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Drukair A319 PBH-DEL In Y W/TONS Of Pix/Vid  
User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1108 posts, RR: 8
Posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 22407 times:

Before starting, I would just like briefly list some historical facts about Drukair:

- Its first revenue flight occurred on Feb 11 1983 as KB 101 to CCU from PBH.
- KB began flights to DAC on Oct 30 1986.
- A BAe 146 was ordered in 1987 and it was delivered on Nov 21 1988.
- Service to DEL, BKK, and KTM began in 1988 and 1989.
- A second BAe 146 entered service in 1992.
- Two brand new A319’s were delivered in late 2004 making it the largest single purchase Bhutan had ever made. Buddhist astrologists were consulted to make sure the aircrafts were delivered on an auspicious day, Oct 19 2004.
- Drukair is currently the only airline aloud into Bhutan and is based at Bhutan’s only international airport, Paro Airport.

This TR with include the following flight:
- KB 204 PBH-KTM-DEL (A319)

I had originally intended to do a TR on the DEL-PBH sector, however I discovered that my camera battery was dead as I arrived to check-in at DEL. Thankfully my video camera was still working, so I was able to capture the world famous approach into PBH. This is arguably the most dangerous approach in the world that commercial jets fly.

Click here to view the arrival video into PBH.

Also I’ll add a quick summary of KB 205 (DEL-KTM-PBH) before I begin this TR.

Due to the fog delayed in DEL, the flight was delayed for about 4 hours. KB didn’t really communicate too well about the delay in DEL but it was obvious that the fog was preventing any aircraft from departing or arriving. After about 2 hours into the delay, KB bought subway sandwiches for everyone on the flight, which was very nice. Something a U.S. carrier would probably never do. Anyway, we boarded at about 11:30, push backed at about 12:10, and took off at about 12:45. I was worried about making the curfew into PBH, which is 16:30, but we made it in with 30 minutes to spare thankfully.

Anyway, back to this TR. After a FANTASTIC trip throughout Bhutan (Thimphu, Punakha, and Paro) it was time to return back to the U.S.

Purchasing tickets for Drukair is very challenging. They are not in any GDS (that I’m aware of) and the time table on their website is not accurate. A travel company in India who arranged our trip to Bhutan issued the tickets for Drukair and handled the visas. I was shocked to see that we had received e-tickets via e-mail and to discover Drukair doesn’t issue paper tickets at all.

Drukair KB 204


We were driven to Paro International Airport and arrived about 2:30 before our flight. This airport is very cool looking with traditional Bhutanese architecture.








As we entered the terminal, there were two security agents sitting at a desk next to the door. They didn’t seem to take any notice of our entrance so we just continued towards the check-in desks. Shortly after, we realized the check-in desks were behind a security checkpoint that people were freely walking past. There was also a way to walk around the checkpoint completely by going through a set of doors. Before checking-in my dad walked freely past security and then past immigration without be checked by anyone because he was looking for a shop to buy some last-minute souvenirs.




Anyway, at about 12:00 the check-in desks opened and the security checkpoint “opened” and they began to actually scan bags. People were still avoiding this checkpoint completely by walking around through that set of doors I mentioned earlier.

After being x-rayed, our bags were tagged with a “Security Checked” label.

After we arrived at the check-in desk, we waited about 10 minutes until an agent appeared and began the check-in process. The check-in process was completely manual here. I don’t believe any computers were being used and the lady was holding a printed manifest and wrote down our seat number on them. As we were checking-in, we asked for two window seats behind each other behind the wing. The check-in agent did not seem too fond of this idea and gave us a center and window in row 12, which is over the wing. My father tried to ask again and she did give us two windows, however, still over the wing. I was hoping for seats behind the wing so I could take pictures of the mountains without the wing obstructing it.


After checking-in, we went pass immigration for real this time and waited in this holding area.


C class lounge.


As I was exploring the holding area, I noticed this conveyor belt down a hallway so I wondered over to see what it was. It turned out this was the belt that transferred checked baggage from the check-in desk to the location where it is then loaded on to the aircraft. Is it not a security problem that anyone can just walk up to this un-guarded belt? It seems that it would be easy for someone to put something in someone else’s checked baggage. I seriously doubt there are any terrorist intentions in the country of Bhutan, but still.


After more waiting, we were told to proceed through another security checkpoint to another holding area. As I entered the second holding area, I discovered a bunch of people sitting there. There were still a bunch of people in the other holding room so this was confusing because it seemed like too many people to fit on one A319 to KTM and DEL.


