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Fleet Information/Specification

Buddha Air began with 1 Beech 1900 D and now has 11 best aircrafts. Buddha Air prides itself in maintaining safety as the highest priority and has always bought brand new aircrafts in line with this policy. At the moment Buddha Air owns a fleet of two Beechcraft 1900D, three ATR 42 -320 (Avions de Transport Régional or Aerei da Trasporto Regionale) and six ATR 72-500. 


Beechcraft 1900D (B1900D)

The B1900D has been modified and upgraded from its predecessor Beech 1900C and first commercially commissioned in March 1992. Buddha Air is the only airline operating brand new, straight-out-of-the-factory, and currently in production pressurized aircrafts in Nepal. The aircraft is manufactured by the US based Raytheon Aircraft Company (now Beechcraft, Textron Aviation). Each Beechcraft cost Buddha Air about US$ 5 million each.

The B1900D is the only 19 seat aircraft in the world to meet FAA’s stringent turbine engine rotor burst requirement and the FAR 23. The aircraft has all the modern avionics, instruments and airframe including weather radar and EFIS (semi glass cockpit) that are in modern jetliners. The engines PT6A-67Ds are more powerful than its predecessors and have a service ceiling of 33,000 feet and a single engine performance of 17,500 feet. B1900D is also the chosen 19-seater aircraft of the American Aircraft Pilot's Association.

Beech 1900D aircrafts are equipped with state-of-the-art safety devices like TCAS, GPWS, radar etc. Our aircrafts have very wide seats - similar to those on MD 80 jets. Full pressurization and air conditioning allow instant optimum cabin temperature. The remarkably low noise level helps you relax and concentrate more on the views outside. Full stand-up cabin height and reading lights add to your comfort.

The Beech 1900D is a substantial redesign of the earlier 1900C model entered service featuring a wing span (over winglets) of 17.67m (58ft), wing area of 28.8 sq m (310.0sq ft), length of 17.63m (57ft 10in), and height of 4.72m (15ft 6in) in 1991. The Beechcraft 1900 D is the latest and last version of the world famous Beechcraft 1900 series used as a regional airliner and corporate transporter and run on two 955kW (1280shp) P&WC PT6A67D turboprops. It has maximum cruising speed of 533km/h (288kt) and is capable of long range cruises of up to 2776km (1498nm). It can fly with a maximum takeoff weight of 7688kg (17,120lb) and requires two flight crews.


ATR 42-320

ATR is a French-Italian aircraft manufacturer formed in 1981 by Aérospatiale of France (now EADS) and Aeritalia (now Alenia Aeronautica) of Italy. Its primary products are the ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft.

Alenia Aeronautica's manufacturing facilities in Pomigliano d'Arco, near Naples, Italy produce the aircraft fuselage and tail sections. Aircraft wings are assembled at EADS Sogerma in Bordeaux in western France for Airbus France. Final assembly, flight-testing, certification and deliveries are the responsibility of ATR in Toulouse, France.

The ATR 42-320 is the second development of the ATR 42. It draws from in-service experience of about 700 ATR aircrafts flying worldwide, with average dispatch reliability in excess of 99.6%. It uses Pratt and Whitney Canada PW121E engines offering a cruise speed of 250 knots, a fast climb from 1,500 ft to 17,000 ft in less than 10 min, outstanding take-off and single engine performance maintained even in hot and high condition. It has excellent short-field performance and step approach capability.

The ATR 42-320 provides passengers with an on-board comfort and services comparable to the jetliner. It has a high cruise ceiling of about 7,000 m (21,000 ft) with inherent stability and can operate in a maximum altitude of 25,000ft. It features large overhead bins including a handrail to facilitate passengers and crew movement along the cabin and has more windows than rows of seats for optimized views, individual reading lights and cabin attendant call system along with quiet, comfortable and spacious cabins.


ATR 72-500

ATR 72-500 represents the latest generation of turboprop aircraft with comfort and performance. The 70-seat ATR 72-500 is known to be the best aircraft with turbo-prop engines. Powered by PW127 engines, which is also used to power ATR 42-500, the ATR 72-500 provides an outstanding short field performance for an aircraft of this size. The modernized new look, passenger cabins, ergonomic leather seats and quieter than regional jets are the main features that make it the most comfortable aircraft for regional operations.

In ATR 72-500, a range of improvements in the field of noise and vibration has been implemented. The aircraft has an optimized, efficient and technologically advanced acoustic treatment of the structure with the installation of Dynamic Vibration Absorbers and skin damping. A new look interior is engineered for maximum noise reduction and optimum comfort through new materials, absorbent panels and carpets. There are large overhead bins including handrail to facilitate passengers and crew movement along the cabin.

ATR 72-500 emits about 50% less CO2 per passenger-km than new-generation jets and up to three times less CO2 than older ones. Compared to a car, the ATR 72-500's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per seat/km on a 200-Nm (370 km) sector are 15% lower.


Fleet Specifications

Aircraft Engine Model Year  of Manufacture Aircraft Reg. No. MSN MTOW Date of Operation
B1900D PWC PT6A-67D 1997 9N-AEE UE-286 17,120 LBS September 30, 1997
B1900D PWC PT6A-67D 1998 9N-AEW UE-328 17,120 LBS September 28, 1998
ATR 42-320 PWC PW121 1995 9N-AIM 388 16700 KG September 20, 2008
ATR 42-320 PWC PW121 1995 9N-AIN 403 16700 KG September 17, 2008
ATR 42-320 PWC PW121 1996 9N-AIT 409 16700 KG May 14, 2009
ATR 72-500 PW127F/M 1997 9N-AJO 535 22500 KG July 2, 2010
ATR 72-500 PW127F/M 1997 9N-AJS 531 22500 KG Sept. 1, 2011
ATR 72-500 PW127F/M 1999 9N-AJX 578 22500 KG September 26, 2012
ATR 72-500 PW127F/M 2006 9N-AMD 735 22500 KG March 4, 2017
ATR 72-500 PW127F/M 2007 9N-AMF 764 22500 KG March 02, 2018
ATR 72-500 2x PW100/150 2007 9N-AMU 759 22500 KG August 05, 2018