Sabena332
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Aviation In Nepal - A Few Questions

Sun Jan 08, 2006 6:19 am

Hi all,

I have a few questions regarding aviation in Nepal:

1. Why did Royal Nepal quit their flights to FRA? Wasn't there enough demand? I remember that they flew via DXB (or AUH?) and I can imagine that you could book the FRA-DXB/AUH leg for a good fare, wasn't RA unhappy with the booking situation? Do they still fly to ORY and LGW? (Edit: Apparently they also quit LGW and ORY as I could see on Amadeus).

2. Why did SQ stop their flights to KTM? I remember that a friend's cousin flew FRA-SIN-KTM-SIN-FRA twice and he said that the SIN-KTM-SIN flights were always packed.

3. Who is "Air Nepal International"? I just noticed them on Amadeus. Are they a big competition for Royal Nepal Airlines? I checked a few flights and saw that they are operating with 767s to destinations on the Gulf as well as to destinations in Asia. Do they have any plans to fly to Europe (especially to Germany to offer a direct flight between Germany and Nepal again)?

Thanks in advance for any information!

Patrick

[Edited 2006-01-07 22:29:32]
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RE: Aviation In Nepal - A Few Questions

Sun Jan 08, 2006 10:50 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Why did Royal Nepal quit their flights to FRA

Demand was volatile. During some parts of the year the plane was packed and at other times it was nearly empty. Most western airlines would in this case have switched this to a seasonal service but due to weak management and perhaps a weak brand image RA decided to simply drop Frankfurt. I flew this a number of times before it was dropped. I even got to fly the leased 310! It was via DXB. Another factor was the Nepalese citizens did not used to need a visa for Germany, this was a huge draw as it was the only none Asian country to do his. Once this was revoked RA took a huge hit with Nepalese nationals deciding to go elsewhere.

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Why did SQ stop their flights to KTM? I remember that a friend's cousin flew FRA-SIN-KTM-SIN-FRA twice and he said that the SIN-KTM-SIN flights were always packed.

SQ flights have not been cancelled but rather "suspended" since May/June 2002. SQ used to operate this with a stop in Dhaka. However as tourist traffic from Australasia dropped and with the increased political instability due to the Maoists SQ simply weren't making enough money on the route to justify keeping it running. With India opening up any plane they sent to Nepal would almost certainly make less money than a flight to anywhere in India. It's a shame as I used to fly SQ all the time. That said it could come back at any time.

Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Who is "Air Nepal International"? I

ANI are a new company launched in the summer of 05. They operate a leased 767 from PBAir of Thailand. They fly to many of the same destinations as RA. (DXB, KUL, BKK.) They plan to convert their current wet lease to a dry lease and introduce their own pilotS late this year and intend to lease a second aircraft 757 or 767 (undecided which or from who) to increase frequencies to their most profitable markets. They also fly to Doha where there is a huge Nepal labour population. (the 11 QR flights a week from Doha might have already told you that.)

The bulk of their PAX are either:
Nepalese nationals travelling to work as labourers in the Gulf.
Nepalese nationals vacationing in Thailand and Malaysia. (Malaysia is to Nepalese what Maladiven is to you Germans)
Foreigners flying into Nepal as tourists.

As yet there are no public plans to fly to Europe. That said if they hit good profits soon and are able to justify the risk they could make good money doing so.

However Nepal has really gone downhill in years past. There is not as much tourism as there was, and what's left is is low end tourism that doesn't generate much money for the country. I really wish the governemnt would get off its ass and seek investment to grow it back to the glory days. (look how wel the Maldives is doing) If they did that things would look up for ANI and RA and it would certainly bring SQ back.

As well as QR and GF, EY will be flying into Nepal in the near future. Hope this helped.

YOWza
 
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RE: Aviation In Nepal - A Few Questions

Mon Jan 09, 2006 12:59 am

Quoting YOWza (Reply 1):
However Nepal has really gone downhill in years past. There is not as much tourism as there was

Yes, I also noticed that airlines like LTU or Transavia quit their seasonal flights to KTM. In the past there were definitely more (and more comfortable) ways to get from Europe to KTM, nowadays you have to change planes at least one time.

Quoting YOWza (Reply 1):
As well as QR and GF, EY will be flying into Nepal in the near future.

I am actually wondering that EK isn't flying to KTM yet.

Quoting YOWza (Reply 1):
Hope this helped.

Absolutely! Thanks a lot for these interesting information!

Patrick
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