Buddha Air : Press Release

PASSENGER SERVICE CHARGES

As all of you are aware of a decision taken by Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), it has been decided that the ‘passenger service charges’ meant for all domestic flights departing from Tribhuvan International Airport, Office of the Civil Aviation, Kathmandu, must be included in the air tickets.

As per the CAAN’s notice, Buddha Air would like to inform its valued passengers that it would add Rs 200/- as passenger service charges (PSC) in the air tickets with effect from July 16, 2013.
 
Hence, this arrangement would be implemented for the passengers(only for outgoing from TIA Domestic Airport) travelling to all Buddha Air’s domestic destinations from 16 July, 2013 onwards.
 
The passengers, who have purchased air tickets earlier before publishing this notice, are kindly requested to deposit the amount compulsorily at a check-in counter of the Buddha Air as the PSC has not been included in the tickets.

5 July 2013

Buddha Air adds another ATR 72-500 as its 9th aircraft to the fleet

Buddha Air has added another aircraft ATR 72-500 to its fleet. Buddha Air now has 2 ATR 72-500, 3 ATR 42-320 and 4 Beech 1900 D aircrafts. The newly added aircraft is a 70 seated and is planned to operate flights at Biratnagar, Bhadrapur, Nepalgunj and Bhairahawa. With the addition of ninth aircraft, Buddha Air is determined to cater more comfortable flight operations to the passengers.

-  3 Aug 2011

Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu & Tumlingtar-Biratnagar-Tumlingtar Flights

In the process of facilitating passengers and expanding destinations, Buddha Air proudly announces the commencement of flights Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu and Tumlingtar-Biratnagar-Tumlingtar flights. There will be daily 2 Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu flights from 5 June, 2011 and Weekly 3 Tumlingtar-Biratnagar-Tumlingtar flights (Sunday, Wednesday and Friday) from 12 June, 2011.

The schedule details and flight timings are given below.

Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu (Daily 2 Flights)
 

Flight No.

Sector

Flight Time

281

282

KTM-TMI

TMI-KTM

 

9:30

11:30 (SUN, WED, FRI)

10:20 (MON, TUE, THU, SAT)

283

284

KTM-TMI

TMI-KTM

14:20

15:10

 

Tumlingtar-Biratnagar-Tumlingtar (Weekly 3 flights Sun, Wed, Fri)
 

Flight No.

Sector

Flight Time

691

692

TMI-BIR

BIR-TMI

10:20

10:55

 

- 1 Jun 2011

Paro (BHUTAN) Flight

After 13 years of dedicated and successful operation in the skies of Nepal, Buddha Air now spreads its wings in the international market. Buddha Air proudly announces operation of chartered flights to PARO (Bhutan) by BEECH 1900 D aircraft from 23 August 2010.

- 4 Aug 2010

Bigger Aircraft Better Comfort in Nepalese SKY

On June 20, 2010, Buddha Air's new aircraft ATR 72-500 landed at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). It's a twin turboprop short-haul regional airliner built by the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR. With this Buddha Air's fleet now has 8 aircrafts that include 1 ATR 72-500, 3 ATR 42- 320 and 4 Beech 1900D.
 

ATR 72-500 is considered best in the series of Turboprop engine aircraft. The combination of comfortable 70 leather seats and very low noise cabin helps passengers to sense the comfort like that of Jet aircraft. Initially, ATR 72-500 will be deployed for domestic operation that is set to commence from July 1. From September, the aircraft will be used to carry out international flights as well.

- 21 Jun 2010

We proudly announce the launching of our e-ticketing system to our valued customers.

To get above facility you must be a member of esewa account, so please log on to https//esewa.com.np to become a member which is free of cost.

Once you become member of esewa, your separate account shall be created with initial balance of zero amount. You can increase your balance amount through recharge card from esewa or transferring amount online from following listed partner banks. You can also withdraw amount from your esewa account to partner banks online. There is no need to deposit your amount for a longer period of time in your esewa account.
 

You can purchase our e-ticket in following ways;

  • If you have sufficient balance amount with esewa, you can directly purchase it.
  • If you do not want to deposit amount with esewa then you can make online payments from Bank of Asia and Global Bank which is very secure and reliable.
  • You can online transfer amount to your esewa account from Laxmi Bank, Kumari Bank and Citizen Bank and purchase it.