The aircraft I thought would taking us to DEL, A5-RGF.




At about 12:30, a bunch of people lined up at the boarding door. As I approached the door and the agent looked at my boarding pass, she yelled “WRONG FLIGHT! THIS ONE TO BANGKOK, NOT DELHI!” Oops! The BKK flight was supposed to leave a 09:00. I wonder where our aircraft was then…

I then began to worry because our aircraft was not on the ground when it was supposed to arrive into PBH at 10:00. Plus, we had to connect to AI 102 to JFK at 00:30. To my relief, A5-RGG landed at about 12:45!




And just as A5-RGG parked, A5-RGF pushed back.





Airline: Drukair – Royal Bhutan Airlines
Aircraft: Airbus A319-115
Flight: KB 204
Date: 04-Jan-09
Departure Airport: Paro Airport (PBH/VQPR)
Arrival Airport: Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP)
Stops: Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM/VNKT)
Scheduled Departure Time: 13:55
Actual Departure Time: 14:17
Scheduled Arrival Time: 17:00
Actual Arrival Time: 17:33
Departure Terminal: N/A
Arrival Terminal: Terminal 2
Class: Economy (Y)
Seat: 12F moved to 22F then back to 12F
Registration: A5-RGG
Estimated Load Factor: 60-70%

At about 11:55, boarding began. There was no boarding call or anything. People just began boarding when they noticed the door was opened.

Boarding pass. My name was not written on it.


Some pics I got walking across the ramp towards our aircraft.












All economy PAX are board from the rear airtairs only. C class PAX get to use the front airstaris exclusively.

We were welcomed on board the new and clean A319 by some of the most beautiful F/A’s I’ve ever seen and I made my way to 12F.






Pitch was a bit tight.


Just as the door closed, I noticed that the last row was unoccupied so I ran back there and was extremely happy that I managed to secure a seat behind the wing. Unfortunately, the window was very dirty but it would have to do.




The cabin crew apologized for the delay and any inconvenience that it may have caused us. Pushback commenced at about 14:17.


We were pushed back right onto the runway.




This was by far the most powerful takeoff I’ve ever experienced on a commercial aircraft. This takeoff gives me a whole new respect for Airbus and the A319. Truly amazing!

Click here to view the takeoff video.

Passing through the clouds.












As we leveled off, a small meal service began, which was nice considering the short duration of the flight.


Anyway, I will let the pics do the talking as this was a truly amazing flight.




















































I decided to get a cabin shot as there VERY few pictures of KB cabins on the internet.




KB economy class seats.


Unfortunately, our descent soon began into KTM. The beautiful F/A’s then handed out candy that was supposed to ease the pressure in the ears. A very nice gesture if you ask me.


The flaps were extended very early while we were still very high.


















The landing itself was smooth but there was some very heavy breaking shortly after.








RA 752.

Cosmic Air Fokker 100. This is the airline’s only aircraft.


We parked next to a BG Fokker as well. On my way to PBH via KTM there was a BG DC-10 in KTM so they must send a variety of aircraft here.

An IC A320 landed.




We pushed after about 30 minutes of sitting on the ground. Passengers can buy tickets from PBH to KTM and they can originate in KTM to DEL as well. Unfortunately, there were PAX getting on in KTM that had seats in the last row window seat so I was forced to return to 12F. This wasn’t a big deal because the best views were on the PBH-DEL flight.














Takeoff was very powerful again and we turned left almost immediately after departure.
















On this flight, we were actually served a hot meal!


I was surprised to see the KB actually has a in-flight magazine. It was actually interesting and had a lot of cool information about Bhutan.


Also, here’s a picture of the safety card.








At about 16:30, the pilot came over the P/A and stated that since DEL was so congested that our arrival would be delayed by 30 minutes. Lukily, we managed to arrive at about 17:30, which was only 30 minutes late.












New terminal construction. It looks huge! DEL will easily be a world class airport once the construction is finished.




The aircraft parked at a hardstand where an AI bus took us to the international arrivals area. Immigration and bag collection was again fast.




Conclusion:

Drukair proved to be a nice experience overall. The views were amazing from the aircraft and the approach and departure into and from PBH is spectacular. The ground handling in PBH was somewhat unorganized, but the in-flight service was fantastic with very friendly crew. There are not too many airlines remaining that offer a hot meal service on such a short flight.

Hope you enjoyed!

