August 21: Nepal Airlines Corporation is all set to operate direct flights to Osaka of Japan from August 29. The state-run airline company will fly its wide-body aircraft to the Japanese city after a gap of 12 years. Initially, NAC was preparing to operate the flights to Osaka from July 4 but it postponed the flights due to insufficient passengers.
NAC Executive Chairman Madan Kharel said that the flights will not be postponed at any cost this time.
NAC is expecting 50 percent occupancy in its 274-seater Airbus. According to NAC, it requires at least 70 percent occupancy to reach a break-even point.
“We will try to carry as much passengers as possible,” said Kharel, adding, “But it is not possible for full occupancy in the first flight.”
Kharel said that the state-run airline expects about 80 percent occupancy after a year.
NAC has set the fare at Rs 36,999 for one-way travel and Rs 72,814 for a round trip for the first one month under its promotional campaign. The flag carrier of Nepal will operate flights from Tribhuvan International Airport to Osaka Kansai International Airport three days a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
In a press meet organized at NAC on Tuesday, Kharel informed that the flight to Osaka from Kathmandu will take 6 hours and 30 minutes.
The aircraft will take off from Kathmandu at 2 am and will reach Osaka at 11.55 am local time. The return flight will take off at 1.55 pm local time and arrive in Kathmandu at 6 pm local time.