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 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.

The airline has recently announced that it will procure ATR 72-500 and ATR 42-500 series aircraft by 2017.[1] Yeti Airlines will become the second operator of these aircraft in the nation after Buddha Air.


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]

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,[4] while the BAe Jetstream 41s of Yeti serve the more substantial regional airports.


Yeti Airlines offers scheduled flights to the following destinations (as of December 2012):[5]

Destination Airport Notes
Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport Hub
Bhadrapur Bhadrapur Airport
Bhairahawa Gautam Buddha Airport
Bharatpur Bharatpur Airport
Biratnagar Biratnagar Airport
Dhangadhi Dhangadhi Airport
Janakpur Janakpur Airport
Nepalgunj Nepalgunj Airport
Pokhara Pokhara Airport
Tumlingtar 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.[4]


Yeti Airlines Jetstream 41

The Yeti Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[6]

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

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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.[7]
  • 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.[8]
  • 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.[9]
  • 24 September 2016 - 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.[10]


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