Feel free to take a look at my other TR’s:

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Air Botswana BAe 146-100 JNB-MUB In Y W/Pix (by MHTripple7 Jul 23 2008 in Trip Reports)
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User currently offlineGardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 22307 times:

Interesting report!
Cool airport at Paro, nice livery on the A319s and very well written.

Loved the 1980s style boarding pass they issued you with.

And that safety card, well...looks very tempting to take as a souvenir..


User currently offlineTDubJFK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 22242 times:

Wow -- you very definitely get the award for most exotic Trip Report! It was a great read .. and your pictures are incredible!

I love their livery too.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 21846 times:

What a rare report! Would be awesome if you had photos of the flight attendants. Apparently, Bhutan is the happiest place on earth. It is probably the ONLY country in the world that their King had to "force" their population to accept a democratic election of rulers moving forward, to get away from a monarchy rule.

Ah well... I hope you do show us the pictures of your stay in Paro.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 21840 times:

Fantastic report about a really rare carrier. I had always wondered how Druk Air would be like.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
Some pics I got walking across the ramp towards our aircraft.

I guess taking pictures wasn't a problem?

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
This was by far the most powerful takeoff I’ve ever experienced on a commercial aircraft. This takeoff gives me a whole new respect for Airbus and the A319. Truly amazing!

Unfortunately, as a regular passenger, you hardly get an impression of the real capabilities of commercial aircraft - unless you fly to places like Paro.  Wink

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
KB economy class seats.

Very modern design.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
On this flight, we were actually served a hot meal!

Looks quite good.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
Also, here’s a picture of the safety card.

Great design!


PH



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User currently offlineGlobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 21806 times:

A very rare catch indeed. Thanks for posting MHTripple7!

Globetraveller


User currently offlineAirthanet From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 21756 times:

Finally a Druk Air trip report!

Great trip report with fantastic photos.....well done!



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 21552 times:

Wow, what an amazing report. Maybe one of the best I've read in the last couple of weeks.

I haven't really heard that much about Drukair, but it's nice to have gotten some information about them. I didn't know that they were such a good airline.

They seem to be really proud of their two A319's, and they looked like being in perfect condition. Cabin looked very nice and clean, and the seats looked good. Though to me the seat pitch looked absolutely fine.

When it comes to the catering, the food looked great. It seemed good that they offered one meal and one snack on such a short flight. Normally airlines offer a drink or something on the first leg, and then a meal on the second. The only thing i didn't like about the meal was the dessert, a piece of spongecake doesn't seem like a good dessert to me.

The approach to Paro looked amazing, maybe one of the coolest approaches I've ever seen.
I did find it a bit strange that they pushed the aircraft all the way to the runway, i believe that it isn't good for the nose wheel, since they are not really made to being pushed back longer distances at regular basis.

It would have been nice to see a pic of the flight attendant, though Big grin

Thanks for posting

Regards

Jonas



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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 21442 times:

WOW!

What an interesting report! Rare and exotic!!

I loved everything about your experience. From the beautiful terminal, to the manual check-in process, the boarding pass, the scenery etc!

One question, and please excuse my ignorance, but why is Drukair the only airline allowed into Bhutan?

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
This was by far the most powerful takeoff I’ve ever experienced on a commercial aircraft. This takeoff gives me a whole new respect for Airbus and the A319. Truly amazing!

Yea! She is a powerful bird indeed! I love the A319

.. But she's not as powerful as the lovely SP though.

Thanks a lot for sharing this with us! Hope to see more from you soon.

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 21303 times:



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 8):
One question, and please excuse my ignorance, but why is Drukair the only airline allowed into Bhutan?

To maintain the surroundings and to "protect" the environment, Bhutan allows only a limited amount of visitors into the country annually. Perhaps to have better control, the kingdom leaves the task of bringing the visitors in via Drukair to maintain better control. Not only that, every visitor has to spend a minumum amount of $$$ when visiting so those are already perhaps prepaid before arrival - before being allowed in.

All this I have either read or heard about. Perhaps someone can shed more light on this?



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User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1108 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 21283 times:

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Quoting Gardermoen (Reply 1):
And that safety card, well...looks very tempting to take as a souvenir..

Yes it was very tempting indeed. So tempting that is somehow got stuck in between the pages of the in-flight magazine that I took off that aircraft!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 3):
What a rare report! Would be awesome if you had photos of the flight attendants. Apparently, Bhutan is the happiest place on earth. It is probably the ONLY country in the world that their King had to "force" their population to accept a democratic election of rulers moving forward, to get away from a monarchy rule

I know I really regret not getting pictures of them because they were beautiful. There were also at least 4 F/A's on board (maybe even 5) which was more than B6 has on their A320's (they have 3). Yes the government stresses "Gross National Happiness" as one of the key points of the country. And they LOVE their king. Seriously there are pictures of him absolutely everywhere.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 3):
Ah well... I hope you do show us the pictures of your stay in Paro.

