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Fishtail’s New Heli ‘9N-AJR’ has started its first commercial flight!

Fishtail’s new heli ‘9N-AJR‘ has officially started its first commercial flight by today (April 4, 2017). Flight to Gorakchep (Everest Region). This flight was under the control of Captain Eric Alexander Ridington and flew flawlessly over Everest Region. Today 9N-AJR has showed its capability to fly over Nepalese sky and will keep flying very persistently in coming days.

Along with this, we are planning to set one of our B3 helicopter in Lukla by second week of April which will definitely help and provide the best services to the climbers as well as for other missions in climbing season.

Fishtail Air’s Newest Heli is ready to operate in Nepalese sky!

Fishtail Air’s most awaiting and featuring newest heli with a model of AS350 B3+  and call sign ‘9N-AJR’ with a capacity of flying up to 23,000 feet (AMSL) is ready to operate for its commercial  fight (Aerial Survey, Sightseeing, Mountain Flights, Medical Evacuation, Corporate Charter, Human/Cargo sling Operations, High Altitude Operations and other special adventure missions.

Fishtail Air now operates three helicopters AS350 B3e (9N-AJQ), AS350 B3+ (9N-AJR) and BELL-206 (9N-AII) on its fleets. Along with this, Fishtail Air is adding more two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Helicopters within next year. Fishtail Air will be at best to serve and provide proper facilities to its clients.

Fishtail Air’s new AS 350 B3+ (9N-AJR) helicopter has arrived at TIA!

Fishtail Air’s new AS 350 B3+ helicopter has arrived at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. The chopper after being brought from TARMAC AVIATION SA, Switzerland has added new gems in Fishtail Air’s fleet. It will fly in the Nepalese sky with the registration sign ‘9N-AJR’.

The AS 350 B3+ is powered by a 2B1 engine and is well known for its capacity to fly at high altitude (23,000 feet AMSL) all over the world. The chopper has also proved its capability in Nepal especially in mountain regions. It holds 6 seats capacity excluding pilot and operates flawlessly during the Aerial Sightseeing, Mountain Flights, Rescue Evacuation, Corporate Charter, Sling Operations, High altitude operations and other special adventure missions.
After the addition of AS 350 B3+ Helicopter, Fishtail Air’s fleet will be extended to three helicopters with one Bell-206 (9N-AII), AS 350 B3e (9N-AJQ).

Fishtail Air’s new AS 350 B3+ (9N-AJR)

Fishtail Air’s new AS 350 B3+ (9N-AJR)

Safety Road Show Seminar for Fishtail Air by Airbus Helicopters!


Aligned with ‘Safety First’ culture, Airbus Helicopters launched the Aviation Safety Road shows as a cooperative effort with our customers to increase level of  safety. The Safety Road shows are the result of Airbus Helicopters’ role in the executive committee for the IHST (International Helicopter Safety Team) and involvement in regional safety initiatives such as the EHEST (European Helicopter Safety Team) and other local chapters. The goal of the IHST is to create an international rotorcraft community with zero accidents worldwide.

As scheduled, Safety Road Show Seminar for Fishtail was held on 22 Feb 2017 and these Road shows allow our teams to accompany customers on the path to improve operational safety. So as Fishtail Air Team-Management, safety supervisors, pilots, maintenance engineers, operations who are committed to a strong cooperation with the sole purpose to increase the operational safety and reduce the accident rate. Fishtail Air is getting much safety awareness procedures and planning to decrease up to zero level accidents and dangerous catastrophes.

Fishtail Air Top Managers from each department along with other staffs has decided to analysis and make a record of upcoming hazards, whether that is small or big; implementing step by step presentation of the four pillars of the SMS for Helicopters Safety Risk Management, giving full training to operators and engineers, Technical Support with HCARE, Proper Safety Equipment, HUMS, CAMO as well as Vision 1000 in coming months. Fishtail have decided to have meeting each Sunday of week regarding safety procedures and to implement the results as soon as possible for better safety. At last, for the success of this workshop, Full participation of senior management and all levels of the organization is required.

Article by: Sumit Shrestha    |    Photo: Dilak Shrestha

Fishtail Air team congratulates Sabin Lama for his first Solo flight!

Pilot Sabin Lama carried out his first solo flight to Lakhanpur (Ramechhap) on March 1, 2017. Flying several hundred hours as a co-pilot in the Nepalese Sky, Sabin’s first solo flight to Lakhanpur is one more success story of Fishtail Air.

Mr. Sabin Lama took the command to solely operate Kathmandu-Lakhanpur-Kathmandu chartered flight in Fishtail Air’s B3e-AJQ Aircraft. His hard work and dedication towards the aviation industry has now equipped him with the invaluable experience of flying solo in the Nepalese sky.

Fishtail Air Team congratulates Mr. Sabin in achieving the first opportunity to conduct the solo flight of his piloting career. We wish him a very good luck for his every future endeavors in the aviation industry.

