Drukair, Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines Fleet, ATR 42-500, Drukair (Royal Bhutan Airlines) is currently the only Bhutan airline operates scheduled flights. Drukair now operates with 3 A319 for it's international destinations and on an ATR 42-500 for it's regional destinations. the concept of a national airline was born on April 5, 1981. Drukair began operations on February 11, 1983, from Paro, a picturesque valley in western Bhutan, a 65 km drive away from the capital, Thimphu. At the time, Paro had a little airstrip servicing helicopter operations. Drukair began humbly with a 18-seat Dornier 228-200 that made its historic touch down at Paro airport on January 14, 1983, to the chant of inauguration prayers, cymbals, conches and the like, with maroon-clad monks blessing the occasion and the plane. The first link was Kolkata, followed by six destinations in South Asia, including Bangkok. As more and more people took to the skies, not just to connect but also to enjoy perhaps the most breath-taking view of the Himalayan range, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and the highest unclimbed mountains in Bhutan itself, another Dornier was added to meet the increasing demand. Drukair upgraded its planes to the new BAe 146 on November 21, 1988, when the first plane touched down at Paro with the same traditional fanfare. Drukair now operates with 3 A319 for it's international destinations and on an ATR 42-500 for it's regional destinations.
ATR (Avions de Transport Regional), ATR aircrafts are often used by regional airline companies. The ATR 72-600 are not only known for their reliability and technology but are also the top-selling turboprop aircraft on the market. ATR models; ATR 42-200 / ATR 42-300 / ATR 42-320 / ATR 42-400 / ATR 42-500 / ATR 42-600; ATR 72-100 / ATR 72-200 / ATR 72-210 / ATR 72-500 / ATR 72-600. ATR 72-600, configured with 68 to 74 seats, The ATR 72-600, as the previous ATR 72 aircraft versions, is recognized as the most efficient regional aircraft with the lowest seat-mile costs. List of Airlines has ATR Aircraft in their fleets; Bangkok Airways, Cebu Pasific Air, Passaredo, Azul, Jet Airways, Uni Air, Malindo, HOP!, Garuda Indonesia, Air Algerie, Binter Canarias, Firefly, Air New Zealand, Trigana, Air Caledonie, TruJet, Liat Air, Precision Air, Air Vanuatu, Air Botswana, Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines, Aeromar, Antrak Air.