Nepal | August 16, 2020

Independence Day 2020

Altitude Air adds new Airbus chopper to its fleet

THT Online
Share Now:

Crew and board of directors of Altitude Air with newly brought Airbus helicopter at TIA in Kathmandu on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Courtesy: Altitude Air

KATHMANDU: The Altitude Air Pvt Ltd brought its second Airbus helicopter for commercial operations in the country, a statement issued by the company today said.

Assembled in Singapore-based Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia Pvt Ltd, the chopper with a call sign 9N-AMS has landed at Tribhuvan International Airport at 2:00 pm while Captain duo Nischal KC and Sobit Gauchan along with engineer Anirudra Shrestha conducted 17-hour-long ferry flight via Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh and India, Nima Nuru Sherpa, Managing Director of the company said.

According to him, the six-seater AS 350(H125) B3E chopper was renowned globally for high altitude search and rescue work with an impressive cargo-swing load capacity.

The company purchased the single-engine chopper at around 270 million rupees, he added.

The brand new chopper which was manufactured in March will help fulfill the need of general consumers, Sherpa said, adding that the company successfully conducted high altitude search and rescue operations through its first Airbus chopper. “As always, safety is our top priority,” Sherpa said.

The board of directors includes company’s chairman Lakpa Sonam Sherpa (Thamserku Trekking), MD Nima Nuru Sherpa (Cho-Oyu Treks), Vice-chairman Furba Gyaljen Sherpa (Himalayan Sherpa Adventure), Jiban Ghimire (Shangri-La Nepal Treks), Ram Prasad Sapkota (Himalayan Social Journey Treks), Mingma Gelu Sherpa (Seven Summits Club) and Jyoti Adhikari (Eco Trek International).

The tourism entrepreneurs also plan to invest nearly one billion rupees to ensure good quality service, according to Sherpa.  “We have a plan to buy more choppers next year.”

According to the Airbus, the H125 series are currently in-service worldwide, and are mainly used for high performance missions in high & hot conditions. “The H125 is a member of Airbus Helicopters’ rugged and proven Ecureuil family and some 6,000 Ecureuils have been delivered in nearly 120 countries for some 1,800 operators.”

Now, there are seven more helicopter companies operating in the country.

 


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

In Pictures: The monsoon woes

KATHMANDU: Due to poor drainage system along the roads in Kathmandu valley, motorists and pedestrians face difficulties to commute, during the monsoon season. Read More...

Govt’s failure to ensure timely fertiliser to hit paddy yield

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 14 The government has not been able to ensure smooth supply of fertiliser and that could dash farmers’ hope of a good yield as paddy plantation was completed in time this year. Earlier, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development had promised farmers that it would Read More...

44 feared dead in Sindhupalchowk landslide

KAVRE, AUGUST 14 Forty-four people are feared dead after a landslide swept away 37 houses in Lidi in Jugal Rural Municipality, Sindhupalchowk, this morning. Bodies of 10 locals have been recovered from the landslide debris, while 34 people have gone missing. Among the bodies recovered by Nepal Read More...

Supreme Court cuts down workload amidst COVID pandemic

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 14 The Supreme Court today decided to close its non-urgent court proceedings till August 31 due to spike in coronavirus cases. The court issued a press release saying it would allow urgent proceedings to go on unhindered, respecting the rule of social distancing and by adopting Read More...

Govt serving leftists alone, says Sitaula

JHAPA, AUGUST 14 Nepali Congress leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula has accused the government of working for the communists only. “Circumstances after the COVID-19 crisis have shown that the communist government is working for the communists only, not for the entire people. That is why the peopl Read More...

Damak, Jhapa

Community spread of COVID-19 feared in Damak Municipality

JHAPA, AUGUST 14 COVID-19 infection in six persons has fuelled suspicion of community spread of the virus in Jhapa’s Damak Municipality. According to the health department of the municipality, the infected include a girl of Damak-7 and five staffers of Nepal Electricity Authority Damak Distr Read More...

New law empowers local levels to control pollution in their area

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 14 The Environment and Natural Resources Protection Act-2020, enacted for the purpose of all local levels prohibit any person or organisation from causing pollution contrary to the existing standards, that may cause significant adverse impact on public life, human health and env Read More...

Gurkha officer reminisces about heroics of his grandfather

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 14 As the United Kingdom marks the 75th anniversary of ‘Victory over Japan Day,’ a Gurkha officer has paid tribute to his grandfather, who was awarded the Victoria Cross. Rifleman Bhanbhagta Gurung was given the nation’s highest honour for his valour in recognition of h Read More...