After a soft launch for students last month, the Aviation Museum in Kathmandu will open to the public from 28 November. Some 50,000 students from Grades 8-12 have already visited the Museum in the last three weeks, and the restored Airbus 330-300 has got enthusiastic response.
The Airbus 330-300 suffered a runway excursion event in March 2015 and was dismantled and reassembled in Sinamangal as a joint project between the Bed Upreti Trust and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) at a cost of Rs 70 million.
The Museum contains displays and miniatures of aircraft and information about the history of aviation in the cabin of the wide body aircraft. The Museum employs 25 staff, and the guides wear flight attendant uniforms.
"I am excited to announce that the Museum is now open to the public from Tuesday, and want to especially thank the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and Turkish Airlines for their support," says Captain Bed Upreti.
Grade 9-12 students from all over Nepal can enter the Museum free if they have a letter endorsing the visit from their schools with their school IDs. One teacher accompanying 15 students of any grades will also have free entry.
All students with IDs get 50% off on tickets. For a few months, the entry fee is discounted. For Normal Entry is Rs 250 (Including SAARC countries citizens), Students with ID Rs 125, Differently abled visitors: Rs 125, CAAN staff and Airline crew (Pilots and Flight Attendants ) have free entry. It will open everyday 10 to 5.