The planned launch of Namaste Nepalese Airlines has been delayed until the middle of September after the carrier failed to secure leases for three ATR turboprops.
The carrier had previously planned to commence operations in June with one ATR 42 and two ATR 72s. However, the airline could not secure the lease of an ATR 42-500 and an agreement to lease two ATR 72-500s from a UK-based lessor fell through, says its chairman Raju Khatri.
It has since acquired two Dornier 228 and three BAE Systems Jetstream 41 aircraft from another Nepali carrier, Agni Air, which Khatri says has ceased operations.
Khatri adds that, even with the latest aircraft acquisition, it still hopes to secure leases for the three ATRs.
The airline received its air operator's certificate in November 2012, and plans to operate domestic services from Siddarthnagar to seven domestic points, including the country's capital Kathmandu.
Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database shows that Namaste Nepalese Airlines is scheduled to complete the purchase of two Dornier 228s (MSNs 8165 and 9198) and three Jetstream 41s (MSNs 41055, 41058 aand 41064) this month.