Group of Eight
The G8, reformatted as G7 from 2014 due to the suspension of Russia's participation, was an inter-governmental political forum from 1997 until 2014. The forum originated with a 1975 summit hosted by France that brought together representatives of six governments: France, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, thus leading to the name Group of Six or G6; the summit came to be known as the Group of G7, in 1976 with the addition of Canada. Russia was added to the political forum from 1997, which the following year became known as the G8. In March 2014 Russia was suspended indefinitely following the annexation of Crimea, whereupon the political forum name reverted to G7. In 2017 Russia announced its permanent withdrawal from the G8. However, several representatives of G7 countries stated that they would be interested in Russia's return to the group; the European Union was represented at the G8 since the 1980s as a "nonenumerated" participant, but could not host or chair summits. The 40th summit was the first time the European Union was able to chair a summit.
Collectively, in 2012 the G8 nations comprised 50.1 percent of 2012 global nominal GDP and 40.9 percent of global GDP. "G7" can refer to the member states in aggregate or to the annual summit meeting of the G7 heads of government. G7 ministers meet throughout the year, such as the G7 finance ministers, G7 foreign ministers, or G7 environment ministers; each calendar year, the responsibility of hosting the G8 was rotated through the member states in the following order: France, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Canada. The holder of the presidency sets the agenda, hosts the summit for that year, determines which ministerial meetings will take place. In 2005, the UK government initiated the practice of inviting five leading emerging markets — Brazil, India and South Africa — to participate in the G8 meetings that came to be known as G8+5, but this practice was short-lived. With the G20 major economies growing in stature since the 2008 Washington summit, world leaders from the group announced at their Pittsburgh summit in September 2009 that the group would replace the G8 as the main economic council of wealthy nations.
The G7 retains its relevance as a "steering group for the West", with special significance appointed to Japan. Following 1994's G7 summit in Naples, Russian officials held separate meetings with leaders of the G7 after the group's summits; this informal arrangement was dubbed the Political 8 —or, the G7+1. At the invitation of UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and U. S. President Bill Clinton, President Boris Yeltsin was invited first as a guest observer as a full participant, it was seen as a way to encourage Yeltsin with his capitalist reforms. Russia formally joined the group in 1998, resulting in the Group of Eight, or G8. A major focus of the G8 since 2009 has been the global supply of food. At the 2009 L'Aquila summit, the G8's members promised to contribute $22 billion to the issue. By 2015, 93% of funds had been disbursed to projects like sustainable agriculture development and adequate emergency food aid assistance. At the 2012 summit, President Barack Obama asked G8 leaders to adopt the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition initiative to "help the rural poor produce more food and sell it in thriving local and regional markets as well as on the global market".
On 24 March 2014, the G7 members cancelled the planned G8 summit, to be held in June that year in the Russian city of Sochi, suspended Russia's membership of the group, due to Russia's annexation of Crimea. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov downplayed the importance of the decision by the U. S. and its allies, pointed out that major international decisions were made by the G20 countries. On, the Italian Foreign Affairs minister Federica Mogherini and other Italian authorities, along with the EastWest Institute board member Wolfgang Ischinger, suggested that Russia may restore its membership in the group. In April 2015, the German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that Russia would be welcomed to return to G8 provided the Minsk Protocol was implemented. In 2016, he added that "none of the major international conflicts can be solved without Russia", the G7 countries will consider Russia's return to the group in 2017; the same year, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe called for Russia's return to G8, stating that Russia's involvement is "crucial to tackling multiple crises in the Middle East".
In January 2017, the Italian foreign minister Angelino Alfano said that Italy hopes for "resuming the G8 format with Russia and ending the atmosphere of the Cold War". On 13 January 2017, Russia announced. Nonetheless, Christian Lindner, the leader of Free Democratic Party of Germany and member of the Bundestag, said that Putin should be "asked to join the table of the G7" so that one could "talk with him and not about him", "we cannot make all things dependent on the situation in Crimea". In April 2018, the German politicians and members of the Bundestag Sahra Wagenknecht and Alexander Graf Lambsdorff said that Russia should be invited back to the group and attend the 2018 summit in Canada: "Russia should again be at the table during the summit at the latest" because "peace in Europe and in the Middle East is only possible with Russia"; the President of US Donald Trump stated that Russia should be returned to G8. The 4 EU members of G7, Canada and Japan anyway didn't agree about it. After several G7 members rejected US P
Atlantic Airways is the national airline of the Faroe Islands, operating domestic helicopter services and international passenger services as well as search and rescue responsibilities from its base at Vágar Airport, on the Faroese island of Vágar. Most of its pilots are members of the Faroese Pilot Association. Regular air links to the Faroes had been in operation between the islands and Denmark. Although the airport at Vágar had been constructed by the British Army during World War II, air traffic to the islands was non-existent between the departure of the British and the start of services to Copenhagen. Calls for the creation of a Faroese airline company began in the early 1980s. Passenger numbers were increasing and Danish carrier Maersk Air enjoyed the monopoly as the sole airline to serve the Faroe Islands; as a result, Atlantic Airways was established in 1987 between the Faroese government and Danish airline Cimber Air, though the Faroese government would assume full ownership in 1989.