I was going to post them with the actual TR pictures but I was thinking that it was getting a bit long. I may add some pix of my trip into a reply though.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
I guess taking pictures wasn't a problem?

No, not at all. In fact, I've never seen so many other passengers taking pictures on a flight before. For once I didn't feel like a freak.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Very modern design.

Indeed. It's surprising that an airline with only 2 aircraft who still rights their boarding passes by hand has slimline seats and brand new aircraft.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
I haven't really heard that much about Drukair, but it's nice to have gotten some information about them. I didn't know that they were such a good airline.

Yeah, they surprised me too. They are great except for their punctuality, which is not their fault at all. PBH has to be in VFR conditions for them to land or takeoff, no exceptions. Also, at this time of the year, DEL is fogged in half the time along with KTM and DAC. They are also not able to operate into or out of PBH after 16:30.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):

They seem to be really proud of their two A319's, and they looked like being in perfect condition. Cabin looked very nice and clean, and the seats looked good. Though to me the seat pitch looked absolutely fine.

They definitely are. It still amazes me that they actually ordered brand new aircraft for such a small fleet when they could have gotten a used A319 for a much cheaper price. I suppose an older A319 wouldn't have performed as well in PBH.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 8):
One question, and please excuse my ignorance, but why is Drukair the only airline allowed into Bhutan?

I have no clue, but the government has only permitted KB to fly into and out of the country. Maybe it has to do with safety reasons or the government wants Drukair to have a monopoly. There is a Nepalese airline called Yeti Airlines that wants to fly from KTM to PBH so we'll see how that turns out.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 21029 times:
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Great report and pictures, thanks for sharing this very rare airline with us, loved it!

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
I was worried about making the curfew into PBH, which is 16:30

- Wow, that's pretty early, any reason why?

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
At about 11:55, boarding began. There was no boarding call or anything. People just began boarding when they noticed the door was opened

- Amazing, love stuff like this!

I'd really like to fly this route in the future, looks like a very cool route indeed!

Thanks

Mark



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User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 21001 times:

Wow

What an awesome and rare trip report. Such a beautiful corner of the world.
Jordan knows of another country on his list of places to see  Smile
Great pictures. fantastic! Big grin

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User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 542 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 20784 times:

Excellent trip report MHTripple7. Enjoyed every bit of it!  Smile

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
Before checking-in my dad walked freely past security and then past immigration without be checked by anyone because he was looking for a shop to buy some last-minute souvenirs.

That is so strange! I wonder how many people would be actually bypassing security there.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
As I approached the door and the agent looked at my boarding pass, she yelled “WRONG FLIGHT! THIS ONE TO BANGKOK, NOT DELHI!”

Hehehe..The same thing happens at KTM. As I have mentioned in my TR, pax from a 9W flight to DEL joined our queue (RA flight to DEL) as there were no announcements or even display boards.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
The landing itself was smooth but there was some very heavy breaking shortly after.

Noticed the same thing. The actual touchdown is quite smooth, but there is some real heavy breaking thereafter.

- Vivek


User currently offline15A From India, joined Jan 2006, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 20547 times:

These Druk air birds are also wetleased to Air India (indian airlines - IC) - not sure if this is on right now but I have flown these birds (with Bhutanese nationals in the cockpit crew and Alliance Air - IC/CD cabin crew) from Indore to Delhi in 2006. Very well maintained aircraft.

User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1108 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 20178 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
- Wow, that's pretty early, any reason why?

PBH is not certified for night operations since the pilot would not be able to clearly see the mountains at night. The sun sets pretty early as it is and the mountains make it dark even earlier.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
- Amazing, love stuff like this!

Yes, it's great as long as you're not in a rush!

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 12):
Such a beautiful corner of the world.

Definitely. Here are some pix of Bhutan for anyone interested. We took many more so if you'd like to see them let me know.




























Quoting Vivekman2006 (Reply 13):
That is so strange! I wonder how many people would be actually bypassing security there.

Yeah it was definitely a little odd. There is no other place where this could happen and I would still feel completely safe and at ease.

