Best commercial flight?

High flying

High flying

Wanderlust, a leading British travel magazine, has rated Paro International Airport as the world’s second best airport to fly into, behind Singapore’s Changi International Airport. That is good news.

But what about the world’s best commercial flight route? Have you seen a ranking of the world’s best regular commercial flight routes? I haven’t. And, I’m not sure that such a ranking exists. But if there was one, I’m certain that Druk Air’s Paro – Katmandu sector would win hands down. Consider the pilot’s typical greeting to passengers traveling on that sector:

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard this Druk Air flight from Paro to Kathmandu. The flight time is approximately one hour, and the flight route will take you over the town of Paro, fly up to Taksang Monastery, and turn back over the airport, after which we will set course west on a westerly direction, exiting Bhutan over the town of Sipsoo, flying into India for a short while flying over the towns of Kalimpong and Darjeeling a little South of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, and then flying parallel to the Himalayas all the way to Katmandu. For those of you seated on the right of the aircraft, you’ll see a few of the world’s highest mountains including Mount Jumolhari, one of the highest and most sacred mountains in Bhutan.

Coming up on your right is Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest mountain in the world measuring 8,586 meters or 28,170 feet above mean sea level. In the distance, beyond the mountains, you can see the Great Tibetan Plateau. The passengers on the left of the aircraft will able to see the Great Northern Indian Plains.

On your right is Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain measuring 8,848 meters or 29,028 feet above mean sea level. It is the peak in the middle, shaped like a pyramid. The peak in front of Everest is Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest peak, measuring 8,560 meters or 27,940 feet.  The mountain all by itself, on the right of Everest, is Mt Makalu, the fifth highest mountain measuring 8,463 meters or 27,766 feet.

Up ahead, as we begin our descent into Katmandu, some of you will be able to see Gauri Shangkhar, a mountain that Hindus consider sacred.

On this short journey passengers can see the highest mountain and four of world’s five highest peaks. They can also see two sacred mountains, the Tibetan plateau and the Indian plains. Plus they can  experience the extraordinary flight into or out of the Paro valley. All this means that, in my opinion, the Paro – Katmandu sector could easily be the world’s best regular commercial flight route.


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  1. Agreed la of what you say. But I am sorry to mention that only pilots like Temphay – I think his name is Sonam make such announcements regularly. The others (most of them) are mum about it. They should all delligently make such announcements to enhance the passengers journey on this exciting flight. Most of the pilots don’t say a single thing. Sad but true.

    • Yes, I agree what you say so. I think our pilots or crews have to really speak clearly so that passengers understand what they are saying.

  2. yes la i do agree but we have to figure out we know that mt.Everest is highest peak, if you dont fly across the mts. then where would they fly take other route otherwise tubga la

  3. i too agree that kathmandu-Paro route should be rated the world’s best regular commercial flight route.
    it should be properly announced inorder to make our passenger to gain more exposure. and also to make every one familiar to this route.
    and another thing is once Paro airport was rated as one of the dangerous airport in the world, now how is it rated as world’s second best airport to fly into?

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