Suddenly:Nepal grounds all Chinese-made aircraft! Domestic-made aircraft encounter obstacles again
From July 16, Nepal Airlines will no longer operate all its Chinese aircraft. This includes 2 Xi’an MA60 and 4 Harbin Y12. The aircraft in question has not proved to be beneficial, and is therefore regarded as a liability.
Nepal Air Y12
Nepal Airlines claims that it cannot afford the flight costs of the aircraft, so these aircraft will be grounded in the foreseeable future. According to the Kathmandu Post, the order was issued by Nepal Airlines, hoping to reduce losses for this flag carrier. In addition, the function and performance of the Y12e aircraft have been questioned.
Nepal Airlines added 6 aircraft to its fleet in 2014, which is known as Nepal Airlines’ first order in 28 years.
In government-to-government transactions, Nepal appears to be forced to buy aircraft. (In a government-to-government deal, it appears Nepal was forced to acquire the aircraft.) The sale began in November 2011, when technical teams from Bangladesh and Nepal visited China to inspect MA60 and Y12.
The Kathmandu Post reported:“The Chinese government said that if Nepal wants some free aircraft, it will have to buy some aircraft” (Chinese government said Nepal would have to buy a number of aircraft if it wanted some for free)
The team from Bangladesh thinks these aircraft are “inappropriate”, while Nepal has reached an agreement with China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) to purchase six aircraft. This transaction occurred in 2012. As a result, two years later, China presented Nepal Airlines with one MA60 and one Y12.
However, according to Achyut Pahari, a member of the board of Nepal Airlines, this is the airline’s worst decision. According to the Post, Pahali said:
“This is due to greed for commissions. Their technical team submitted a fabricated report. Comparing Y12e with Twin Otter, And compare MA60 with ATR-72. Nepal Airlines is paying for it. Driving these planes means throwing money again and again.” (“It was prompted by greed for commissions. They The technical team submitted a fabricated report . The Y12e was compared with the Twin Otter, and the MA60 was compared with the ATR-72. Nepal Airlines is paying the price now. Flying these planes means throwing good money after bad.”)
MA60 and Y12e
Xi’an MA60 is a twin-engine turboprop engine that can accommodate 60 passengers. It is specially designed for short-haul and domestic routes. Harbin Y12e, also a twin-engine turboprop aircraft, is a high-wing aircraft that can seat 17 people.
MA60 is a Chinese-made aircraft that flew for the first time in 2000.
Earlier this year, an accident occurred on a Y12e aircraft of Nepal Airlines. This incident also prompted all Chinese aircraft to ground.
On March 28, the Economic Times said that the Y12e plane landed 60 meters from the runway of Nepargonji Airport. The plane suddenly turned and stopped before entering the grassland. Therefore, the aircraft was deemed”unsuitable for the terrain of Nepal”.
The first MA60 aircraft arrived in Nepal in April 2014, and four more Y12 aircraft were added in November of the same year. At the time, Nepal Airlines had no trained pilots flying the plane. At present, there is still no suitable pilot.
In fact, one of the two MA60s has been grounded for three years.
Sanjiv Gautam, former director general of the Nepal Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), believes that flag carrier aviation could have done better. He said in the”Kathmandu Post” that the airline should ensure that there are suitable pilots before buying an aircraft.
The fate of these aircraft
Since the aircraft purchased by Nepal Airlines was purchased by loan, this airline has always had difficulty paying, especially Because it did not make full use of this aircraft. In addition, COVID-19 also affects the airline’s financial situation.
The Kathmandu Post reported that the Nepalese government must pay “an annual interest rate of 1.5%, service fees and management fees, equivalent to 0.4%of the total loan amount of the Ministry of Finance based on the transaction”.
Then the ministry charged Nepal Airlines with an annual interest rate of 8%on the loan amount paid.
Tri Ratna Manandhar of the Ministry of Civil Aviation of Nepal said that auctioning off the aircraft can benefit airlines.
“It seems that they cannot be flown. Therefore, it is wise to auction them because they will continue to increase losses,” he said in the Kathmandu Post.
However, things may not be that simple, because the company struggled to sell a Boeing 757 in 2019 span>plane. Whatever it is, airlines should not hesitate to make decisions quickly. It will either sell these aircraft or make the most of them by obtaining suitable pilots and conducting flight tests. (Source:Civil Aviation Data Control)