Nepal Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the purchase of two Airbus A320s for its fleet modernization.

“Adding the A320 to our fleet will help us to capitalize on tourism growth and to enhance our network,” Nepal Airlines managing director Madan Kharel said.

Kathmandu-based Nepal Airlines selected the A320 for its operating economics, flexibility and high-altitude performance, given the specific operating restrictions at its mountainous home base.

The carrier, which serves 25 domestic and four international routes, has also selected sharklet wingtip devices for the aircraft.

An Airbus spokeswoman was unable to immediately comment on when the deal might be firmed or the likely delivery schedule for the aircraft.

According to AerData, Nepal Airlines operates two Boeing 757-200s and five DHC-6 Twin Otters. It also has two Xian MA60-100s on order.