One copy of e-ticket will automatically sent in to your email address after you purchase it and you can also save the ticket in your computer at the time of purchase. You can also purchase e-tickets in the name of your loved ones and send e-ticket to them through mail.
 

We are in a process of negotiation with other banks as well and it will be listed in esewa account as soon as the negotiation is finalized.
 

Our esewa members will get certain promotional discounts in every class of ticket in every destination.

- 28 May 2010 

BUDDHA AIR BEGINS INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

On May 25, 2010 Buddha Air successfully operated its test flight to Paro International Airport. This move has transformed Buddha Air itself, from a domestic carrier to an international carrier. BEECH 1900D was deployed for the flight from Kathmandu to Paro. The flight which took off at 9:30 in the morning landed after 1hr 15 minutes at Paro International Airport, which is situated at 55 km distance from capital city Thimpu. With this step, Buddha Air has placed itself as the fist Nepali Airline Company to commence flights to Bhutan.
 

Buddha Air is scheduled to begin commercial flights from Kathmandu to Paro from July 17. In the first phase, the airline will operate four flights a week- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Later, from September, the commercial flights will take off on daily basis.
 

Buddha Air will operate one charter and one commercial flight from October, which is the peak season for tourism in the Druk Kingdom. Besides, we will also operate extra chartered flights as well if the demand increases.

- 25 May 2010

CODE Change from BHA to U4

This is to notify all concerned people that airlines code of Buddha Air has changed from "BHA" to "U4" for commercial ticketing purpose. Buddha Air has been assigned the "U4" code in accordance with (International Air Traffic Association) IATA Resolution 762. The designator code will be used in reservations, schedules, timetables, telecommunications, ticketing, cargo documentation, legal tariff and other commercial traffic purposes. This transformation is needed as Buddha Air is starting international flight operations and IATA code is necessary for its commencement.

- 16 May 2010

Flight Delay

With the onset of winter, it is quite natural that flights are delayed or cancelled due to poor visibility. Owing to the poor visibility problem, it is difficult to predict when the first flight takes place. We are extremely sorry for the delay. Buddha Air has tried to counter the problem by launching its first flight relatively late in the morning and with sufficient time gaps between flights. However, sometimes fog stays for up to 11 a.m. in Kathmandu. Similar is the situation in the Terai. Cold waves across the southern plains of Nepal during winter seasons lead to extreme flight delays and even cancellations.
 

With the proliferation of airlines, the number of flights has gone up at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). And while the number of flights went up over the years, the size of the airport did not. This has congested the airport. If not addressed immediately, the situation will only deteriorate in the future. The problem is aggravated by an increasing number of VIP flights to and from TIA.
 

We are extremely sorry and apologize to our valued passengers for flight delays, which is in fact not a fault of ours.
 

The first criterion for a profitable airline operation is to utilize all available aircrafts to their maximum. But we are not in a position to add extra aircrafts to compensate delays during the short foggy season -- that usually lasts three months. The problem of flight delay has been aggravated this year due to the above-mentioned reasons, but Buddha Air is trying its best to counter it.

- 31 Dec, 2010

All the Best Summiteers

Glaciers melting and landscapes changing are considered global phenomena. Newly formed glacial lakes are in a verge of destruction. To highlight the impact of changing weather conditions and the importance of Himalayas, an event organized by National Trust for Nature Conservation will be held at the Copenhagen Climate Summit on December 11, 2009. The event carries a theme "Summiteers' Summit to Save the Himalayas" with an objective to call upon the world community to help save the Himalayas. Renowned Everest summiteer Appa Sherpa along with more than 26 Everest summiteers, 4 Ministers and 10 journalists from Nepal, will be joined by other mountain lovers to delve into the issue.

Buddha Air, being a part of the society and blending in the same environment, cannot be separated from this critical issue. In order to make this event successful, Buddha Air has sponsored for Ms. Shaili Basnet, one of the Everest summiteers participating at the summit, for her expenses at Copenhagen. Buddha Air further extends its best wishes towards the successful accomplishment of the event.