In September 2014 our company will deliver our first L 410 UVP-E20 to Nepal, which will be the first aircraft after 40 years since a last new aircraft in this category has been delivered to the Nepalese market. The aircraft is equipped with digital avionics, foldable leather seats and an enlarged luggage compartment. The Nepalese airline Goma Air will receive another L 410 UVP-E20 aircraft this year from Aircraft Industries.
We achieved this success due to the innovation of our aircraft in the form of new more effective power plant installation, which enabled us to thrive in new territories. Thanks this innovation the aircraft is able to take off and to land at higher altitude airports in the STOL category, large numbers of which are common in Nepal.
Before entering the market, we had to perform demanding flight tests at Nepalese airports. Our company, together with the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) completed these flight tests at JOMSOM airport (2783 m above sea level and runway length of 745 m) and accomplished a successful take off (watch video here) and landing (watch video here) at LUKLA airport - one of the most difficult airports in the world. The tests were successful and the type certificate was awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and therefore L 410 UVP-E20 aircraft can be operated in this area for passenger transport.
Currently operating in the harsh conditions of Nepal are the twin turboprop aircraft Twin Otter (Canadian made) and Dornier 228 (German made). These aircraft are already a long time in operation and came to Nepal as used. Our L 410 UVP-E20 will be an appropriate substitution for these aircrafts.