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Susheel Bhattarai

Bhattarai is a senior correspondent and is associated with Nagarik Nepali National Daily, a sister publication of Republica English National Daily since April, 2009. He reports and writes on aviation, travel, tourism and mountaineering issues. Twitter: @sushbhattarai

CAAN and CIB to probe into leaked conversation between ATC and cockpit

March 13, 2018 18:46 PM

KATHMANDU, Mar 13: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) will jointly investigate on the leaked conversation between the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) and the pilot of crashed US-Bangla Airlines.

Over 50 feared dead, several injured as US-Bangla aircraft crashes at TIA (With video)

March 12, 2018 17:25 PM

KATHMANDU, Mar 12: Over 50 people feared dead  and several others injured as a Bombardier Dash Q-400 aircraft operated by US-Bangla Airlines crashed while landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday afternoon.

CAAN bars Awale from flying planes

March 12, 2018 09:27 AM

KATHMANDU, Mar 12: Senior captain of Nepal Airlines Corporation, Subarna Awale, who has been released on bail in a case related to smuggling of foreign currency, cannot be allowed to fly planes, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has said.

AirAsia X given four more months to settle dues of TIA

March 11, 2018 02:38 AM

KATHMANDU, March 11: Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Civil Aviation Office (CAO) has given four months to Malaysia carrier AirAsia X to settle its dues.

Sita Air plane does safe landing with one engine out

February 21, 2018 08:38 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: An aircraft of Sita Air, a private airline, made a safe landing at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Tuesday after one of its engines had to be turned off. The plane had taken off for Lukla from TIA at 10:30 am, with 12 passengers  on board.

Lack of pilots to fly new aircraft

February 14, 2018 02:31 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: Though NAC now has four Harbin Y 12-e aircraft in its fleet, the national flag carrier has only one pilot two command the aircraft.

Australian company employing 5 foreigners illegally in Nepal

February 11, 2018 08:07 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: Five foreigners have been found to be working as senior management officials in five-star Tiger Palace Resort being developed in Nepal with foreign investment without taking work permit.

Boeing officials in Kathmandu to woo Buddha Air

February 5, 2018 07:21 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 5: Officials of aircraft maker The Boeing Company arrived in Nepal on Sunday to hold discussions with Buddha Air which has unveiled plan to expand its wings in the international skies.

Airlines decide to hike airfare

February 3, 2018 08:27 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: Private airlines have decided to increase the airfare in the domestic sectors, starting Monday.

Buddha Air to add four ATRs to its fleet

January 28, 2018 08:38 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Nepal’s major private airlines Buddha Air has announced plan to add four 72-seater ATR 72-500 series aircrafts to its fleet, with an investment of Rs four billion. The new planes will be used for flights to different cities of India. The company currently has 10 aircrafts.

Secretary transferred after failing to dismiss CAAN DG

January 26, 2018 17:55 PM

-KATHMANDU, Jan 26: The government has transferred Maheswor Neupane, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, after he denied appointing Joint Secretary Tourism Ministry Suresh Acharya as Director General to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CANN) by dismissing incumbent DG Sanjiv Gautam.

Buddha Air to welcome its 10th aircraft on Thursday

January 24, 2018 09:26 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: Buddha Air is taking delivery of its 10th aircraft on Thursday. The 72-seater ATR 72-500 series aircraft will land at the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, on Thursday. The airline purchased the aircraft at Rs 1 billion.

Buddha Air starting Kolkata flights from September

January 12, 2018 08:50 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 12: Domestic carrier Buddha Air has announced plans to start direct flights between Kathmandu and Kolkata, India.

Rs 1 billion needed to replace engine of Airbus A320 aircraft

January 11, 2018 07:52 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) will have to fork out Rs 1 billion to repair one engine of its grounded Airbus A320-200 aircraft.

Air Asia X defaults on its promise to pay its dues

January 9, 2018 08:17 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: Air Asia X, which had promised to pay Rs 100 million it owed to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), paid only Rs 13 million on Monday.

Air Asia X pays Rs 20m to CAAN, yet to pay Rs 210m

January 8, 2018 08:22 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: After repeated follow up, Malaysia-based Air Asia X has paid Rs 20 million of the total Rs 230 million it owes to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) in various services including passengers service charge, airport development fee, landing, parking and the fees involving the use of navigational equipment.

Minister Dev renews bid to remove CAAN's DG Gautam

January 3, 2018 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 3: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Jitendra Narayan Dev has again started lobbying to remove Sanjiv Gautam from the position of director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

Dozens of airlines yet to pay TIA Rs 1.35b

December 26, 2017 08:39 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 26: Around a dozen international airlines operating flights to Nepal owe the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) around Rs 1.35 billion in various services including passengers service charge, air development fee, landing, parking and the fees involving the use of navigational equipment.

NAC makes mockery of currency law for pilots

December 22, 2017 05:45 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: Anecdote 1- Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) fired Captain Ramesh Upadhyaya after he was found carrying a few wrist watches while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport four decades ago. He was accused of smuggling the watches.

NAC to send ‘smuggler’ pilot for training abroad

December 19, 2017 10:05 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: The government has permitted Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) to send its senior pilot Captain Subarna Awale, who is being tried in the court on charge of foreign currency smuggling, for training in Singapore.