Nepal Airlines (RA, Kathmandu) will resume scheduled mountain flights once a second MA-60 arrives in the country next year. Having recently completed test flights, the airline says it will only begin commercial flights once a back-up MA-60 aircraft is available.

“Following test flights, we and our technical team concluded that mountain flights are feasible with the Chinese-made plane,” Madan Kharel, managing director of Nepal Airlines, told the eKanipur news site. “We will start commercial flights in four months when another MA-60 plane arrives [from China].”

The carrier recently took delivery of its first of six Y12s which it will use to replace its fleet of ageing DHC-6s.

Goma Air (Nepal) (Kathmandu) also plans to venture into the same market with the recent arrival of its first Let 410.