Himalayan helicopter operator starts fixed wing ops

Himalayan helicopter operator starts fixed wing ops

21-Feb-2013 Source: HeliHub.com

Simrik Air, which flies two BK117s and a pair of Eurocopter AS350B3e helicopters has started scheduled operations wtih a Beech 1900.  The initial route goes from the capital Kathmandhu to Pokhara, approximately 200km to the west, with three return flights daily.  Executive chairman of Simrik Airlines Rameswhar Thapa made a statement saying that operations started Wednesday 13th February.

The airline plans more scheduled flights, expecting to add daily two flights to Simara and one to Bhairahawa.  Having previously focused on helicopter operations, the company branched out with the takeover of Guna Airlines, which had got itself into a difficult financial position after the failure of another group company which was involved in real estate.  Simrik paid 350 million rupees for Gana, approximately US$4 Million.

The company also flies four tourist flights per day to ensure good utilisation rates on the aircraft

Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

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