NAC Boeing brings fuel to boost NOC reserves

    Post Report, Oct 08 2015

    Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) on Thursday dispatched its Boeing 757 to Kolkata to pick up aviation turbine fuel to recharge the depleted reserves of Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) amid worries that continued shortages due to the blockade by India could ground domestic carriers.

    NAC officials said that the Boeing made two roundtrips to Kolkata. The first flight landed at 4:15pm at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Thursday. In 1989 too, the then Royal Nepal Airlines had made a similar airlift from Bangladesh to keep the kitchen fires burning after the southern neighbour sealed the border.

    NAC spokesperson Ram Hari Sharma said that after the Boeing was defueled, it would be sent back to conduct its regular services on the Kuala Lumpur and Doha sectors on Thursday night. He said that a Boeing 757 could carry 33 tonnes of fuel in the tanks in its wings. Kathmandu to Kolkata is a 45-minute flight. “The jet requires 7.5 tonnes of fuel for the roundtrip,” he said.

    “Defueling the aircraft will yield at least 20 tonnes after leaving enough in its tanks to conduct its regular flights,” he added. “This will help NOC to boost its reserves. We can airlift more fuel as per the government’s order and need.” The daily fuel requirement of domestic carriers amounts to 50 tonnes. Sharma said that NAC planes would not be transporting other fuels like petrol, liquefied petroleum gas and diesel.

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    NOC invites global tender for fuel supply

      Rajesh Khanal, Oct 09 2015
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      Passenger distraction caused June 2 chopper crash: Probe

      Sangam Prasain, Kathmandu, Oct 08 2015
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      NOC calls for tender to import fuel

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Oct 08 2015
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      Handicrafts Trade Fair to open from Nov 26

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Oct 09 2015
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      Main News

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      SC stays bid to award Fast Track deal

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      Nepal’s AFC Under-19 Championship Qualifiers campaign ended in a low note losing 3-0 to Jordan in their last Group ‘E’ match at the Samen All Aemeh Stadium in Iran on Tuesday.
      Having opened up the tournament with a humiliating 10-0 loss to title contenders Iran, Nepal—with one point— needed a huge-margin victory to stay in race for the 2016 Finals. However, the slim hopes also vanished after Jordan took control of the match scoring two early goals.
      Anas Ahmad Mahmoud Hammad opened the scoring for Jordan striking in the sixth minute before Hijazi Maher Hijazi doubled the lead in the 14th. Abdallah Ibrahim struck in the second minute of the four-minute added on time in the second half.
      The defeat saw Nepal finish at the bottom of four-team standings. After suffering crushing defeat from the hands of Iran, Nepal salvaged some pride holding Kuwait to a 1-1 draw. Kuwait had defeated Jordan 2-1 in their tournament opener on October 2.
      A total of ten group winners and five best second placed teams will qualify for the Finals with hosts Bahrain receiving an automatic qualification. If Bahrain finish top of their qualifying group or end up as one of the five second best placed teams, another best runner-up will get the chance.

      Health & Style

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