Airplane 9N-AKR, with 56 seats, is produced by Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). [Photo / China.org.cn]

The new China-made airplane (Y12E series) for state-owned Nepal Airlines Corporation arrived in Kathmandu on Wednesday, with another airplane of a different category having already arrived on January 26.

The E-series of Y12, developed by Harbin Aircraft Industry Group, landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) via Kunming, Burma and Calcutta. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has designated 9N-AKT as its callsign. Two more 16-seater aircraft are also yet to arrive. The two small airplanes have received typical names of small birds such as “Koili” and “Gauthali.”

Similarly, Xi’an MA-60 with 56 seats produced by Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has a callsign of 9N-AKR.

In November 2014, the Government of Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to purchase six airplanes worth 4 million yuan as part of soft-loan and grant deal.

“MA-60 and Y-12E airplanes will serve on trunk routes (Biratnagar, Nepalgunj, Bhairahawa etc.) and remote areas (Jomsom, Lukla, Manang etc.), respectively,” said deputy spokesperson of NAC Shailesh Kansakar.

At present, the corporation has a total of six airplanes for domestic flights and three jets for international flights.

By Melsam Ojha, China.org.cn

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