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Name : Buddha Air Download Company Profile
Type : Private Limited Company
Address : Buddha Air Pvt. Ltd
Post Box 2167
Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal
Contact :

Ph: 977-1-5521015, Fax: 977-1-5537726
Email: [email protected]

Registration Date : 23 April 1996
Registration Number (Office of the Company Registrar, Ministry of Industry, Government of Nepal) : 4836/052/53
Permanent Account Number (Internal Revenue Department, Ministry of Finance, Government of Nepal) : 500159293
Executive Chairman : Mr. Surendra Bahadur Basnet
Managing Director : Mr. Birendra Bahadur Basnet
Business : International/Domestic Flight Operator
Type and number of aircrafts : Two Beechcraft 1900D manufactured by Raytheon Aircraft (now Hawker Beechcraft), three ATR 42-320 and three ATR 72-500 manufactured by Alenia Aeronotica
Membership : Nepal Association of Travel Operators
Pacific Asia Travel Association – Nepal Chapter
Insured by : General Insurance Corporation, India 
Shikhar Insurance, Nepal



planeBuddha Air Pvt. Ltd is a privately operated air travel company founded on 23 April 1996 and registered as a private limited company at the Company Registrar Office of the Ministry of Industry, Government of Nepal, under the Company Act, 2021 BS of Nepal. The company headquarter is located at Jawalakhel, Lalitpur while there are two city sales offices in the most convenient locations within the Kathmandu Valley.

After 20 years of dedicated non-stop service, more than 100,000 flight hours logged in with over 10 million passengers flown to thirteen destinations with permanent runways in the country, Buddha Air today is the largest domestic air travel operator in Nepal employing more than 900 experienced professionals. The company has the largest fleet of the world’s best aircrafts amongst all domestic airliners in operation with two 18 seat Beechcraft-1900 D, three 47 seat ATR-42 and five 72 seat ATR 72-500 flying out to all the trunk routes with a minimum of 1200 m of permanent runway. It is the company’s policy to place safety at the highest priority. 


plane2Buddha Air prides itself in maintaining an absolutely clean and transparent financial accounting which is one of the reasons why the company has gained the trust of some of Nepal’s major banks as well as international institutions like the International Finance Corporation/World Bank (IFC/WB), General Insurance of India. Starting with an authorized capital of NRS 70 million the company cleared its loan of NRS 71 million within 6 years of establishment. On 27 September 2004, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation honored Buddha Air for being the first among private sector airlines in foreign exchange earning during the fiscal year 060/061. The company’s good governance practices earned the confidence of the International Finance Corporation/World Bank who provided a loan of USD 10 million to purchase two units of ATR-42-320 latest addition fleet in buddha air.

Buddha Air places great emphasis on safety and as well as operating new modern equipment, each aircraft is fully equipped with navigational aid equipment and flights are only operated in airports with asphalt runway of not less than 4000 feet length. The maintenance and engineering department has a fully trained workforce including 45 cockpit crew, 5 flight operation officers, 18 qualified engineers and 31 technicians. We maintain an inventory of aircraft and engine spares replacing any part that doesn’t pass our tests regardless of whether it is new or old with absolutely new parts. Buddha Air has also successfully completed a Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Project – South Asia audit as a an ardent follower of the manufacturers and industry standard in the performance of our flight operations maintenance and safety & procedures. Buddha Air has renewed its aviation insurance for the 12th consecutive year with zero claims, something no other airliner in Nepal has done.

Sector information:

Airport IATA Code Surface Runway Length Elevation Distance from KTM
Bharatpur BHR Paved 3800 ft 600 ft 94 km
Simara SIF Paved 4000 ft 450 ft 72 km
Biratnagar BIR Concrete 5000 ft 236 ft 232 km
Bhadrapur BDP Paved 5000 ft 300 ft 297 km
Janakpur JKR Paved 4000 ft 256 ft 127 km
Nepalgunj KEP Concrete 5000 ft 540 ft 371 km
Bhairahawa BWA Concrete 5000 ft 358 ft 193 km
Pokhara PKR Paved 4700 ft 2711 ft 146 km
Dhangadhi DHI Concrete 5000 ft 600 ft 476 km
Tumlingtar TMI Paved 4001 ft 1315 ft 187.052 km
Surkhet SKH Asphalt 3937 ft 236.22 ft 377 km