Fishtail Air to welcome new choppers in the family real soon!

As a New Year resolution, Fishtail Air has planned to bring new helicopters this year. An AS 350 b3+ would be introduced soon and will operate within Nepal for commercial flight purpose. The contract to purchase a new helicopter between TARMAC AVIATION SA, Switzerland and Fishtail Air has already been signed.

The AS 350 b3+ is powered by a 2B1 engine and is well known for its capacity to fly at high altitude (23,000 feet AMSL) all over the world. The chopper has also proved its capability in Nepal especially in mountain regions. It has the capacity of 6 seater excluding pilot and performs flawlessly in Aerial Sightseeing, Mountain Flights, Rescue Evacuation, Corporate Charter, Sling Operations, High altitude operations and other special adventure missions.

Fishtail Air Pvt. Ltd. was operating two helicopters, a Bell Jet Ranger 206 B III and an AS 350 B3e and has already signed a purchase agreement with Bell Helicopter, Textron Company on 07 October 2016 for the purchase of two brand new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters.

Living legend in the world of Mountaineering with Fishtail Air

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Reinhold Messner – Living Legend


Under the command of Capt. Maurizio Folini, Reinhold Messner flew with Fishtail Air’s helicopter on 29th and 2nd November. 72 year old Messner, is from Italy and is well known mountaineer, adventurer, author as well as explorer. He initiated his mission climbing Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen.

He had been visiting to Nepal since early 1970s, and had successfully climbed Manaslu, Mount Everst, K2, Kanchanjunga, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Makalu, Lhotse and several other peaks. It won’t be huge mistake if we regard Messner a living legend in the world of Mountaineering. Also well known as MEP for Italian Green Party in 1999, he was founder of Messner Moutain Museum. He is well known writer for sharing his experience, as he has published 60 books till date.

Currently he is engaged in shooting documentary in Nepal for German Production House. Apart from promoting Nepal’s tourism sector, the documentary is expected to glow Nepalese mountains further as well. His involvement in this project was duly supported by Fishtail Air. These two days of flight through Fishtail Air helped German Production House in collecting scenic beauty of Mountains in Eastern Nepal.

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Purchase agreement signed by Fishtail Air for two new choppers

bell-helicopter-one Fishtail Air Pvt. Ltd. signs a purchase agreement with Bell Helicopter, Textron Company on 07 October 2016 for the purchase of two brand new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. The purchase agreement was signed by Mr. Bikash JB Rana, Chairman of Fishtail Air and Bell Helicopter Company at Kathmandu.

The Bell 505 Jet Ranger is the first helicopter in its class to feature a fully integrated glass flight deck featuring the Garmin G1000H Avionics suite. The system provides unparalleled crew situational awareness and reduce pilot work load, resulting in enhanced safety and mission capabilities.

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Fishtail Air has been innovative in introducing new range of Helicopters in the Past to Nepalese Tourism Industry looking at potential behind needs in the Himalayan Adventure Industry. Introduction of Two brand new AS 350 B3 Helicopters in 2009 revolutionized the Nepalese Aviation Industry giving much hope and assurance to Climbers and Adventurers in the Himalaya and also saved lots of lives at risk.

The introduction of Bell 505 Jet Ranger Aircraft is expected to add value to Tourism Industry by providing a better Sightseeing opportunity through complete glass cockpit installed in the Aircraft. It will also provide an executive class luxury to Tourists and VIP movement which is another unexplored market said Mr. Suman Pandey, Chief Executive Officer of Fishtail Air.

Press Release

The family of Fishtail Air would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all the family members of the passengers and the Captain who lost their lives in yesterday’s tragic accident.

The Aircraft 9N AKA commanded by Capt. Ranjan Limbu was on a rescue mission to evacuate a patient suffering from Post-delivery problem from Philim in Gorkha and met a fatal accident at Chuchhe Bhir, Betini of Nuwakot District around 12:32 p.m. yesterday, 8th August 2016. The patient, her infant child and four other passengers together with the pilot, all lost their lives in this unfortunate incident. Evacuation of the dead bodies have been carried out immediately after the accident and are now going through necessary legal procedure before the final rituals will be performed.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives and pray to almighty that the deceased souls rest in peace in heaven. At this moment of grief, We would also like to thank all our friends, customers, well-wishers and the people for standing by us.

Deceased passengers:

  1. Ranjan Limbu (Captain)
  2. Kitman Gurung
  3. Asami Gurung
  4. Preeti Gurung
  5. Laxmi Gurung
  6. Nisha Tamang

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Fishtail Air’s newest helicopter is ready to fly in Nepalese Sky

Fishtail Air’s newest helicopter is ready to fly in Nepalese Sky. The chopper with registration sign ‘9N AJQ’ is an “AS 350 B3e” model was brought from Heli Linth, Switzerland. Fishtail Air now operates with 3 helicopters with Bell206 and AS 350 B2 already on its fleet.

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