Tara Air added a Dornier 228-212 aircraft to its fleet on Friday to provide additional service in remote areas.
"The German-made aircraft was purchased from Island Aviation Service Company of Maldives," said senior manager of the airlines Vinaya Shakya, adding that the aircraft is installed with Honeywell TPE-31 engine. "The aircraft is equipped with ultra modern Ground Proximity Warning System and Traffic Collision Awareness System (TCAS-1) as well as Weather Radar. The 19-seater aircraft was manufactured in 2002."
With the addition of this Dornier aircraft –– registration number 9N-AKE Dornier 228-212 –– Tara Air now has a fleet of seven aircraft, comprising of two Dorniers and five Twin Otters, he added.
The addition will help us serve passengers from far-flung remote areas, and transport construction and food materials more efficiently, said Shakya, adding that it will directly contribute towards tourism, as well as in the local development of remote regions.
Tara Air operates regular flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, Phaplu, Lamidanda, Rumjatar, Tumlingtar, Ramechhap and Bhojpur, besides Jomsom and Manang from Pokhara. It operates flights regularly to Dolpa, Jumla, Bajura, Simikot and Rara from Nepalgunj and Surkhet.
Yeti Airlines and Tara Air have been playing a major role in the private domestic air transportation sector since the last 14 years, according to the company.