Drukair takes delivery of new ATR 42-600 aircraft. With this renewal the Bhutanese national flag-carrier aims at providing upgraded aircraft for both pilots and passengers.
On October 22, Drukair took delivery of a last generation ATR 42-600. Thanks to the Standard 3 avionics suite, the turboprop aircraft will make available small challenging airports such as in the Himalayan Mountains. It will also link Bhutan with Kathmandu, Kolkata and Dhaka. Drukair pilots will also benefit from both RNP (Required Navigation Performance) AR 0.3/0.3 — a system to identify the position of the aircraft in a circle whose radius does not exceed 3/10th of a nautical mile — and the ClearVision system, which will provide them with enhanced vision and situational awareness thanks to infrared cameras able to generate images of the surrounding landscape. With the new generation ATR 42-600 aircraft, the Bhutanese national flag-carrier also intended to better passenger experience with its Armonia cabin, featuring 40 seats, 8 of which for Business class passengers and 32 for Economy. Tandi Wangchuk, Chief Executive Officer of Drukair, says “upgrade to the latest-generation” of ATR is part of Drukair strategy to improve its services and fleet. The national airline of the Kingdom of Bhutan currently operates three Airbus A319s and an ATR 42-500 which will thus be replaced by the new 42-600 aircraft.