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|Hubs||Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu|
|Frequent-flyer program||Yeti Airlines SKY-Club|
|Company slogan||You come first|
|Key people||Lhakpa 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.
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.
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. Together, Yeti Airlines and Tara Air have the widest domestic flight network of any Nepali airline and fly to most destinations in Nepal.
Yeti Airlines has procured two ATR 72-500 in 2017 and one in 2018. 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.
In 2007, Yeti Airlines launched Fly Yeti as a joint venture with Air Arabia. Due to political uncertainty, the airline ceased its operations in 2008. In 2014, Yeti Airlines launched Himalaya Airlines, another joint venture, this time with Chinese Tibet Airlines.
Yeti Airlines offers scheduled flights to the following destinations (as of April 2019):
The Yeti Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2017):
|BAe Jetstream 41||6||0||0||29||29|
|ATR 72-500||4||2||72||72||2 Leased from Nordic Aviation Capital|
|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|
Accidents and incidents
- 25 May 2004 – Yeti Airlines Flight 117: A Yeti Airlines de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter (registration 9N-AFD) cargo flight crashed into a hill on approach to Lukla.
- 21 June 2006 – 2006 Yeti Airlines Twin Otter Crash: A DHC-6 Twin Otter registered 9N-AEQ was destroyed in a rice paddy field on approach to Jumla, killing all six passengers and the crew of three.
- 8 October 2008 – Yeti Airlines Flight 103: A DHC-6 was destroyed upon landing at Lukla, killing all eighteen passengers and two of the three crew. The captain was the only survivor.
- 24 September 2016 – Yeti Airlines Flight 893: A BAe Jetstream 41 registration 9N-AIB en route from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa overran the runway while landing at Gautam Buddha Airport. All 29 passengers and the crew of 3 were unhurt but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
- 1 March 2019 – Following the 2019 Taplejung helicopter crash, Yeti Airlines halted all of their flights on 1 March 2019 mourning the loss of their managing director Ang Tshering Sherpa (de).
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- "Yeti and Tara cancel all flights for tomorrow to mourn MD Sherpa's demise". The Himalayan Times. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
- "Air Dynasty chopper carrying Tourism Minister, Yeti Airlines owner crashes in Taplejung". Setopati. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
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