Yeti Airlines

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Yeti Airlines
Yeti Airlines Image.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #037/2004[1]
HubsTribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Focus citiesBiratnagar
Frequent-flyer programYeti Airlines SKY-Club
SubsidiariesTara Air
Fleet size10
Company sloganYou come first
HeadquartersKathmandu, Nepal
Key peopleLhakpa Sonam Sherpa

Yeti Airlines Pvt. Ltd. is an airline based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The airline was established in May 1998 and received its Air Operators Certificate on 17 August 1998. Yeti Airlines is the parent company of Tara Air. Together, the two airlines form the largest domestic flight operator in Nepal. Yeti Airlines operates a fleet of nine aircraft and offers domestic flights to ten destinations.


Yeti Airlines Twin Otter at Pokhara Airport (April 2000)

Yeti Airlines was established in May 1998 and received its Air Operators Certificate on 17 August 1998.[2][3] It started operations with two de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters.[3]

In 2009, Yeti Airlines established the subsidiary Tara Air to which it outsourced its STOL operations to airports in the rural and mountainous airports in Nepal and transferred its respective aircraft, DHC-6 Twin Otters and Dornier Do 228s to Tara Air.[4][5]

Yeti Airlines and Tara Air combine to form the largest domestic airline in Nepal; the group has more than 60% of the total market share as of January 2008.[citation needed] Together, Yeti Airlines and Tara Air have the widest domestic flight network of any Nepali airline and fly to most destinations in Nepal.[citation needed]

Yeti Airlines has procured two ATR 72-500 in 2017 and one in 2018.[6] Yeti Airlines is currently one of two operators of these aircraft in the nation, along with Buddha Air. Necon Air was the only other operator of ATRs in Nepal.

International Operations[edit]

In 2007, Yeti Airlines launched Fly Yeti as a joint venture with Air Arabia.[7] Due to political uncertainty, the airline ceased its operations in 2008.[8] In 2014, Yeti Airlines launched Himalaya Airlines, another joint venture, this time with Chinese Tibet Airlines.[9]


Yeti Airlines's ATR 72-500 (9N-ALN) at Gautam Buddha Airport, Bhairahawa

Yeti Airlines offers scheduled flights to the following destinations (as of April 2019):[10]

Destination Airport Notes
Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport Hub
Bhadrapur Bhadrapur Airport
Bhairahawa Gautam Buddha Airport
Bharatpur Bharatpur Airport
Biratnagar Biratnagar Airport
Janakpur Janakpur Airport
Nepalgunj Nepalgunj Airport
Pokhara Pokhara Airport
Tumlingtar Tumlingtar Airport

Yeti Airlines also operates one-hour-long Everest Express scheduled mountain sightseeing flights from Kathmandu to Mount Everest.[11]


Current Fleet[edit]

Yeti Airlines Jetstream 41

The Yeti Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2017):[12]

Yeti Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
BAe Jetstream 41 6 0 0 29 29
ATR 72-500 4 2 72 72 2 Leased from Nordic Aviation Capital[13][14]
Total 10 2

Former Fleet[edit]

Yeti Airlines former fleet
Aircraft Operated Passengers Notes
C Y Total
BAe Jetstream 41 1 0 29 29 Written off after the incident on 24th September, 2016.
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 3 0 19 19 now operated by Tara Air
Dornier Do 228 2 0 19 19 now operated by Tara Air
Harbin Y-12 2 0 19 19 Stored/dumped at Tribhuvan International Airport[15]
Total 8

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Aviation Report 2017" (PDF). Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. ^ "GREEN PROJECT." Yeti Airlines. Retrieved on 29 December 2011. "Corporate Office: Tilganga, Kathmandu"
  3. ^ a b "Yeti Airlines – You Come First - Domestic Airlines in Nepal". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  4. ^ "History". Yeti Airlines. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Tara Air – Biggest Airline in Nepalese Mountains - Helping Develop the Rural Nepal". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  6. ^ "ATR 72 aircraft to join Yeti Airlines fleet for the first time". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Yeti Airlines goes international, Orient Thai comes to Nepal". The Himalayan Times. 22 January 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Annual Report 2008" (PDF). Air Arabia. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Himalaya conducts 'proving' flight". The Kathmandu Post. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Scheduled Flights". Yeti Airlines. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Everest Express". Yeti Airlines. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 22. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  13. ^ "NAC delivered one ATR 72-500, MSN 876, to Yeti Airlines on lease". Nordic Aviation Capital. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Yeti Airlines welcomes 3rd ATR 72-500 into its fleet". Aviation Nepal. 18 September 2018.
  15. ^ "YETI AIRLINES - FLEET". Planelogger. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  16. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 9N-AFD Lukla". Flight Safety Foundation. 25 May 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  17. ^ Accident description for 9N-AEQ at the Aviation Safety Network
  18. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 9N-AFE Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA)". Flight Safety Foundation. 8 October 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  19. ^ "Yeti Airlines 9N-AIB Escaped from an accident". Aviation Nepal. 24 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Yeti and Tara cancel all flights for tomorrow to mourn MD Sherpa's demise". The Himalayan Times. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Air Dynasty chopper carrying Tourism Minister, Yeti Airlines owner crashes in Taplejung". Setopati. Retrieved 28 February 2019.

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