Drukair, the flag carrier of Eastern Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, has signed a purchase agreement for one A320neo to support its growth plans and complement its existing fleet of three A319s. The aircraft will be powered by CFM Leap-1A26E1 engines optimised for high altitude operations and will become the largest aircraft operating out of Drukair’s base in Paro.
Paro, located at an altitude of 7,300 feet and surrounded by high mountains, is one of the world’s most challenging airports. The airline said the A320neo’s performance allowed it to become the largest aircraft to operate from Paro offering greater payload capabilities than any other product.
Featuring a two class cabin layout, the aircraft will be deployed to increase capacity on existing regional routes to Singapore, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Delhi and, Calcutta.