Nepal Airlines Corp. (NAC) took delivery of a second Airbus A330-200 July 26, from a direct order placed with Airbus from Portuguese wet-lease specialist Hi Fly. NAC's first A330 was delivered in June.

The Nepal flag carrier aims to increase its international business as part of a new strategy, according to its website.

The Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered A330s—which are the first widebody aircraft in its fleet—offer a two-class cabin configuration with 18 seats in business and 256 seats in economy class. Each seat is equipped with RAVE Centric, in-seat audio-video on demand (AVOD) IFE system. 

The carrier is studying new routes from the high-altitude Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport to Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Myanmar as well as additional cities in India, China and Sri Lanka.

Nepal Airlines has been challenged by a 2017 10% market share loss at its Kathmandu hub, because of aircraft unavailability.

The carrier’s international network includes routes from Kathmandu to Doha (Qatar), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Hong Kong, Bangkok (Thailand) and Dubai as well to Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai (India).

NAC operates two Airbus A320ceos and a Boeing 757, which is expected to be phased out.

Kurt Hofmann,