Himalaya Airlines

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 and Tibet Airlines. It launched operations in May 2016 with a single Airbus A320. The airline flies to nine destinations as of November 2019.

Himalaya Airlines
Logo of Himalaya Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
H9[1] HIM[1] HIMALAYA[2]
Founded19 August 2014
Commenced operations31 May 2016
AOC #084/2015[3]
HubsTribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)
Fleet size3
HeadquartersGairidhara, Kathmandu, Nepal[4]
Key people
  • Zhou Enyong
  • Vijay Shrestha
    Vice President
A Himalaya Airlines Airbus A320 taxiing at Finkenwerder Airport in Germany
A Himalaya Airlines Airbus A320 wearing the new livery.


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.[5]

Initially,[when?] Tibet Airlines and the Himalaya Infrastructure Fund had stakes in the airline alongside Yeti World Investment, an affiliate of Yeti Airlines Group.[6]

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.[6] Launch plans were delayed by the April 2015 Nepal earthquake.[7] The airline inducted its first aircraft, an Airbus A320, on March 9 2016.[8] Himalaya Airlines launched operations on May 31 2016 with flights between Kathmandu and Doha.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

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.

Corporate affairsEdit

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%.[12]

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.[13]

The airline is headquartered in Gairidhara, Kathmandu.[14] Ang Tshiring Sherpa is the chairman, while Zhao Guo Qiang serves as president of the company.[15]



A Himalaya Airlines Airbus A320 at Tribhuvan International Airport

Himalaya Airlines operates the following aircraft as of October 2019:[27][28]

Himalaya Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Note
P Y Total
Airbus A319-100 1 8 120 128 To be acquired from Tibet Airlines – Delivery in 2019[29]
Airbus A320-200 3 8 150 158
Total 3 1


Business ClassEdit

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.[30]

Economy ClassEdit

Himalaya Airlines has 150 Economy class seats. The seats are 17.5 inches (440 mm) wide with 30 inches (760 mm) seat pitch.[30]


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  2. ^ "7340.2F with Change 1 and Change 2 and Change 3" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 15 September 2016. p. 3–1–51. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Civil aviation Report 2017" (PDF). Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  4. ^ "About Us". Himalaya Airlines. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Air Arabia begins Nepal hub operations and launches flyyeti.com". Fly Yeti. Archived from the original on 6 February 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Himalaya conducts 'proving' flight". The Kathmandu Post. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Himalaya Airlines plans to start ops by March-end". The Kathmandu Post. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Himalaya Airlines takes delivery of first aircraft". The Kathmandu Post. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  9. ^ "China-Nepal JV airline to start daily Kathmandu-Doha flight". Xinhua News Agency. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Himalaya Airlines begins Kathmandu-Colombo flight". The Himalayan Times. 1 October 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  11. ^ "PM to fly to China with Himalaya". The Kathmandu Post. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  12. ^ Rai, Om (2016). "A Himalayan mess". Nepali Times. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Himalaya Airlines announces new partnership with Tibet Civil Aviation". The Kathmandu Post. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Corporate office address". Himalaya Airlines. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  15. ^ "About Us". Himalaya Airlines. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Flight Schedule". Himalayan Airlines. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Himalaya Airlines direct flight to dhaka". The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Himalaya Airlines plans Beijing Daxing launch in late October 2019". Routes Online. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  19. ^ a b c "Himalaya Airlines Winter 2019 network adjustment". Routes Online. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  20. ^ "Himalaya begins direct flights to Chongqing". The Kathmandu Post. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Airline stops Yangon to Kathmandu flights". Myanmar Times. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Himalaya Airlines' Festival Bonanza: Daily direct flight from Kathmandu to Dammam". Himalaya Airlines. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  23. ^ "Himalaya Airlines launches inaugural flight to Colombo". The Himalayan Times. 13 April 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Direct flights to Abu Dhabi: Next destination of Himalaya Airlines". Aviation Nepal. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  25. ^ "Himalaya Airlines to shift its base station in Dubai from DWC to DXB Dubai International Airport". Aviation Nepal. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  26. ^ "Himalaya Airlines Winter 2019 network additions". Routes Online. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  27. ^ "Himalaya Airlines fleet information". Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  28. ^ "Himalaya Airlines fleet details and history". PlaneSpotters. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  29. ^ "Himalaya Airlines adding Airbus A319 narrow-body aircraft in its fleet". Aviation Nepal. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  30. ^ a b "Travel Classes". Himalaya Airlines. Retrieved 24 April 2019.

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