Flights commenced between Vágar and Copenhagen on 28 March 1988 using a British Aerospace BAe 146. A hangar was built at Vágar by the Faroese government in order to secure Atlantic Airways' home base in the Faroes, ensuring maintenance facilities were available on the islands; the aim of the new airline company was to build up a Faroese aviation industry on a commercial basis and to ensure the Faroe Islands an air connection with the outside world. Flight crews and management were Faroese. Though load factors were high and the new service was popular, Atlantic Airways had a turbulent beginning economically; the Faroe Islands suffered a severe economic depression in the early 1990s, at its nadir in 1992, the Faroese government delivered 75 m DKK in aid to the ailing carrier. Atlantic Airways would not become profitable until 1995. Flights were launched to Reykjavík in 1995 in co-operation with Air Iceland, to Narsarsuaq in Greenland in the summer months, in co-operation with Air Iceland; the latter half of the 1990s saw Billund in Denmark and Aberdeen in the UK added to Atlantic Airways' flight schedule.
The growing list of destinations and passenger numbers, together with the stabilisation of the airline's finances, saw a second BAe 146 added to the fleet in 2000. This new aircraft meant services to London in the UK and the Norwegian capital Oslo added to the network. Growth in tourism on the islands has enabled flights to Aalborg, Stavanger and Edinburgh. However, for the 2006 season services to Stord have been discontinued, Edinburgh replaced by the Shetland Islands. Atlantic Airways entered the UK domestic market in 2006, becoming the only carrier to offer a direct service between Shetland and London, which it did on a twice weekly basis; the UK domestic operation ceased in 2008. Atlantic Airways operates a domestic service by helicopter, in many instances a vital connection to many of the islands, which otherwise can only be reached by sea; the helicopter has proved a vital tool on the islands since the 1960s, when helicopters from Danish coast guard vessels patrolling the Faroes undertook a variety of tasks, including ferrying equipment and supplies between the islands.
The government hired a helicopter in 1978 for these tasks, but in the 1980s a commercial public helicopter service was launched linking each of the islands using two Bell 222 helicopters. The helicopter service was a standalone company, SL Helicopters, but the decision to concentrate Faroese aviation into one firm led the helicopter department becoming part of Atlantic Airways in 1994; the helicopters provide a round trip'hopper' service to each of the islands, ideal for tourists looking for aerial views. The company is required to have at least one helicopter and ready for search and rescue duties. Over the last 5 years, Atlantic Airways has produced profits of between 8 and 13 million DKK; the company has increased its turnover from 120 million in 1998 to 520 million DKK in 2006. Atlantic Airways employed 177 people at January 2007. Atlantic Airways was listed at the Iceland Stock Exchange on 10 December 2007; the Faroese government has decided on a privatisation process and has sold off 33% of the company in the first bidding round.
The first day of trading was 10 December 2007. The government was planning to sell off 33% more in 2008, but this was cancelled due to the financial crisis; the first Airbus A319 for Atlantic Airways, registered OY-RCG, entered service in March 2012, with a modified livery. The runway at Vágar required an extension to properly accommodate this aircraft; the second and third Airbus 319s entered service in October 2013 respectively. As the lease of these ran out by the end of 2016, only one was renewed while a brand new Airbus A320 was delivered. On 3 June 2015, Jóhanna á Bergi became CEO of the company, she is the first woman to become CEO of a Nordic airline. In December 2018, the airline submitted an application for commercial services to the United States. In 2017, Atlantic Airways will operate scheduled passenger flights between Vágar Airport and the following destinations: Atlantic Airways operates charters for Danish tour operators to destinations such as Italy, Bulgaria, Scotland and the Czech Republic, out of Copenhagen Kastrup and Billund airports.
There is domestic helicopter service to the islands. The helicopters depart from Vágar Airport on Sunday, Monday and Friday; the flights visit the capital Tórshavn and second largest town Klaksvík, the southern islands Skúvoy, Stóra Dímun, Suðuroy, the northern islands Svínoy and Fugloy, the western island Mykines, the
Canadian Helicopters CHC Helicopter Canadian operations, operates 132 aircraft from 43 bases across Canada which provides a broad range of helicopter services to include: emergency medical services, infrastructure maintenance, utilities and gas, forestry and construction, helicopter transportation services. CH operates three flight schools and provides third party repair and maintenance services. Canadian Helicopters provides helicopter service in the United States in support of specialty operations including forest fire suppression activities and geophysical exploration programs. Commercial helicopter flying began in British Columbia in the summer of 1947. Three ex-RCAF officers, pilots Carl Agar and Barney Bent, engineer Alf Stringer, were operating a fixed-wing charter company, Okanagan Air Services Ltd. out of Penticton. In July 1947 they raised enough money to purchase a Bell 47-B3 and pay for their flying and maintenance training. Okanagan Air Services moved to Vancouver in 1949, was renamed Okanagan Helicopters Ltd. and, by 1954, had become the largest commercial helicopter operator in the world.
Toronto Helicopters was founded by Douglas Dunlop. It was a pioneer in air ambulance services in Ontario. Sealand Helicopters was founded by Newfoundland businessman Craig Dobbin in February 1977. In 1987, Dobbin headed a group that purchased Okanagan Helicopters and Toronto Helicopters and merged them with his own company, Sealand Helicopters to form Canadian Helicopters; until November 2000, Canadian Helicopters was the domestic operating arm of Canadian Helicopters International, a wholly owned subsidiary of CHC Helicopter Corporation. In 2000, Canadian Helicopters was divested to form Canadian Helicopters, Inc, renamed in 2012 as HNZ Group, Inc.. British Columbia - Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Penticton and Terrace. Alberta - Western Head Office Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie. Manitoba - Southport Northwest Territories - Inuvik, Norman Wells, Nunavut - Cambridge Bay, Hall Beach, Iqaluit Quebec - Corporate Head Office: Montreal, Les Cèdres, Chevery and Sept-Îles Newfoundland - Bishop's Falls, Goose Bay and Pasadena New Brunswick - Fredericton Nova Scotia - Halifax Yukon - Whitehorse CH operates 132 aircraft Bell 206L and L1 Bell 212 Bell 407 Bell 412EP AS 350BA,B2,B3 and B3e AS 355N EC 120B Sikorsky S-61N Sikorsky S-76A++,C+ and D Sikorsky S-92
Bristow Helicopters Limited is a British civil helicopter operator based at Aberdeen Airport, Scotland, now part of the U. S.-based Bristow Group which in turn has its corporate headquarters in Texas. Bristow Helicopters Limited holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, it is permitted to carry passengers and mail on aircraft with 20 seats or more; the U. S. division of Bristow is a Federal Aviation Administration approved Part 135 air carrier. Bristow Helicopters Limited was established in June 1955 by Alan Bristow. From 17 February 1965 and onwards, it operated the Westland Wessex 60 ten-seat helicopter in support of North Sea Oil industry off-shore installations. During the late 1960s, Bristow operated a fleet of Hiller UH-12 training helicopters based at AAC Middle Wallop which were used to train flight crews for the UK Army Air Corps. In 1985, it was acquired by Commonwealth Holdings plc.. In 1996, Bristow Helicopters was purchased by Offshore Logistics, an American offshore helicopter operator which operated as Air Logistics in the U.
S. Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, was structured as a reverse takeover; the group now maintains a global fleet of over 400 aircraft. In 2006 Offshore Logistics re-branded itself as'The Bristow Group'; the Bristow Group expanded their portfolio in April 2007 with the purchase of Helicopter Adventures, a Florida-based flight school, Helicopter Adventures was subsequently renamed Bristow Academy. The deal provided the Bristow Group with the world's largest civilian fleet of Schweizer aircraft. In January 2010, Bristow announced the retirement of the Air Logistics name and Gulf of Mexico operations would operate under the name Bristow. Bristow provides helicopter services and other support services to the oil and gas industry, it operates more than 170 twin-turbine helicopters in the United States. These receive support and operational assistance from its regional headquarters and primary maintenance facility located at the Acadiana Regional Airport in New Iberia, Louisiana. Fixed Wing Bristow has controlling interests in Eastern Airways, a regional airline based in the U.
K. operating fixed wing regional jet and turboprop aircraft and Airnorth a regional airline, based in Australia operating fixed wing regional jet and turboprop aircraft. Both Eastern Airways and Airnorth operate scheduled passenger services, shuttle flights for oil and gas industry personnel, charter services. In addition to its wholly owned international operations, Bristow Group maintains service agreements and equity interests in helicopter operators in Brazil, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Mexico and Russia and the United Kingdom; this allows Bristow to extend its range of services into new and developing oil and gas markets and helps provide a lower cost structure in some operating areas. Partners include: Cougar Helicopters Helicopteros Nacionales de Colombia, Helicol S. A. Colombia Petroleum Air Services, Egypt Atyrau Bristow Airways Services, Kazakhstan Turkmenistan Helicopters Limited, Turkmenistan Heliservicio Campeche, Mexico Norsk Helikopter, Norway - now Bristow Norway Sakhalin Bristow Air Services AKA Aviashelf, Russia FBH Limited, UKAlthough not a joint venture, in 2015 Bristow and AgustaWestland agreed to develop offshore and search and rescue capabilities for the AW609 tiltrotor.
This could simplify a typical trip from Clapham Common to an oil rig by using just one aircraft. Bristow intends to order more than 10 tiltrotors; the Search and Rescue Training Unit at RAF Valley is a detachment of the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury, from which its aircraft are distinguished by their flotation bags, rescue winches and cable cutters above the cockpit roof. The aircraft are maintained to EASA standards but are military registered allowing them to operate outside civilian flight restrictions. All the Defence Helicopter Flying School Helicopters and Synthetic Training Equipment are owned by FB Heliservices, a consortium of Bristow Helicopters and FR Aviation, who provide 40% of the instructional staff, all the ground school and simulator staff, carry out all maintenance and provide support services. Bristow helicopters operated Sikorsky S-61N helicopters on behalf of Her Majesty's Coastguard, the United Kingdom's Coast Guard, until July 2007 after which there was a 12-month transitional period whilst CHC Helicopter took over the contract replacing the S-61N with new helicopters.
Bristow operated four dedicated Search and Rescue sites on behalf of HM Coastguard. The units were located at Portland and Lee-on-Solent on the south coast of England, at Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides, at Sumburgh in the Shetland Isles. Northern North Sea services operated from Aberdeen and Stavanger. Southern North Sea services operate from Norwich and Den Helder with its support organisation based at Redhill. Bristow S61N's were responsible to carry out SAR tasks, operating from Den Helder Airport on behalf of the oil and gas industry. On 26 March 2013 Bristow was awarded a 10-year contract to operate the search and rescue operations in the United Kingdom, at the time being provided by CHC Helicopter, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. Bristow is operating AgustaWestland AW139, AgustaWestland AW189 and Sikorsky S-92 helicopters in support of this contract; the AW139 aircraft are being replaced by the AW189, specified in the contract however procurement delays lead to the AW139 being introduced instead of the AW189 resulting in AAR AIrlift Group cl
Airline hubs or hub airports are used by one or more airlines to concentrate passenger traffic and flight operations at a given airport. They serve, it is part of the hub-and-spoke system. An airline operates flights from several non-hub cities to the hub airport, passengers traveling between spoke cities need to connect through the hub; this paradigm creates economies of scale that allow an airline to serve city-pairs that could otherwise not be economically served on a non-stop basis. This system contrasts with the point-to-point model, in which there are no hubs and nonstop flights are instead offered between spoke cities. Hub airports serve origin and destination traffic. In the airline industry, a focus city is a destination from which an airline operates limited point-to-point routes. Ergo, a focus city caters to the local market rather than to connecting passengers. However, with the term's expanded usage, a focus city may function as a small-scale or total hub. Allegiant Air, JetBlue and Southwest Airlines are examples of US-based airlines that consider some of their focus cities run like a hub.
The hub-and-spoke system allows an airline to serve fewer routes, so fewer aircraft are needed. The system increases passenger loads. However, the system is costly. Additional employees and facilities are needed to cater to connecting passengers. To serve spoke cities of varying populations and demand, an airline requires several aircraft types, specific training and equipment are necessary for each type. In addition, airlines may experience capacity constraints. For the passenger, the hub-and-spoke system offers one-stop air service to a wide array of destinations. However, it requires having to make connections en route to their final destination, which increases travel time. Additionally, airlines can come to monopolise their hubs, allowing them to increase fares as passengers have no alternative. Airlines may operate banks of flights at their hubs, in which several flights arrive and depart within short periods of time; the banks may be known as "peaks" of activity at the hubs and the non-banks as "valleys".
Banking allows for short connection times for passengers. However, an airline must assemble a large number of resources to cater to the influx of flights during a bank, having several aircraft on the ground at the same time can lead to congestion and delays. In addition, banking could result in inefficient aircraft utilisation, with aircraft waiting at spoke cities for the next bank. Instead, some airlines have debanked their hubs, introducing a "rolling hub" in which flight arrivals and departures are spread throughout the day; this phenomenon is known as "depeaking". While costs may decrease, connection times are longer at a rolling hub. American Airlines was the first to depeak its hubs, trying to improve profitability following the September 11 attacks, it rebanked its hubs in 2015, feeling the gain in connecting passengers would outweigh the rise in costs. The hub-and-spoke system is used by some cargo airlines. FedEx Express established its main hub in Memphis in 1973, prior to the deregulation of the air cargo industry in the United States.
The system has created an efficient delivery system for the airline. Other airlines that use this system include UPS Airlines, TNT Airways, Cargolux and DHL Aviation, which operate their primary hubs at Louisville, Liège, Luxembourg and Leipzig respectively. Although the term focus city is used to refer to an airport from which an airline operates limited point-to-point routes, its usage has loosely expanded to refer to a small-scale hub as well. For example, JetBlue's New York–JFK focus city runs like a hub, although in reality it is still deemed as a focus city. A fortress hub exists when an airline controls a significant majority of the market at one of its hubs. Competition is difficult at fortress hubs. Examples include Delta hubs at Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis–Saint Paul. Flag carriers have enjoyed similar dominance at the main international airport of their countries and some still do. Examples include Lufthansa at Frankfurt Airport, Air Canada at Toronto Pearson Airport, Alitalia at Rome Fiumicino Airport, KLM at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Garuda Indonesia at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, British Airways at London Heathrow, Air China at Beijing Capital Airport, Iberia at Madrid-Barajas Airport and Air France at Paris Orly and Charles de Gaulle Airports.
A primary hub is the main hub for an airline. However, as an airline expands operations at its primary hub to the point that it experiences capacity limitations, it may elect to open secondary hubs. Examples of such hubs are Turkish Airlines' Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen hub, British Airways' hub at London-Gatwick, Air India's hub at Mumbai and Lufthansa's hub at Munich. By operating multiple hubs, airlines can expand their geographic reach, they can better serve spoke–spoke markets, providing more itineraries with connections at different hubs. A given hub's capacity may become exhausted or capacity shortages may occur during peak periods of the day, at which point airlines may be compelled to shift traffic to a reliever hub. A reliever hub has the potential to serve several functions for an airline: it can bypass the congested hub, it can absorb
Sky Shuttle Helicopters Limited is a helicopter service operator based in Macau. Known as Helicopters Hong Kong Limited and before that as East Asia Helicopters, it operates helicopter routes between Macau, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Sky Shuttle employs over 250 people. East Asia Airlines Limited was established in July 1988 and Macau-Hong Kong services commenced in November 1990 by using two Bell 222 helicopters with six flights per day. Helicopters Hong Kong Limited established in 1997, formed a partnership with East Asia Airlines, to create the largest commercial helicopter operation in the Pearl River Delta region providing shuttle service between Hong Kong and Macau and introduced a fleet change from Bell 222 to Sikorsky S76C+ helicopters. Subsequently, a new company name “Sky Shuttle Helicopters Limited” was launched in November 2008, as part of a new corporate branding exercise. In 2009 another fleet change took place when AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters were purchased to replace the aging S-76C+s.
