The Druk Air fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 1 May 2010). Drukair is a Royal Goverment of Bhutan Owned Airline run by the Investment Wing, Druk Holding and Investments. The national Airline of the Kingdom of Bhutan operates a schedule nework within the South Asian region from its Head Quarters at Paro, a picturesque Valley in Western Bhutan. The Capital, Thimphu is 60 Minutes drive away.
Bhutan, the last Mahayana Buddhist kingdom and also the most exclusive and sought-after travel destinations, opened its doors to the outside world only four decades ago. A unique policy of High value, low volume tourism upheld the natios vision of keeping its pristine environment, centuries old tradition and culture intact and alive.
In the ensuing decades, as more and more people grew intrigued with this tiny kingdom that put Gross National Happiness over Gross Domestic Product and embraced democracy as a gift from the monarchy itself, there was increasing pressure to open the doors wide. This posed a serious dilemma as the country was landlocked, straddling the eastern Himalayas.
Druk Air Fleet Information
Drukair started operating the Airbus A319-115 since 23 October 2004. The second Airbus arrived on 3 December 2004. The ATR 42 first operated on a nine-month lease from April 2010 was evaluated by the airline with the possibility of a future purchase. The Civil Aviation Department's decision on which company will be given authority to operate on domestic routes in Bhutan will influence the decision on which aircraft the airline will purchase. On 4 June 2011, a purchased ATR 42 arrived in Paro. Drukair had bought the 48-seater with the view of using it to service the domestic routes to Bumthang and Yonphula in late 2011. Druk Air's aircraft provide 20 business class seats and 94 economy class seats on its Airbus A319-115