Sita Air

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Sita Air
Sitaairlogo.JPG
IATA ICAO Callsign
STA[a]
Founded2003
HubsTribhuvan International Airport
Secondary hubsPokhara Airport, Nepalgunj Airport
Fleet size4
Destinations9
Company sloganService, devotion, dedication
HeadquartersKathmandu
Key people
  • Priti Rana
  • Manoj Singh
Websitewww.sitaair.com.np

Sita Air is an airline based in Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal;[2] The airline's main base is Tribhuvan International Airport with hubs at Pokhara Airport and Nepalgunj Airport.[3] In August 2014, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal barred the airline from carrying passengers due to safety concerns and failing to meet international standards. The airline was allowed to continue operating cargo flights.[4] However, by 2016, the airline was allowed to operate passenger services again.[5]

History[edit]

Sita Air Dornier 228 parked-up at Tribhuvan International Airport (February 2013).

The airline gained its air operators certificate in 2000, and was established in October 2000, but was unable to operate until 2003 due to political unrest in Nepal.[6] Operations started on 6 February 2003 with a single Dornier Do 228; a second aircraft was added in April 2003.[7] In 2016, the airline was sold to Biratnagar-based Agrawal Group for NPRs 550,000,000.[8] In 2017, Sita Air bought two more Dornier 28 from Simrik Airlines.[9]

Destinations[edit]

Sita Air currently operates services to the following domestic destinations (as of March 2017):[1]

Hub
Seasonal/Charter Services
Terminated route
City District Airport
Bajura Bajura Bajura Airport
Chandannath Jumla Jumla Airport
Jomsom Mustang Jomsom Airport
Juphal Dolpa Dolpa Airport
Kathmandu Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport
Lukla Solukhumbu Tenzing–Hillary Airport
Manthali Ramechhap Ramechhap Airport
Nepalgunj Banke Nepalgunj Airport
Phaplu Solukhumbu Phaplu Airport
Pokhara Kaski Pokhara Airport
Rara Mugu Talcha Airport
Simikot Humla Simikot Airport
Tumlingtar Sankhuwasabha Tumlingtar Airport

Fleet[edit]

Sita Air operates the following aircraft:

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Wreckage of Flight 601 immediately after impact
  • 12 October 2010, Lukla - Sita Air Dornier 228 registration 9N-AHB hit a wall beside the runway as its brake system did not work properly.[11] The engine inlet of the aircraft was damaged heavily.[11] The aircraft was attempting to land at Lukla airport. It was lifted by helicopter to Kathmandu for repairs and put back to service.[12] This same aircraft went on to have another crash landing accident on Simkot airport in 2013.[13][14]
  • 28 September 2012, Kathmandu - Sita Air Flight 601, a Dornier Do 228 (registration 9N-AHA) crashed just after takeoff from Kathmandu International Airport. All 16 passengers and 3 crew on board were killed. The flight was bound for Lukla.[15][16] An investigation report into the crash concluded that it was caused by passenger and cargo payload that exceeded the aircraft's maximum takeoff weight.[17][18]
  • 1 June, 2013, Simkot - Dornier 228 registration 9N-AHB sustained substantial damage in a landing accident at Simikot Airport.[13] There were no injuries among the five passengers and two crew members.[19] The left hand main landing gear broke and the Dornier 228 came to rest on the side of the runway. The no. 1 propeller, left hand wing and underside of the fuselage sustained substantial damage.[13][14] The aircraft had to be airlifted to Kathmandu by a helicopter.[20]
  • 23 April, 2017, Phaplu - Flight number 617 of Sita Air has met a minor incident at Phaplu Airport, Salleri. Wing tip of Dornier 9N-AHR aircraft of Sita was damaged as the aircraft hit the wall at parking section of Phaplu Airport.[21]
  • 20 February, 2018, Kathmandu- Flight No 601 Dornier DO-228 ‘9N-AJH’ aircraft was forced to make an emergency diversion after the aircraft experienced abnormal pressure reading on the engine during the flight to Lukla from Kathmandu which forced the flight crew to carry out the precautionary engine shut down procedure; Shutting down the right engine.[22]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sita Air has no registered ICAO code allocated, but uses 'STA' on scheduling, ticketing and baggage (as an official ICAO code would be used). However, officially, the ICAO Code 'STA' is allocated to Star Aviation UK.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Flight Schedule". Sita Air. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Contact Information Archived 2011-11-11 at the Wayback Machine." Sita Air. Retrieved on 29 December 2011. "Sinamangal Ward No: 9 Kathmandu, Nepal"
  3. ^ "Sita Air". Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Caan clips airlines' wings for violating safety rules". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  5. ^ "2016; Prosperous year for Domestic airlines in Nepal". Aviation Nepal. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  6. ^ Flight International 12–18 April 2005
  7. ^ "Sita Air". Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Sita Air Sold To Agrawal Group For Nrs. 55 Crore". Aviation Nepal. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Simrik Airlines left with fewer flights". Aviation Nepal. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  10. ^ Sita Air Fleet Archived 2014-11-01 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 4 March 2011
  11. ^ a b Aaron Harrington (2012-06-18), Almost Fatality at Lukla Airport Nepal 2010, retrieved 2016-12-27
  12. ^ "Registration Details For 9N-AHB (Sita Air) Dornier 228-202 - PlaneLogger". www.planelogger.com. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
  13. ^ a b c "ASN Aircraft accident Dornier 228-202K 9N-AHB Simikot Airport (IMK)". Aviation Safety Network. Flight Safety Foundation. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
  14. ^ a b "Ujjwal Acharya on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
  15. ^ "British, Chinese among 19 dead in Nepal plane crash". Reuters. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  16. ^ "28 September 2012 - Nepal plane crash kills all 19 on board: police (UPDATED) - Foreign - My Sinchew". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Probe blames overloading for 2012 Sita Air crash". The Kathmandu Post. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
  18. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Dornier 228-202 9N-AHA Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM)". Aviation Safety Network. Flight Safety Foundation. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
  19. ^ "Sita Air aircraft meets with accident in Humla‚ no casualty - The Himalayan Times". The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
  20. ^ Gainju R (2013-10-13), Helicopter air lifting the plane, retrieved 2016-12-27
  21. ^ "Sita Air Dornier 9N-AHR meets an incident in Phaplu Airport". Aviation Nepal. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  22. ^ "Sita Air Dornier DO-228 lands safely at TIA after right engine shutdown". Aviation Nepal. Retrieved 20 February 2018.

External links[edit]

Official website : Sita Air via Wayback Machine