Shree Airlines, Nepal’s largest helicopter operator has brought on a plan to help their ever shrinking air passenger movement by diversifying into fixed-wing operations. Their plan involves bringing in three 50-seater Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet aircraft (CRJ-200) and three 100-seater Embraer ERJ aircraft to add to their fleet of six MI-17 and four Eurocopter AS350 B3e helicopters.
Shree Airlines is still waiting for the Tourism Ministry to approve the plans, but they are confident they will receive it, along with a No Objection Certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and its AOC (Air Operator Certificate). At the present moment they hold only an international operations licence for its MI-17 helicopters.
Not only will it expand the air travel industry in Nepal, which has dropped a staggering 5.95% in 2015, as reported by The Kathmandu Post, but it will expand the tourist activity being brought into the country and provide employment for around 200 people.
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