Birendra Bahadur Basnet, owner Buddha air
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My Business Asia: Making money in the skies above Nepal

In the seventh of a new series about entrepreneurs around Asia, the BBC hears from Birendra Bahadur Basnet whose Buddha Air shuttles around a million passengers through the skies of Nepal.

Spotting an opportunity in a newly liberalised domestic aviation market in the 1990s, he risked what he had to buy an aeroplane - raising some eyebrows as he was not from a family of businessmen. "Well, everybody thought we had gone mad."

He has since proven them wrong with a company of over 700 people and nine planes.

Video produced by Surendra Phuyal

  • 16 Oct 2013
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