The airline's noon departure from Hong Kong for Macau ended in a controlled ditching of one of its AW139s in Victoria Harbour post-takeoff due to a tail rotor failure. The 11 passengers and 2 crew escaped serious injury. Sky Shuttle is the sole commercial helicopter operator between HK, Macau and Shenzhen, PRC, with Sky Shuttle operating 40 flights daily between Macau Maritime Terminal and Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong from 10 am to 11 pm, 6 flights a day between Macau Maritime Terminal and Shenzhen Baoan International Airport, all of about 15 minutes duration. Sky Shuttle operates services for sightseeing, aerial photography and general private charter. Sky Shuttle Heliport renamed from Shun Tak Heliport 2nd Helipad added 2009 Shun Tak Heliport, at the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal, Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong - 1 pad built in 1986, Macau Heliport at 3/F Macau Maritime Terminal, Avenida da Amizade, Macau - 5 pads upgraded in 2001 Shenzhen Heliport at 3/F of Shenzhen Baoan International Airport Terminal, China As of July 2016, Sky Shuttle operates AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters.
Bell 222 Sikorsky S-76Also operated by Helicopters Hong Kong were Aérospatiale SA 315B Lama Eurocopter AS350 Bell 206 List of companies of Macau Sky Shuttle official site Sky Shuttle Helicopter aircraft
Shree Airlines Pvt. Ltd. is an airline based in Sinamangal, Nepal, operating chartered helicopter and scheduled fixed wing services following the delivery of three Bombardier aircraft in 2017. Shree Airlines has a helicopter operation sector branded as Shree Air, where its helicopters are certified to carry up to 26 passengers in a one class configuration; the airline conducts charter and non-charter flights to remote parts of the country and offers cargo charter services. The airline was incorporated in the 1990s and was called Air Ananya, named after the founder's granddaughter: Ananya Mittal. After a helicopter was burnt at Jiri by Maoists and there were a couple of accidents and helicopters hit by bullets, Chairman and CEO Banwari Lal Mittal consulted an astrologer who suggested changing the name of the airline, thus Air Ananya became Shree Air.. Shree Air is the largest operator of helicopters in Nepal with a fleet of Mi-17 helicopters; these helicopters are capable of carrying up to 4000 kg of 26 people.
Shree Airlines operates both passenger flights. Nepal’s largest helicopter operator Shree Air diversied into fixed-wing operations by bringing in three jets in 2016 with plans to operate scheduled domestic flights out of Tribhuvan International Airport and investing NPRs 2 billion on its expansion project, these services are operated under the brand name Shree Airlines; the airline has acquired two Bombardier CRJ200 and one Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and launched fixed wing services on 11 August 2017 using one of the Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft. Shree Airlines operated flights for the Nepal Food Corporation; these flights delivered food to the needy in the hard-to-reach parts of Nepal. Shree Airlines has delivered over 8,000,000 kilograms of food to the Nepalese population. Shree Airlines operated long term charter flights for the United Nations, in support of peacekeeping operations in Uganda from 2008 to 2014; the UN cancelled the contract after the ICAO attached the label "significant safety concern" to all Nepalese airlines.
Four Mi-17 helicopters were left abandoned in Uganda after the cancelation of the mission, as the airline did not find it viable to bring the machines back to Nepal. As of September 2016, two Helicopters are still in Aftice, while two more helicopters are being overhauled. Shree Airlines operates helicopter flights to Hilsa in north-west Nepal, at the northern border, is the start point for the Mansarovar and Mount Kailash pilgrimage; the Airline operates charter flights to a popular pilgrimage destination in mid-Nepal. Shree Airlines operates scheduled domestic flights to the following destinations as of July, 2018; the Shree Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft: 2006 Shree Air Mil Mi-8 crash: A Shree Air Mil Mi-17 helicopter that operated on a chartered mission en route to Kathmandu crashed shortly after it departed Ghunsa, Taplejung. All four crew members and 20 passengers died in the crash, among them several senior officials of the World Wide Fund for Nature and Nepalese Government officials Gopal Rai and Harka Gurung and conservationist Chandra Gurung.
On February 2, 2018, a Shree Airlines Bombardier CRJ200ER met a minor incident at Gautam Buddha Airport, Bhairahawa. The wing tip of the aircraft was damaged as the aircraft hit the wing of a Yeti Airlines Jetstream 41 at parking bay of the airport. Shree Airlines is an active sports and events sponsor, co-sponsoring the 2018 Dhangadhi Premier League and since 2019 sponsoring the Biratnagar Kings in cricket and the 2019 SAFF Women's Championship in football. Official website