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Nepal prepares to procure six more aircraft from China

2014-06-10 05:00:18  来源: 【返回列表】

KATHMANDU, June 8 (Xinhua) -- After receiving one aircraft from China and five still in the process, the Nepali government has begun preparations to procure six more planes from China, officials said Sunday.

     The board meeting of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), Nepal's national flag carrier, over the weekend approved the decision to procure more planes. The proposal was approved by the Aviation Minister Bhim Acharya himself.   "The NAC board will now send a proposal to the line ministries including Finance Ministry seeking approval to procure the planes, "NAC spokesperson Ram Hari Sharma told Xinhua.

     According to him, the Aviation Ministry will soon decide either to procure the aircraft in grant or in soft loan. Sharma added that the NAC wants to procure more planes given the growth in aviation market in Nepal and to benefit the common Nepalis to the most.   "The ministry will then send the proposal to the Chinese authorities to help Nepal by providing the planned number of planes,"said Sharma."It would be much beneficial to Nepal if the Chinese government provide planes in grant, if not in soft loan."

     As per the plan, the NAC will get two Modern Ark 60 (MA60) and four Y12e planes.

     On April 28, the Nepali government received the first China- made air carrier, a 58-seater MA60. Earlier on Dec. 28 last year, the government had signed an agreement with its Chinese counterpart to procure and purchase six aircraft from China on concessional loan.

     The NAC said it will receive rest five planes by this year.