Druk Air receives first Airbus A319

Bhutan’s Druk Air has taken delivery of its first Airbus A319. The airline ordered two A319s in June 2003 to replace its two BAE 146-100s after BAE Systems cancelled the Avro RJX program. Druk had been a launch customer of the RJX-85, and its first example of the type had been almost completed when the program was terminated. Druk had to demolish a large number of houses along the approach paths to the runway to accomodate the A319s into Paro’s constricted airport. A second A319 is due to arrive in December. The airline has not announced specific plans for the two 146s. At one point, it was considering converting one into a freighter.

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