Yeti Airlines

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Yeti Airlines
Yeti Airlines Image.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1998
Hubs Kathmandu
Focus cities Biratnagar
Frequent-flyer program Yeti Airlines SKY-Club
Subsidiaries Tara Air
Fleet size 7
Destinations 10
Company slogan You Come First
Headquarters Kathmandu, Nepal
Key people Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa

Yeti Airlines Domestic 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 seven 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.[1][2] It started operations with two de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters.[2]

Yeti Airlines and its subsidiary 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. Together, Yeti Airlines and Tara Air have the widest domestic flight network of any Nepali airline and fly to most destinations in Nepal. The STOL aircraft of Tara Air serve much of the isolated population of Nepal, who live in remote areas,[3] while the BAe Jetstreams of Yeti serve the more substantial regional airports.


Yeti Airlines offers scheduled flights to the following destinations (as of December 2012):[4]

Destination Code (IATA) Airport Notes
Kathmandu (KTM) Tribhuvan International Airport (Hub)
Bhadrapur (BDP) Bhadrapur Airport
Bhairahawa (BWA) Gautam Buddha Airport
Bharatpur (BHR) Bharatpur Airport
Biratnagar (BIR) Biratnagar Airport
Dhangadhi (DHI) Dhangadhi Airport
Janakpur (JKR) Janakpur Airport
Nepalgunj (KEP) Nepalgunj Airport
Pokhara (PKR) Pokhara Airport
Tumlingtar (TMI) Tumlingtar Airport

Yeti Airlines also operates a one-hour-long Everest Express mountain flight by BAe Jetstream 41. Most of Nepal's remote mountain destinations are now connected by Tara Air's fleet of STOL aircraft.[3]


Yeti Airlines Jetstream 41
Yeti Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
BAe Jetstream 41 7 0 0 29 29
Total 7 0

Previously operated[edit]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 25 May 2004 – 9N-AFD, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter operating Flight 117, a cargo flight, crashed on approach to Lukla killing the crew of three.[5]
  • 21 June 2006 – a DHC-6 Twin Otter registered 9N-AEQ was destroyed in a rice paddy on approach to Jumla, killing all six passengers and the crew of three.[6]
  • 8 October 2008 – a DHC-6 operating as Flight 103 was destroyed on landing at Lukla, killing all eighteen passengers and two of the three crew. The captain was the only survivor.[7]


  1. ^ "GREEN PROJECT." Yeti Airlines. Retrieved on 29 December 2011. "Corporate Office: Tilganga, Kathmandu"
  2. ^ a b "Yeti Airlines – You Come First - Domestic Airlines in Nepal". Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Tara Air – Biggest Airline in Nepalese Mountains - Helping Develop the Rural Nepal". Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Scheduled flights". Yeti Airlines. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Harro Ranter (25 May 2004). "ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 9N-AFD Lukla". Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Accident description for 9N-AEQ at the Aviation Safety Network
  7. ^ Harro Ranter (8 October 2008). "ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 9N-AFE Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA)". Retrieved 9 May 2015. 

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