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The B1900D have 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 Hawker Beech craft). Each Beech craft 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 aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art safety devices like TCAS, GPWS, radar etc. Our aircraft 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 wingless) 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.

ATR 42-320: 

ATR is an French-Italian aircraft manufacturer formed in 1981 by Aerospatiale 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.

The Beechcraft 1900C, simply called the Beech, is a 19-passenger, pressurized twin-engine manufactured by the of the. It was designed as and is primarily used as a. It is also used as a, corporate transport, and by several governments and the military.

The aircraft is designed to carry passengers in all weather conditions from with relatively short. It is capable of flying well in excess of 970 km/h. In terms of the number of aircraft built and its continued use by many passenger airlines and other users, it is one of the most popular 19-passenger airliners in history.

Advanced, easy to access avionics and electronic component greatly reduces the pilot’s work load which greatly enhances his performance. It is the fastest turbo-prop aircraft operating in Nepal, significantly reducing travel time. It is the only aircraft in Nepal which has an EGPWS system (Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System) which works both horizontally and vertically and TCAS-II (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) making it safer and better suited to fly in the mountainous regions of Nepal.

Agni Air operates daily mountain flight from the Kathmandu airport for one hour in the morning. Mountain flight is suitable for all categories of traveler. For those who are restricted by time from going trekking can get panoramic view of the Himalayas in just an hour.

As the aircraft lifts up and heads towards the east, passengers don’t have to wait too long to find out what is in store for them. There they are – the mountains, as they always have been.

First to their far left visitors see Gosaithan, also called Shisha Pangma, Standing at the majestic height of 8,013m. Immediately to the right of Gosaithan, there appears Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), a mountain that looks like the number 8 lying down and covered with snow. To the right of Dorje Lakpa is Phurbi-Ghyachu, which looms over the Kathmandu Valley.

As the plane moves along, the mountains come closer and closer. Next on the vision is Choba-Bhamare, the smallest one of the lot at 5,933m but singularly stubborn as it has never been climbed. Then appears the mountain that is not only prominent in sight but also in spiritually – Gauri-Shankar. Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, at the proud height of 7,134m and the summit had a history of unsuccessful attempts till 1979. Gauri-Shankar is sharp and very conspicuous during the mountain flight.

As the plane moves towards the land of the rising sun, the eastern Himalaya a succession of glorious mountains follows. Melungtse, a Plateau – like mountain stretches up to 7,023m, Chugimago at 6,297m is still a virgin, waiting to be climbed. At 6,956m, Numbur Mountain resembles a breast, maternal source in the sky providing pure milk to the Shepas of the Solu Khumbu. Next is Karyolung, an intensely white mountain that at 6,511m gleams with the rising sun. Cho-Oyu is the eighth highest mountain in the world. Reaching a height of 8,201m, it appears stunningly beautiful from the aircraft.

Next on the menu is Gyanchungkang, at a majestic height of 7,952m, considered an extremely difficult climb. To the right of Gyanchungkang is Pumori (7,161m). As passengers get closer to Everest, there’s Nuptse (7,855m), which means West Peak, signifying its direction from Everest.

Finally, there’s Everest (8,848m) itself, known as Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. Much has already been written about Everest, but to actually witness it face to face during a mountain flight is something else. Even while it looms therein front of the eyes, it remains and enigma, this highest spot on earth.


To all Aaradhana Teams! Its been an absolute pleasure to meet you all and I am very greatful for your hospitality and all the help I have received during my stay in Nepal. I hope you will continue this …

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