Start-up carrier Namaste Nepalese Airlines is now planning to commence operations in mid-June as a result of delays in the delivery of its aircraft.
The carrier had previously planned to commence operations in March 2013 but the delivery of its two ATR 72-500 turboprops was pushed back as deregistration from their previous operator was only completed recently.
Namaste's chairman Raja Khatri says that the aircraft were formerly operated by India's Kingfisher Airlines, but did not disclose which company they were being leased from.
He adds that it has yet to secure a lease for the third aircraft, which will be an ATR 42-500.
The airline received its air operator's certificate in end-November last year, with plans to operate domestic services from Siddharthnagar to seven domestic points, including the Himalayan country's capital, Kathmandu.