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Trace the origin and history of famous Royal Bhutan Airlines also known as Druk Air.
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History of Drukair

History of DrukairHistory of Druk Air - Druk Air, the National Flag Carrier of Bhutan, was established by Royal Proclamation on the 5th of April, 1981. The history of Druk Air is synonymous with the history of aviation in Bhutan. Paro airport was commissioned in 1968 but actual scheduled Civil Air transport started only with the arrival of the Dornier 228 in 1983. The 14th of January 1983, was an important day in the history of Druk Air. It was the day that the first aircraft belonging to Royal Government of Bhutan touched down at Paro airport, a German made Dornier 228-200.

Operation with the Dornier 228 were full of delays and diversions caused by bad weather either over Paro airport or at the entry point to Bhutan in the foothills. Paro airport is located in deep valley at an elevation of 7333 feet above sea level. The surrounding hills go up to 16000 ft. and the approach into Paro airport is entirely by visual flight rules (VFR). Actual progress in Druk Air started with the introduction of the BAe 146 in November 1988. Within a short span of the introduction of the BAe 146-100, Druk Air route network was increased to link Paro with New Delhi, Bangkok and Kathmandu besides the existing link with Kolkatta and Dhaka. The reliability and the comfort of the BAe 146 slowly induced travel by air from Paro as the preferred means of travel for most people.

Owing to much increase in the commercial demand, Druk Air and the Royal Government of Bhutan considered it necessary to upgrade the Druk Air fleet with newer generation commercial aircraft with increased capacity and performance abilities and on December 3, 2004 airline acquired two Airs A 319 and as of now, all sectors are being served using Airbus.

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