Bhutan’s national airline, Drukair, has signed a
firm order for an Airbus A319 aircraft equipped with Sharklet fuel
saving wing tip devices to complement its existing fleet of two
The order announced at the UK’s
Farnborough International Airshow, follows a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) signed in February.
Landlocked and surrounded by a wall of the
world’s tallest mountains, Bhutan is one of the world’s most
pristine locations and one of the world’s most challenging
destinations for air services.
At over 7,000 feet above sea level, Drukair’s base at Paro airport is only possible using Visual
Flight Rules (VFR) for approach. This means the crew can only fly
by vision, which requires a high performance and responsive
“We are delighted to be ordering the Airbus A319
equipped with fuel saving Sharklets," said Dasho Sonam Tshering,
Drukair Chairman. “The addition of a third A319 will enable us to
increase capacity and open up new direct routes and to welcome
even more visitors to our landlocked country where aviation really
is our gateway to the world. Its economic importance cannot be
The A319 with Sharklets will allow Drukair to
expand services on existing routes and adding new ones to
international tourist crossroads like Singapore and Hong Kong.
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