9N-AKT of Nepal Airlines at VNKT

Nepal Airlines Harbin Y-12E

Here are details of Nepal Airlines Harbin Y-12E.


Harbin Y-12 Twin-Engine Turboprop Utility Aircraft, Harbin Y-12 or Yunshuji-12 is a twin-engine light multi-role aircraft designed and developed by Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (HAMC) of China. It was derived from its predecessor the Harbin Y-11. The Y-12 is principally used for both passenger and cargo transportation.

Y12 e of Nepal airlines 9N-AKS at Parking.

Nepal Airlines Lukla Flight

Nepal airlines conduct successful Lukla test flight of Y12e aircraft after 5 years of its presence on Nepal airlines fleet, but still, they had not scheduled Y12e aircraft to Lukla Sector. The 17-seater Y12e arrived in Kathmandu in 2014 and was intended to serve remote mountain airfields like Lukla, Jomsom, Manang, Simikot, Rara, Jumla and Dolpa. But the plane had a regulatory limit, meaning that it could only fly to airports with a maximum grade of up to 2 percent or about 1.2 degrees of slope. The regulator Caan had to clear the aircraft to serve airports with a slope of more than 2 degrees.

9N-AKS Landing at VNKT

9N-AKU with the best Nepal Airlines livery with Sun and Moon.
Nepal Airlines Harbin Y-12E was brought with the loan and grant deal sealed between Nepal and China Government. In November 2014, the Government of Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to purchase six aeroplanes worth 4 million yuan as part of soft-loan and grant deal.


Three different model aircraft of Nepal Airlines for domestic operation, MA60, DHC-6 and Y-12e

Nepal Airlines Decided Not to Fly Chinese Aircrafts

Nepal Airlines has finally decided to ground Chinese aircraft for good to cut losses. The Nepal Airlines Corporation board of directors unanimously decided not to fly two types of Chinese aircraft—the 17-seater Y12e and the 56-seater MA60—from July 16, 2020, anymore.

It has changed its classic red and blue stripes livery, opting for a more modern design after acquiring the planes. This new livery was painted on the new Chinese MA60 and Y12e aircraft acquired by the corporation, marking the beginning of what was supposed to be a new era for Nepal Airlines.


Leave a Reply