New Bangladesh-based startup NXT Air plans to begin operations with a single ATR 72-212F (395, ex-Solenta Aviation) in early 2022.
The 1994-vintage unit 395, which is in bulk-freighter configuration under the Aeroconseil supplemental type certificate, had arrived in Dhaka (DAC) in June.
NXT Air confirmed to Cargo Facts that it is an affiliate of Hello Airlines and that it expects to start flying unit 395 in the first week of January 2022. The aircraft arrived at its home base of Cox’s Bazar (CXB) on Dec. 20, according to local reports.
Unit 395 is on lease from ACIA Aero Leasing, with the option to purchase it at the end of the lease term, NXT Air told Cargo Facts, . ACIA announced at the end of August that it had delivered the ATR to NXT.
NXT is looking at adding a second ATR 72-212F by the second quarter of 2022, the startup told Cargo Facts. It is considering 737-800Fs but did not provide further specifics.
The carrier said it had completed the necessary regulatory steps and inspections with regard to its air operator certificate.
It is unclear if NXT will end up operating Hello Airlines’ single ATR 42-300 (312, ex-Flair Aviation).