Everest Mountainflight by Buddha Air

Everest Experiences with
Beech 1900D & ATR 42-320 / 72-500

The B1900D have been modified and upgraded from its predecessor Beech 1900C and first commercially commissioned in March 1992. Buddha Air is the only airline operating brand new, straight-out-of-the-factory, and currently in production pressurized aircrafts in Nepal. The aircraft is manufactured by the US based Raytheon Aircraft Company (now Hawker Beech craft). Each Beech craft cost Buddha Air about US$ 5 million each.

The B1900D is the only 19 seat aircraft in the world to meet FAA’s stringent turbine engine rotor burst requirement and the FAR 23. The aircraft has all the modern avionics, instruments and airframe including weather radar and EFIS (semi glass cockpit) that are in modern jetliners. The engines PT6A-67Ds are more powerful than its predecessors and have a service ceiling of 33,000 feet and a single engine performance of 17,500 feet. B1900D is also the chosen 19-seater aircraft of the American Aircraft Pilot's Association.

Beech 1900D aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art safety devices like TCAS, GPWS, radar etc. Our aircraft have very wide seats - similar to those on MD 80 jets. Full pressurization and air conditioning allow instant optimum cabin temperature. The remarkably low noise level helps you relax and concentrate more on the views outside. Full stand-up cabin height and reading lights add to your comfort.

The Beech 1900D is a substantial redesign of the earlier 1900C model entered service featuring a wing span (over winglets) of 17.67m (58ft), wing area of 28.8 sq m (310.0sq ft), length of 17.63m (57ft 10in), and height of 4.72m (15ft 6in) in 1991.

The Beechcraft 1900 D is the latest and last version of the world famous Beechcraft 1900 series used as a regional airliner and corporate transporter and run on two 955kW (1280shp) P&WC PT6A67D turboprops. It has maximum cruising speed of 533km/h (288kt) and is capable of long range cruises of upto 2776km (1498nm). It can fly with a maximum takeoff weight of 7688kg (17,120lb) and requires two flight crews.



Buddha Air is the only airlines in Nepal that operates five brand new, straight out of the factory, currently in production, full pressurized, state-of-the-art third generation aircraft-Beech 1900D. Each of them worth at least US$ 5 Million US Dollars.

ATR 42-320

ATR is an French-Italian aircraft manufacturer formed in 1981 by Aérospatiale of France (now EADS) and Aeritalia (now Alenia Aeronautica) of Italy. Its primary products are the ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft.

Alenia Aeronautica’s manufacturing facilities in Pomigliano d’Arco, near Naples, Italy produce the aircraft fuselage and tail sections. Aircraft wings are assembled at EADS Sogerma in Bordeaux in western France for Airbus France. Final assembly, flight-testing, certification and deliveries are the responsibility of ATR in Toulouse, France.

The ATR 42-320 is the second development of the ATR 42. It draws from in-service experience of about 700 ATR aircrafts flying worldwide, with average dispatch reliability in excess of 99.6%. It uses Pratt and Whitney Canada PW121E engines offering a cruise speed of 250 knots, a fast climb from 1,500 ft to 17,000 ft in less than 10 min, outstanding take-off and single engine performance maintained even in hot and high condition. It has excellent short-field performance and step approach capability.

The ATR 42-320 provides passengers with an on-board comfort and services comparable to the jetliner. It has a high cruise ceiling of about 7,000 m (21,000 ft) with inherent stability and can operate in a maximum altitude of 25,000ft. It features large overhead bins including a handrail to facilitate passengers and crew movement along the cabin and has more windows than rows of seats for optimized views, individual reading lights and cabin attendant call system along with quiet, comfortable and spacious cabins.


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Our Aircraft

1900 Beech craft

a 30-passenger, pressurized twin-engine

  • Maximum weight (-120) 11,990 kg
  • Accommodation:30
  • Wingspan:19.8m, length: 20.1m, leight: 6.4m
  • Original design life 60,000 cycles, 40,000h, 22 years
  • Average fleet age: nine years

ATR aircraft



ATR has always made optimal use of advanced technologies providing fuel-efficient aircraft to the airline industry. ATR aims at furthering its contribution to ensure a sustainable future for the aviation industry, and reconciling air transport growth while minimizing environmental impact.

Highly efficient and operating at lower speeds, ATR aircraft contribute to a small fraction of aircraft attributable emissions. They operate at low altitudes, have no effect on the ozone layer and upper atmosphere, and provide optimized capacity, to adapt frequencies to the regional airlines requirements. Materials, procedures and technologies used to produce ATR aircraft are constantly improved and monitored to minimize environmental impact across the entire life cycle.


The ATR 42-320 has the lowest seat-mile costs in its market segment.

On 300 Nm sector, the ATR 42-320 features less fuel consumption, lower engine maintenance costs and significantly lower airport charges, when compared to 50-seater jet. The aircraft is more efficient than regional jet aircraft on short-haul routes: it emits about 20% less CO2 per passenger-km than new-generation jets and up to three times less CO2 than older ones.


The ATR 42-320 offers a combination of high overall performance and comfort unmatched in its class, while keeping cost efficiency competitive. The ATR 42-320 secondary structure is extensively made of corrosion-resistant composite material. Generous operational weights adapted to new regulatory standards provide the ATR 42-320 with a maximum range of 840 Nm or an out and return trip of 370 Nm without refueling, both at full passenger payload. Short and narrow runways, hot and high airports, demanding airfields are the daily environment for ATR 42-320 worldwide.

Quality Control Systems

The Quality Assurance division of the Engineering Department monitors various functions to perform surveillance inspections for the operation and incoming parts inspections. This group also acts as liaison with the CAAN and is responsible for regulatory compliance.

A second group is responsible for the technical records and library. Additional staff in this group is responsible for the Reliability Program, designed to ensure the aircraft operating systems and associated components and parts are capable of supporting safe operating aircraft.

Engine / Spare Parts

Buddha Air’s fleet management plan is conducted inline with Pratt and Whitney Engine Management Program. Our aircrafts are equipped with ADAS from which we monitor the engine to enhance flight safety standards as well as reduce maintenance cost. Adequate spare parts are available to support the operating aircraft as per our published schedule.

Maintenance Schedule

We have a comprehensive tracking system to ensure all maintenance and inspection tasks which are scheduled and complied with. The maintenance program conforms to the manufacturer’s maintenance manual as well as to the civil aviation airworthy requirements of CAAN.


Although Buddha Air has had zero insurance claim till date, all passengers are backed by third party, passenger baggage legal liability insurance including body injury/ property damage claim of up to US$ 60 million. Our aircrafts are backed by Pratt & Whitney's complete fleet maintenance and manpower plan, which includes 100% quality maintenance.

The insurance of Buddha Air is handled by the leading insurance broker in the Lloyds market, Marsh Limited and has the leading insurance underwriter of the world, AIG. The risk analysis is done by AON-another leading broker.