The current two Tashi Air fleets that will operate till June and July 2018 will be replaced with two vintage Airbus A319 after the present aircraft lease period expires next year.
Tashi Air signed the lease agreement on Thursday with AerCap, a global leader in aircraft leasing and aviation finance that serves about 200 customers in about 80 countries.
The present Aircrafts accommodate 122 passengers while A319 aircraft will have a capacity of 120 passengers each with a configuration of 12-business class and 108 economy class.
Chief Executive Officer of Tashi Air, Bhutan Airlines Phala Dorji, said: “We have a very good and highly experienced maintenance team and safety of our passengers is priority.”
On December 4, 2011, Tashi Group of Companies welcomed its first aircraft Bhutan Airlines (Tashi Air Private Limited), A Pilatus PC12 with capacity of eight passengers for domestic operations. It started its international operations on October 10, 2013 with an A320 aircraft with 150 passenger seating capacity, operating a flight from Paro to Bangkok and connecting to Kolkata on December 7, 2013.
On the completion of wet-leased contract for the A320 aircraft, Bhutan Airlines started its fleet with new Airbus A319 with 122 seating capacity on May 1, 2014.
Bhutan Airlines is the country’s first private airline.
AerCap provides new or used commercial aircraft on operating lease, from their existing fleet and their order of Boeing, Airbus, and Embraer aircraft. With US$41 billion of assets, AerCap is funded by a robust long-term capital structure that produces strong earnings and cash flow generation. Over 85% of AerCap’s owned fleet consists of A320ceo and neo Family, A330, A350, 737NG and 787 aircraft, which are the most in-demand aircraft in the world.
Chencho Dema from Thimphu