Hi and welcome back to another episode of my flights in IF! This is a collection of photos of my flight on the Airbus A319-115 from Kathmandu to Paro. In real life, the route is either operated by DrukAir or Bhutan Airlines, with an A319 or A320neo. However, since there is no Bhutan Airlines livery and callsign in IF, I opted for a generic A319-115 and a call sign of A5-RIM, a real Bhutan A319 registration. Featured are the Himalayan views on the way at 29000ft and the spectacular but difficult approach to Paro’s Runway 33. Enjoy!
Time: 0h 59min
At the small terminal in Nepal. It’s good to see a sunny day in this normally foggy city!
Backtracking and lining up on Runway 20.
V2. Positive Rate. Gear Up.
The sky’s the limit… Not the mountains. A nice view of the A319 engine too.
Nothing’s more perfect than an A319 at 29000ft and the snowy Himalayas… Though it won’t be the same story if the plane was at 2900.
Descending dangerously close to the peaks. I don’t know how the pilots in Bhutan manage this every day.
Final turn… Beautiful but difficult. It’s a captain’s landing.
A great landing on Runway 33. Didn’t even need the entire 1600m runway to stop… That’s performance.
Welcome to Bhutan!
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