BB Airways was a Nepalese carrier which launched charter services on 13-Sep-2012. Scheduled services for the carrier commenced in Oct-2012 from its base at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport.
BB Airways returned its single Boeing 757-200 it had wet-leased from TonléSap Airlines and has suspended operations on its routes from Kathmandu to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Taipei Taoyuan in Feb-2013.
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Nepalese start-up BB Airways aims to pursue significant expansion of its international network following a restructuring which will see the carrier replace a wet-leased Boeing 757 with two dry-leased Airbus A320s. The carrier, which launched services in Sep-2012, has had a relatively slow initial seven months but has an ambitious plan to exploit the expected rapid growth of the Nepalese international market with a focus on migrant worker traffic.
Nepal is a small but underserved market with huge potential. Foreign carriers dominate the market, exploiting the weakness of flag carrier Nepal Airlines, which recently committed to renewing its small fleet in 2015 but is unlikely to grow significantly. If it succeeds at rapidly expanding and overcoming initial challenges, BB could soon become Nepal’s largest carrier.
Nepal saw the addition of a new airline in Oct-2012, with BB Airways becoming only the second Nepalese carrier to operate internationally from the country. BB launched services on 11-Oct-2012 with four weekly flights to Kuala Lumpur and three weekly flights to Hong Kong using a Boeing 757-200.
Prior to BB Airways’ entry, Nepal Airlines was the sole Nepalese airline providing scheduled international services from the country, to just four international destinations. The launch of BB Airways has the potential to transform international connectivity to/from Nepal. The carrier has already obtained rights to operate to seven international destinations, which it plans to serve with a fleet of two 757-200s. BB Airways also aims to eventually acquire two 767s for use on another six routes, including long-haul destinations in Europe and Australia.