The aircraft museum in Dhangadi was a huge attraction to people. And after that thunderous success, Bed Upreti Trust has announced that they are all set to give Kathmandu its first Aviation museum in Sinamangal by July.
The trust has purchased a decommissioned Airbus A330 aircraft of Turkish Airlines that had crashed landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in March 2015, for operating the first Aviation museum in Kathmandu. It has signed an agreement with Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) to lease the latter’s land plot at Sinamangal. A CAAN board meeting held on January 16 had granted permission to its management to lease out the 9,000sqm land plot to the trust for 10 years. The trust will pay NRs. 300,000 per month in rental charge. The trust is making an investment NRs. 50 million for setting up the aviation museum.
“The aircraft has been transported to the museum’s site from TIA,” Captain Bed Upreti, the promoter of the trust said, addressing a press meet here on Saturday. “The museum will not only serve as a tourism destination, but also help conduct several research tasks, including pilot training, among others.”
The trust is currently working on the interior and decoration of aircraft for the aviation museum. The cockpit will be set up in such a way that it will give visitors real feel, it said. Visitors will also be able to listen to cockpit conversation between the pilot and Air Traffic Control (ATC). It also added that the process of developing a park around the aircraft will also begin soon.
“The museum has already started serving as a knowledge destination. Students from several engineering colleges have been visiting the construction site to gather information regarding an aircraft,” Upreti said.
Former Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Jiwan Bahadur Shahi expressed happiness over the setup of the aviation museum.
“A large number of people in Nepal have a dream of boarding an aircraft. They can visit the museum and take the feel of a wide-body aircraft,” Shahi said.
This Aviation museum will surely be one of the interesting places to visit in Kathmandu and will also be very helpful for those who wants to know more about the aircraft.
Reference: The Kathmandu Post