Nepal Airlines - Nepal's Carrier
In July 1958, the Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation was established as Nepal's first commercial passenger airline. It operated with a single Douglas DC-3 aircraft from the base at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. From there, with assistance through aid programs due to Nepal's unique political and geographical position, new aircaft were added and the company expanded flights into India and Pakistan. Chinese aircraft, Russian planes, and 2 helicopters made up the fleet in the 1960s and 70s. By the 1980s most of the country's 180,000 tourists were arriving by air but there was increasing competition from several different Indian airlines.
To meet this competition head on, the company entered the jet-age of flying by offering flights to Hong Kong using a Boeing 757 and by the late 1980s the company was the country's largest local employer, bringing in more foreign currency than any other government agency. By 1988, Royal Nepal Airlines was connecting over 58 domestic and 10 international destinations.
In 2004, the Nepalese government sold it's stake in the company, providing a capital boost. Since adding Airbuses to it's fleet, Nepal Airlines has undergone extensive rebranding and advertising, leading to a 20 percent increase in customers each year since 2015. They now employ 2,500 people and fly to eight countries across Asia and 25 destinations within Nepal.
Flying with Nepal Airlines
Economy class passengers can fly in comfort and style with a generous luggage allowance and on-board dining options prepared by chefs from 5-star restaurants in Kathmandu. Wine, cocktails, soft and hot drinks are also available. The amazing crew and comfortable cabin allow you to arrive at your destination refreshed and relaxed. Plus, the company's online pricing policy is dictated by demand, so the earlier you book, the cheaper the flight. With a unique destination such as Nepal, it's never too soon to consider exploring a new part of the world!
As a Business class customer with Nepal Airlines, you will be treated to a variety of special privileges. Priority check-in and baggage handling, reading options, spacious cabins and a selection of local wines await you on-board. Blankets, pillows and a 2-seat configuration on-board ensure that anyone flying in business class is treated to an amazing and friendly service. There is also a VIP lounge available pre-flight.
Passengers on several flights are able to check in online prior to getting to the airport to save time and stress. Simply print out your boarding pass and proceed directly to check-in. If you would like to check-in at the airport, there are kiosks and friendly staff waiting to assist you.
- Economy class passengers receive a generous luggage allowance of 30 kg per passenger.
- Business class allowance is 40 kg per passenger.
- All passengers are able to bring on-board a carry on item, weighing less than 7 kg.
- More information on Nepal Airlines's baggage policies and prohibited items are available.