Kathmandu, September 18 Yeti Airlines has announced the addition of a third ATR72-500 aircraft with MSN 776 to its fleet. This aircraft with Nepali registration number 9N-ALN arrived today at approximately 2:50pm, flying from France-Toulouse-Italy-Egypt via Muscat, as per a media release. The crew members on board were Captain Pramod Poudel, Captain Ramod Kunwar Shrestha, and Captain Surendra Kunwar, flight dispatcher Santa Prajapati, Senior Engineer Suresh Kumar Bajracharya and CAAN representative Bharat Raj Parajuli. The ATR72-500 is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft manufactured by the French-Italian consortium ATR. It is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW127 engines and equipped with Hamilton Sundstrand composite blade propellers.  These high-tech engines and propellers ensure exceptional performance, fuel efficiency, remarkably low noise and low greenhouse gas emissions. Well known global operators of the ATR72-500 aircraft are Air New Zealand, Aer Lingus, SAS, HOP!, Flybe, Azul, Bangkok Airways, Jet Airways and Malindo, among others. This ATR72-500 aircraft has been purchased from KF Turbo Leasing Ltd and will be one of the youngest ATR72 aircraft operating in Nepal, the release says. “With the addition of this aircraft, Yeti Airlines will expand its ATR72 operations to Bhadrapur and Pokhara — and will help facilitate Nepal achieve its target of two million tourist arrivals by the year 2020.” Having commenced its operations from 1998, Yeti Airlines now operates three ATR72-500 and six BAE Systems Jetstream 41 aircraft. Along with Tara Air, its sister airline which operates two Dornier Do228 and four DHC6 Twin Otter aircraft, Yeti Airlines operates the widest network of flight routes in Nepal.