Yeti Airlines

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Yeti Airlines
Yeti Airlines Image.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1998
Hubs Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Focus cities Biratnagar
Frequent-flyer program Yeti Airlines SKY-Club
Subsidiaries Tara Air
Fleet size 8
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 eight aircraft and offers domestic flights to ten destinations.

Yeti Airlines has procured two ATR 72-500 in 2017. [1] 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.


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 and transferred its respective aircraft, DHC-6 Twin Otters and Dornier Do 228s.[4]

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. The STOL aircraft of Tara Air serve much of the isolated population of Nepal, who live in remote areas,[5] while the BAe Jetstream 41s & ATR 72-500s of Yeti serve the more substantial regional airports.

International Operations[edit]

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 December 2012):[6]

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 operates a one-hour-long Everest Express mountain flight daily from Kathmandu to the Everest range by BAe Jetstream 41 & ATR 72-500. Most of Nepal's remote mountain destinations are now connected by Tara Air's fleet of STOL aircraft.[5]


Current Fleet[edit]

Yeti Airlines Jetstream 41

The Yeti Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2017):[7]

Yeti Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
BAe Jetstream 41 6 0 0 29 29
ATR 72-500[8] 2 0 72 72 Leased from Nordic Aviation Capital[9][10]
Total 8 0

Former Fleet[edit]

Yeti Airlines former fleet
Aircraft Operated Passengers Notes
C Y Total
BAe Jetstream 41 1 0 29 29 written off after incident on 24 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[11]
Total 8

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ "ATR 72 aircraft to join Yeti Airlines fleet for the first time". Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  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. ^ a b "Tara Air – Biggest Airline in Nepalese Mountains - Helping Develop the Rural Nepal". Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Scheduled flights". Yeti Airlines. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 22. 
  8. ^ "Yeti Airlines all set to land its first ever ATR 72-500 today". Retrieved 2017-07-30. 
  9. ^ "NAC delivered one ATR 72-500, MSN 876, to Yeti Airlines on lease". Nordic Aviation Capital. Retrieved 1 December 2017. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "YETI AIRLINES - FLEET". Planelogger. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 9N-AFD Lukla". Flight Safety Foundation. 25 May 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  13. ^ Accident description for 9N-AEQ at the Aviation Safety Network
  14. ^ "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. 
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