Quite a nice experience. Once onboard, the service is very good and the food and drinks of international
standard. Landing and takeoff in Paro is a bit of a rush. Though they are the only carrier to Bhutan, they do a
good job and provide a good quality product. Tickets are expensive, but that is due to high costs of
KTM-Paro return. Single class on a turbo prop plane. Very bumpy ride into Paro through the valleys but no
problems on the return. Snack served both ways. Seating rather cramped. Good views on both legs. Seats on
"best" sides seemingly booked well in advance by travel agencies.
Bangkok-Kolkata-Paro. Flight was very enjoyable, the crew were always happy, the flight was on time. Food was
good on the BKK-CCU leg, I was served a proper dinner and on the CCU-Paro flight I was served a small snack but
still excellent. My approach into Paro was unforgettable the views were breath taking but I did find the airport
small. But overall an Excellent flight and I will be flying Druk Air again.
DRUK AIR review : 30 October 2008 : by Geoff Becque
Customer Rating : 10/10
Kathmandu/Paro in A319 in October. Blessed with the most superb weather with great views of the
Himalaya and fabulous manual landing, weaving through the zigzag valleys as we descended in bright
sunshine to Paro at 7000ft. Professional crew, good safety briefing and cabin service. Shame we
couldn't fly back out of Paro as our Agents messed up our return tickets and we had to endure a
ten hour overland journey to India on an unmade road with a 3000ft sheer drop on one side and no
barriers! We did on our tour however watch two Druk Air A319's take off from Paro and it looked
spectacular as they power climbed and weaved out of the valley.
DRUK AIR review : 31 May 2008 : by Dio Samsoeri
Customer Rating : 8/10
Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok via Dacca in Royal Executive Class. Satisfactory experience, friendly and
polite cabin crews on both sectors. Food acceptable with a bar service during lunch time on flight
from Dacca to Bangkok. Modern A 319 aircraft under a good maintenance, clean and equipped with
comfortable Business Class seating. It is worth extra Dollar especially if you are interested in
taking picture during the final descend to Paro Airport, amazing scenery with a distant view of
Himalayan range on the way and a thrilling experience as well especially if you notice the hill is
only a few hundred meters away from the wings.
Druk Air review - by Robert Ramage
23 May 2008 Customer Trip Rating :
Bangkok-Paro via Kolkata - business class. Excellent attentive service - the extra few dollars for
business is well worth it given the enormous difference in comfort and service. Incredible mountain
views on this flight.
Druk Air - by Keith Angus
8 January 2008 Customer Trip Rating :
Bangkok-Paro return - via Kolkotta on the way out and Gaya on the way back. Business class. The
overall experience was good - food, drink and FA service was of a very good standard. It's worth
paying the little extra for business class ($40 per person each way) as the seats are roomy and
comfortable, plus you get lounge access at both Bangkok and Paro, although the Paro lounge is a bit
quaint. The other reason for booking business class is if your flight gets delayed, as ours did on
the return journey for around five hours. There's little in the way of facilities at Paro airport so
it's worth the extra for a more comfortable place to wait (and enjoy free drinks, of course).
Make sure you sit on the left hand side on the flight into Paro as you get the best views of the
Himalayas. And finally, don't be worried about the descent into Paro as the plane does get
worryingly close to the mountainsides.
Druk Air review - by John Duffus
27 November 2007 Customer Trip Rating :
BKK/Paro/BKK business class in mid-November - new A 319s, clean and comfortable. Stops in Gaia
(outward) and Kolkotta (return) were only 45 minutes. FA's warm and attentive, excellent hot
breakfasts served on the longer sectors, Thai and local newspapers plus a few magazines available
for reading. Views of the mountains obscured by cloud on arrival. but the twists and turns of the
landing at Paro were the most exciting since Hong Kong's old Kai Tak was closed. Fabulous mountain
views on departure. Overall two excellent flights.
Druk Air review - by G Lazaro
10 April 2007 Customer Trip Rating : n/a
Economy from Bangkok (BKK) to Paro (PBT) via Kolkata (CCU) on an Airbus
A319. Planes are very clean inside with good service. You get a meal for
the BKK-CCU leg and a snack comprising of a tiny sandwich and some
cookies for the CCU-PBT leg. No form of entertainment on board in
economy and no reading material as well. Bring something to do for the 2
hour flight between BKK and CCU. For the 50 minute flight between CCU
and PBT, you may spend your time anticipating the view of Mount Everest
and the Himalayas. Coming from Bangkok, people on the left hand side of
the plane were able to get a look of Mt. Everest way off in the
distance. The approach to Paro is quite the experience, as the pilots
deftly guide you around the mountains and onto the runway in the middle
of the valley. Checking-in for your flight to Paro requires you to show
your visa approval from the Bhutan government along with your ticket.
Besides the high cost of the flight, overall it was a good experience
with Druk Air.
review - by Lukasz Dabrowski
5 February 2007
Kathmandu-Paro and Paro-Delhi in economy class. Very good service, new
Druk Air review
- by Michael Ingram
20 November 2006
I was impressed by Druk Air though admittedly we were business class. Good food very comfortable
seats (2x2) and professional friendly informative staff. We flew Delhi Khtamandu Paro and the meal
was excellent on board. Sit on the left for the omost amazing view of 8 of the 10 highest mountains
in the world, helpfully pointed out by the pilots commentry.
A319s modern comfortable well maintained and toilets clean.
Business class is definately worth the small supplement.
Exceptional helpfulness of the airline when we were stranded by bad weather in Paro.
review - by Chris Olofson
27 March 2005
Bangkok to Paro (via Kolkata) and back on their brand new Airbus 319. The plane
was very modern (touch screen controls, comfortable leather seats, etc.), and the crew was very
professional and accommodating. In business class it is a 2-2 configuration, and a full meal is
served between Bangkok and Kolkata (2:25), with a peanut/cracker/etc. snack between Kolkata and Paro
(0:50). The ground stop took about 40 minutes, and approximately 20 people got
- by Kevin Chiraguna
11 October 2004
Went to Bhutan for a 12-day visit. The flight was ok - we flew economy,
especially on the Paro bound, it was not all that
packed. FA's were nice.
- by Frederick Poe
2 June 2004
Druk Air, the flag carrier (and only carrier) to Bhutan's only commercial airport PARO is up to
snuff. The 141 jets are dual-configured and it is worth flying C class (as I did from Delhi via
Kathmandu and again from Paro to Calcutta) if only to have better maneuvering for the quite
incredible flightseeing of the Himalayas. The FAs are friendly, professional, the food service is
adequate if bland (reflecting the cooking of Bhutan perhaps) the check in facilities are excellent
and Paro's terminal building is quite pretty, almost folksy in a way. I look forward to flying DRUK
again. The name means "Dragon" in Bhutanese for otherwise why would anyone choose such an
unappealing sounding word (at least to an English speaker's ear?) Druk does not cooperate in
ticketing with IATA carriers and ticket costs are somewhat stiff. I doubt if the king of Bhutan
will permit competition anytime soon.