Paro Airport|
|Company slogan||Fly with us to the land of happiness...|
|Parent company||Tashi Group|
Phala Dorji (CEO)Ugyen Tenzin [GM, Commercial/Ground Ops]
Tashi Air Pvt. Ltd, trading as Bhutan Airlines, is Bhutan's first private airline. The airline resumed services on 10 October 2013, beginning its first international flights to India and Thailand. The airline served the cities of Jakar and Trashigang in Bhutan from their commencement until June 2012, suspending them due to increasing financial losses; however, following an agreement with the Bhutan government, the airline has resumed a full schedule of flights including Kolkata to Paro, Bhutan.
The Airlines, then known as Tashi Air, was launched on 4 December 2011. The airline is a subsidiary of the Tashi Group.[who?] The airline began regular scheduled flights to Bathpalathang and Yonphula on 18 December 2011. After only six months of operation, however, the airline asked the Bhutanese Government for permission to suspend domestic flights.
The airline resumed services on 10 October 2013 as Bhutan Airlines, having secured the wet lease of a single Airbus A320 aircraft from a Lithuanian-based company. Flights to Kolkata and continuing on to Bangkok were offered initially. The airline was required to resume domestic flights by October 2014, per an agreement with the Government of Bhutan. Following the completion of its wet lease contract, Tashi Air acquired an Airbus A319 aircraft with a seating capacity of 122 passengers on 1 May 2014. It received a second Airbus A319 on 30 July 2014.
Bhutan Airlines head office is located in Tashi Mall, opposite Taj Tashi Hotel in Thimpu. The airline also has another office in Paro along with the airport office. The major offices of Bhutan Airlines is located in Kolkata, India and in Bangkok, Thailand - where they are represented by OMG Experience Co., Ltd. as GSA (General Sales Agent in Thailand). Other offices are located in Kathmandu, Nepal and in Malaysia.
As of August, 2018, Bhutan Airlines serves the following destinations:
|India||New Delhi||Indira Gandhi International Airport|||
|Kolkata||Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport|
|Nepal||Kathmandu||Tribhuvan International Airport|
The airline is currently[when?] awaiting clearance to operate flights to Bagdogra, India, within the coming months. It is also likely to start operations from Durgapur Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, once MoU is signed between Tashi Air and BAPL Durgapur in January 2016.[specify] Other planned destinations include Dhaka, Singapore, Dubai, and Hong Kong.
The Bhutan Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):
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