Board of Promoters
Buddha Air is a family owned operation. There are three proprietors (promoters) in the board, Chairman Mr. Surendra Bahadur Basnet, Managing Director Mr. Birendra Bahadur Basnet, and Promoter Mrs. Sunita Sijapati Basnet.
Board Chairman Surendra Bahadur Basnet was born in Dingla, Bhojpur on 1 January 1929 into a simple Nepali family. After moving to Biratnagar where he received his primary and higher secondary education he was sent to the Varanasi Hindu University in India which was the custom of those days. He completed his LLB, BSC and then his MA from the University before returning to Nepal to practice law.
Mr Basnet was appointed a judge in the Supreme Court of Nepal in 1964. Two years later, the then King Mahendra appointed him the Election Commissioner of Nepal with the responsibility of conducting the country’s first general election. He was later appointed Minister of Education and Law and the Minister for Finance and Industry. In 1970 he became the first chairman of the Press Council of Nepal. He served in various government commissions as chairman and/or a member until 1990. After more than four decades of an illustrious career, Mr. Basnet retired from civil service to manage his privately owned Bahumukhi Krishi Farm in Dangihat, (Morang). However, not being one to lead an easy retired life, he formed Buddha Air with his sons and has been leading the organization successfully as its Chairman since 1996.
Birendra Bahadur Basnet, eldest son of Mr. Surendra Basnet was born on 6 July 1964. He received his primary and secondary education from Budhanilkantha High School where he inculcated the fundamental values of life which he would implement in one of Nepal’s most prestigious institutions. After finishing his graduation from Tribhuvan University, he started working in his father’s farm in Morang from 1984 to 1992.
He initiated Buddha Air together with his father, brother and wife, and is successfully running the company as its Managing Director. He is also a Board member of Shikhar Insurance Company since 2005 as well as of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal since 2008. He is an active member of his alumni association the Society of Ex Budhanilkantha Students and was its General Secretary in 1982 and an Executive Member in 1983. Having come from an agricultural background he has initiated community development through assistance to farmers in Morang, assisting to establish a farmer’s cooperative there. He is married to Sunita Sijapati Basnet.
Sunita Sijapati Basnet was born on 3 May 1966. She did her Bachelor in Arts from the Tribhuvan University. She has been in the Board since 2007.