Himalaya Airlines (Nepali: हिमालय एअरलाइन्स्, Himālaya earalāins) is a Nepalese airline operating from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Himalaya Airlines was founded in 2014 as a joint venture between Yeti World Investment Group and Tibet Airlines. It launched operations in May 2016 with a single Airbus A320. The airline flies to ten destinations as of 24 January 2020.
|Founded||19 August 2014; 6 years ago|
|Commenced operations||31 May 2016|
|Hubs||Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)|
|Headquarters||Gairidhara, Kathmandu, Nepal|
Himalaya Airlines is the second attempt of Yeti Airlines Group to launch an international airline based in Nepal, following the collapse of Fly Yeti in 2008. It is also the second Sino-Nepali airline company after Flying Dragon Airlines.
In order to obtain its air operator's certificate, Himalaya Airlines leased aircraft from Yeti Airlines and conducted its first proving flights in February 2015. Launch plans were delayed by the April 2015 Nepal earthquake. The airline inducted its first aircraft, an Airbus A320, on March 9 2016. Himalaya Airlines launched operations on May 31 2016 with flights between Kathmandu and Doha. Flights from Kathmandu to Colombo started in October, marking the resumption of scheduled flights between Nepal and Sri Lanka after 28 years but the flights were soon suspended.
In 2016, Himalaya Airlines served as the governmental aircraft of Nepal, when Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli used Himalaya's services on his inaugural visit to China. This was the first time that the head of the Nepalese Government did not use state owned airline; resulting public outcry.
The airline initially focused on unconventional routes; such as Yangon, Myanmar and Colombo, Sri Lanka as opposed to highly demanded middle-eastern destinations but they were quickly terminated. After all, Himalaya ended up operating to Dammam, Saudi Arabia as well as Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. In the months leading to Visit Nepal 2020, Himalaya focused on the market in China, as Chinese are ranked second among the most number of travellers that visit to Nepal. In October 2019, Himalaya Airlines launched direct service to Beijing's newly constructed Daxing International Airport making it the only airline in Nepal to connect the capitals of Nepal and China.
At the time of its establishment, Tibet Airlines held a 49% stake in Himalaya Airlines, while Yeti World Investment (an affiliate of Yeti Airlines Group) owned the remaining 51%. Zhao Guo Qiang was the airline's first president while Ang Tshering Sherpa served as chairman of the board until his death in 2019.
In September 2019, Himalaya Airlines underwent ownership restructuring, for which the shares of Tibet Airlines were transferred to Tibet Civil Aviation Development and Investment. Subsequently, the logo and livery were changed. The blue, dark blue as well as white blend of livery and logo was changed with orange and blue combination. Though, the fuselage retained its white color. Currently, Zhou Enyong serves as the president of Himalaya Airlines.
Prior to this, Himalaya Airlines served the following destinations:
|Bangladesh||Dhaka||DAC||VGHS||Shahjalal International Airport|||
|China||Beijing||PKX||ZBAD||Beijing Daxing International Airport|||
|Changsha||CHX||ZGHA||Changsha Huanghua International Airport|||
|Chongqing||CKG||ZUCK||Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport|||
|Guiyang||KWE||ZUGY||Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport|||
|Shenzhen||SZX||ZGSZ||Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport|||
|Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur||KUL||WMKK||Kuala Lumpur International Airport|
|Myanmar||Yangon||RGN||VYYY||Yangon International Airport||Terminated|||
|Nepal||Kathmandu||KTM||VNKT||Tribhuvan International Airport||Hub|
|Qatar||Doha||DOH||OTHH||Hamad International Airport|
|Saudi Arabia||Dammam||DMM||OEDF||King Fahd International Airport|||
|Sri Lanka||Colombo||CMB||VCBI||Bandaranaike International Airport||Terminated|||
|United Arab Emirates||Abu Dhabi||AUH||OMAA||Abu Dhabi International Airport|||
|Dubai||DWC||OMDW||Al Maktoum International Airport||Terminated|||
|DXB||OMDB||Dubai International Airport||Terminated|||
Himalaya Airlines was the first airline in Nepal to introduce a Premium Economy class. It consists of 8 seats on the Airbus A320 with a four-abreast configuration. The seats are 26.9 inches (680 mm) wide with 43 inches (1,100 mm) seat pitch. As of 2020, this section of the aircraft was rebranded as the airlines' Business Class.
In Himalaya Airlines' Economy class, the seats are 17.5 inches (440 mm) wide with 30 inches (760 mm) seat pitch.
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