HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Finance Ministry has finally agreed to give a guarantee for the national flag carrier to purchase aircraft from Airbus.
"Writing a letter yesterday to NAC, the Finance Ministry has asked it to go ahead with the purchase process of aircraft from Airbus, as the government is ready to give a guarantee," according to the corporation.
However, the ailing Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) also needs to make structural changes besides adding new aircraft to perform well as it has to compete with international airlines that have strong financial and structural foundations.
Earlier, on March 16, Airbus representatives and Nepal Airlines Corporation had agreed to continue
with talks as Airbus has
also agreed to send a new price list based on the increased factory price of the aircraft soon.
They had discussed on the price of the aircraft as it has differed from the agreement signed in 2009 due to increased factory expenses.
In its first memorandum of understanding with Airbus in November 2009, NAC had planned to purchase one A330-200 wide-body and one A320 single-aisle aircraft. According to NAC's plan in 2009, it was preparing to start international services to Japan and Europe through direct flights