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Reply 13):
Hehehe..The same thing happens at KTM. As I have mentioned in my TR, pax from a 9W flight to DEL joined our queue (RA flight to DEL) as there were no announcements or even display boards.

Yes it was hilarious seeing a bunch of people getting yelled at for trying to board the wrong flight. It's always interesting to travel through airports with no FIDS or announcements.

Quoting Vivekman2006 (Reply 13):

Noticed the same thing. The actual touchdown is quite smooth, but there is some real heavy breaking thereafter.

That's interesting because it seemed like there's plenty of runway in KTM. At least there's enough to bring 777's and A340's in.

Quoting 15A (Reply 14):
These Druk air birds are also wetleased to Air India (indian airlines - IC) - not sure if this is on right now but I have flown these birds (with Bhutanese nationals in the cockpit crew and Alliance Air - IC/CD cabin crew) from Indore to Delhi in 2006. Very well maintained aircraft.

Really? That's interesting. I don't think the KB birds are being wetleased right now considering I saw both of them in service. Unless of course they did a short domestic hop for IC after flying into DEL from PBH.

Thanks for the feedback everyone.


User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 20106 times:

Excellent report.... and AMAZING pictures...

This is by far the most exotic TR... from both an airline and airport perspective.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Thread starter):
Drukair is currently the only airline aloud into Bhutan

Why is that?

Thanks for the report

CO7e7


User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 19981 times:

Hi,
thanks for this great report. I provides a good view on Drukair and their operations. Picture quality is very good, thanks for that! btw, I watched the videos on landing and takeoff, especially that approach looks awesome!
Cheers,
Eric



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User currently offlineEconojetter From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 430 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 19223 times:

Super interesting subject! New and sterile-looking modern aircraft, rugged landscape; I love the contrast. Thanks for the really good quality photos and videos.

I have previously read that operating into KTM is pretty tricky due to high terrain but this report shows that the approach into PBH is even more of a challenge.


User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1108 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 19184 times:

Thanks again for the comments everyone.

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 16):

Why is that?

Again, I'm not positive but I think the government wants very little foreign influence and wants Drukair to have a monopoly so they charge high fares and force people to fly with them.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 17):
I watched the videos on landing and takeoff, especially that approach looks awesome!

Yes it was amazing. The videos really don't capture how close to the mountains we actually were.

Quoting Econojetter (Reply 18):
New and sterile-looking modern aircraft, rugged landscape; I love the contrast.

I know, me too! You would never think that a country with not even a million people and almost no industries besides tourism and agriculture would have an airline with a brand new fleet of Airbuses.

Quoting Econojetter (Reply 18):
I have previously read that operating into KTM is pretty tricky due to high terrain

I have heard that as well, and was shocked to see that 777's, A340's, and DC-10's are flown into KTM.


User currently offlineReifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 19029 times:

Wow, this is definitely a cool report! I knew about DrukAir, but I never had read any trip report about it. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with them!

User currently offlineRajrs From India, joined Aug 2007, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 18668 times:

Awesome, Excellent, Fantastic, Beautiful ..Really great report with photos inside Bhutan. Very rear collection.

Thanks a lot for shearing on A.net



Rajrs


User currently offlineElevate From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 18487 times:

A stunning report, and stunning pictures to complement it!

Their purple section of the fuselage reminds me of Monarch!


Sam


User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5126 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (5 years 10 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 18222 times:

Thanks again for the excellent TR. I read the report with nostalgia ... a very good friend of mine from Finland lives and works in Bhutan for an UN agency and I have been fortunate to visit the Kingdom without paying the absurd fees. Thought I'd share 2 of my pics from my Druk Air flights:

Airport:
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/006-24.jpg

Hill to see take-off and landings:
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/005-24.jpg

The 319's had just been delivered:
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/004-24.jpg

Only time you will see a picture with 3 Druk Air birds:
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/002-24.jpg

View of my flight:
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/001-24.jpg

Thanks again for the memories. You're an awesome writer.

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlineMillwallSean From Singapore, joined Apr 2008, 1281 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (5 years 10 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 18075 times:

Great report.
Great place to visit. Another place on the must visit list...

If I recall correctly the used to have bae 146 planes before their A319 got delivered. Apparently Boeing chose not to put in a tender since they thought their airplane couldn't beat the A319 in this environment.
If I remember correctly the airport and the airline was set up by Scandinavians and in the beginning you had Swedish and Danish staff manning control towers and flying the airplanes.

Some sort of development aid project.

I saw a documentary about it on one of the many documentary channels.



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