During my time in Bhutan, I had the chance to try out both Drukair and Bhutan Airlines in business class. Both carriers offered excellent service and comfortable seating onboard.
Drukair: Kathmandu To Paro
From Nepal, I flew Druk Air (also known as Royal Bhutan Airlines) to Paro. Drukair is the flag carrier and state-owned airline in Bhutan. It operates both domestic and international flights, including to various cities in India and Bangkok, Thailand. Its fleet includes four jets from the Airbus A320 family and one ATR 42 turboprop.
I was hoping for a new A320neo (Drukair has a single one), but I wound up with an Airbus A319…the only one that has not been retrofitted. It really did not matter for the one-hour flight to Paro: the seat was very comfortable, with excellent padding and a legrest.
Nice pre-departure beverages:
Breakfast was served after takeoff…pretty bad, I must say. A sandwich and egg roll. But this was a one-hour flight after all and I loved the tablecloth.
The food may have been regrettable, but the service was not. Sangay the purser was such a kind woman who doted over me and my friend (the only business class passengers in the 16-seat cabin). Here, she is pictured with the state-run English newspaper in Bhutan.
One thrill on the flight was flying over Mount Everest: it was a beautiful morning to fly once we got above the haze in Kathmandu.
We landed without incident in the “most dangerous airport in the world” and walked over to the arrivals hall.
Bhutan Airlines: Paro To New Delhi
Most flights depart Paro early in the morning, which makes enjoying a hotel impossible. I think early morning flights are the worst possible flights. So in leaving, I looked for the latest departure possible. That happened to be Delhi on Bhutan Airlines, which provided an excellent opportunity to fly on Bhutan Airlines, the private carrier in Bhutan.
We were almost denied boarding at check-in (more details coming on that in my full trip report), but thankfully made it onboard.
This time, the business class cabin was not empty (3/4 full), and I really liked the wide and well-padded old-school seats in business class (there were even ashtrays).
The Laurent-Perrier Champagne onboard was quite respectable.
Lunch was decent (chicken with noodles), though the sides (potato salad and some sort of puff pastry) were odd and not at all appetizing.
Service was superb, with very attentive flight attendants throughout the two-hour flight.
It was great to check out both Royal Bhutan Airlines (Drukair) and Bhutan Airlines. Both were nice flights with excellent service and comfortable seating, despite the short journey durations.
In my full flight reviews, I will provide many additional details about the flights and service onboard.
And a teaser of what is next: