Drukair, the flag carrier of Eastern Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, signed a purchase agreement for one A320neo. Airbus announced the news on April 20, 2018, also highlighting the significance of this aircraft choice in respect to the fact that the carrier’s main base is located in “one of the most challenging airports in the world”.

Drukair’s order comes to support its growth plans and complement its existing fleet of three A319s, the French manufacturer notes. The aircraft will be powered by CFM Leap-1A26E1 engines optimized for high altitude operations.

Drukair’s base in Paro, located at an altitude of 7,300 feet and surrounded by high mountains, is one of the world’s most challenging airports. Thus, the A320neo will become the largest aircraft to operate from Paro.

Featuring a two class cabin layout, the aircraft will be deployed to increase capacity on existing regional routes to Singapore, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Delhi and, Calcutta.