Shree Airlines

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Shree Airlines
Shree Airlines Logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
SHA SHREEAIR
Founded 1999
Hubs Tribhuvan International Airport
Fleet size 11
Destinations 10
Headquarters Kathmandu
Key people Banwari Lal Mittal / Sudhir Mittal
Website www.shreeairlines.com; www.shreeair.com;

Shree Airlines Pvt. Ltd. is an airline based in Nepal, operating chartered helicopter services.[1] It now also operates services using fixed wing aircraft following the delivery of three Bombardier aircraft in 2017.

History[edit]

The airline was incorporated in the 1990s and was originally called Air Ananya—named after the founder's granddaughter: Ananya Mittal. After a helicopter was burnt at Jiri by Maoists and there were a couple of accidents and helicopters hit by bullets, Chairman and CEO Banwari Lal Mittal consulted an astrologer who suggested changing the name of the airline. Thus Air Ananya became Shree Airlines. (Shree means auspicious beginning).[2]

Shree Airlines is the largest operator of helicopters in Nepal with a fleet of Mi-17 helicopters. These helicopters are capable of carrying up to 4000 kg of cargo or 26 people. Shree Airlines operates both cargo and passenger flights. In 2017 Shree Airlines added 3 Bombardier CRJ aircraft to their fleet.[3]

Services[edit]

Passenger cabin

Shree Airlines' helicopters are certified to carry up to 26 passengers in a one class configuration. The airline also conducts charter and non-charter flights to remote parts of the country and offers cargo charter services.

Humanitarian and UN peacekeeping flights[edit]

Shree Airlines operates flights for the World Food Program and the Nepal Food Corporation. These flights deliver food to the hungry and needy in the hard-to-reach parts of Nepal. Shree Airlines has delivered over 8,000,000 kilograms of food to the Nepalese population.[citation needed] Shree Airlines also operates long term charter flights for the United Nations, in support of peacekeeping operations.[citation needed]

Religious tourism[edit]

Shree Airlines operates flights to Hilsa in north-west Nepal, which is at the northern border, and is the start point for the Mansarovar and Mount Kailash pilgrimage. The Airline operates charter flights to Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage destination in mid-Nepal.

Extended service with fixed wings in domestic route[edit]

Nepal’s largest helicopter operator Shree Airlines plans to diversify into fixed-wing operations by bringing in three jets for starters in a move expected to shake up the domestic aviation sector which seems to have quieted down of late.[4] The airline has acquired two Bombardier CRJ200 and one Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and launched fixed wing services on 11 August 2017 using one of the Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft.[3]

Fleet[edit]

Shree Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Bombardier CRJ200ER 2[5] 0 0 50 50
Bombardier CRJ700 1[5] 0 0 70 70 [6]
Mil Mi-17 6 0 0 24 24
Eurocopter AS350 B3e 2 0 0 5 5
Total 11 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.shreeairlines.com/
  2. ^ New Business Age July 2003
  3. ^ a b "Shree Airlines". Airliner World (October 2017): 15. 
  4. ^ 2016-09-02
  5. ^ a b "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 22. 
  6. ^ http://www.aviationnepal.com/shree-airlines-adds-third-bombardier-aircraft-to-its-fleet/

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