March 7: Two female pilots of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) operated an international flight for the first time in history of the state-owned airlines company.
NAC’s Spokesperson Archana Khadka told New Business Age that Captain Bhawana Pant and Co-pilot Sriana Raut conducted the flight from Kathmandu to Dubai on Saturday night.
“This is the first time in the history of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) that two female pilots have flown an international flight. We have previous record of female pilots conducting domestic flights but this is the first international flight and a new record,” Khadka shared.
Captain Pant commanded an Airbus A-320 aircraft from Kathmandu to Dubai at 11 pm on Saturday night. They will return on Wednesday on the occasion of the International Women’s Day.
Captain Pant has been associated with Nepal's aviation sector for the past 25 years.
The NAC has four female pilots who operate narrow-body aircraft and one female pilot capable of flying a wide-body aircraft.