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Himalaya Airlines is a Nepalese airline based at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Himalaya Airlines flies to 5 destinations including Dammam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Qatar and United Arab Emirates as of March 2017.
Himalaya Airlines plans to add a more destinations to its route networks within 2017 including Dhaka, Hong Kong and Bangkok. China is a main focus in order to increase connectivity by including Beijing and Chengdu to its destination network and eventually other destinations such as, Kunmig, Guangzhou and Lhasa.
The airline was founded in 2014 as a joint venture between Tibet Airlines and Yeti Airlines Group. In order for Himalaya Airlines to obtain its Air Operator's Certificate, the airline leased aircraft form Yeti Airlines and conducted its first proving flights from Febuary 2016. However, launch plans were delayed due the Nepal earthquake in April 2015.
Himalaya Airlines launched operations on 31st May 2016 with flights between Kathmandu and Doha and later that year, began flight services to Colombo, which resumed scheduled flights between Nepal and Sri Lanka after 28 years.
In-flight entertainment system offers passengers with music, the latest blockbuster movies, TV shows and documentaries. There is also an in-flight magazine, Danfe, to enjoy.
Himalaya Airlines that started its first scheduled flight operations in May 2016, flying directly to Doha, Qatar, carried 56,213 passengers in the first six months of 2017.
Himalaya Airlines operates 3 Airbus 320-214 series of narrow-body aircrafts in its fleet with 2 seat configurations that can hold 8 and 150 passengers in Business and Economy seats.
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia
Yangon - Myanmar
Kathmandu - Nepal
Dammam - Saudi Arabia
Doha - Qatar
Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Free Baggage Allowance:
To/From Qatar (DOH)
Business Cabin : 40 Kgs
Economy Cabin : 30 Kgs
To/From United Arab Emirates (DWC)
Business Cabin : 40 Kgs
Economy Cabin : 30 Kgs
Business Cabin : 45Kgs
Economy Cabin : 35 Kgs
To/From Malaysia (KUL)
Business Cabin : 40 Kgs
Economy Cabin : 30 Kgs
To/From Myanmar (RGN)
Business Cabin : 40 Kgs
Economy Cabin : 30 Kgs
Infant Free Baggage Allowance remains unchanged. Current Free Baggage Allowance of 10kgs remains.
Flights between Kathmandu to Dammam allows free baggage allowance of 40 kg for Business Class and 30 kg for Economy Class.
21st March 2018
Himalaya Airlines turns sights northward
Himalaya Airlines is turning its sights northward after being refused landing permission in India. The private Nepali carrier has charted out an aggressive plan to connect Chinese cities that are key outbound markets with a high consuming capacity.
The Nepal-China joint venture has recently requested the government to review the bilateral air service agreement (ASA) with China. Currently, five Chinese carriers—Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, Sichuan Airlines and Tibet Airlines—operate flights to Nepal. But no Nepali carrier serves China.
In 2015, national flag carrier Nepal Airlines applied for landing permission at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, but its application is yet to be approved.
Officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) suspect that Nepali carriers have been kept out of Chinese airports due to the significant safety concern (SSC) tag given to Nepal by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao) in its audit report in 2013. Nepal has recently been removed from Icao’s bad books.
Himalaya has been eying Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Changsha as potential destinations. They are among the top 15 Chinese outbound markets or the main gateways to the outside world. “In view of our need to expand our services for promoting mutual tourism, trade and culture between the two countries, an application has been submitted to start scheduled passenger flights to Shenzhen, Wuhan and Changsha which are not among the air routes specified in the Nepal-China bilateral ASA,” the carrier said in its proposal submitted to the ministry.
Last week, the Tourism Ministry designated seven weekly flights for Himalaya Airlines on the Kathmandu-Shanghai route.
The two governments can sign a memorandum of understanding and grant flight permission to Himalaya to boost Chinese arrivals from new markets, ministry officials said. “The ASA can be revised later.”
Newly-appointed Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari has set an aim to increase arrivals to 1.5 million by 2020, and plans to conduct aggressive promotional activities in India and China this fiscal year to bring more tourists from the world’s largest outbound markets.
According to the China Tourism Academy, the official tourism research institute of the China National Tourism Administration, the financial capital of Shanghai is China’s top outbound market. Shenzhen and Wuhan are the third and ninth largest outbound markets. Similarly, Changsha is the 13th largest outbound market.
In 2016, Chinese outbound reached 122 million departures, and Chinese visitors spent $109.8 billion in overseas destinations. In Nepal, according to the Department of Immigration, arrivals from China, the country’s second largest source market after India, totalled 104,664 individuals last year.
“We plan to connect all these four destinations this year if the government gives the go-ahead,” said Vijay Shrestha, vice-president, administration, of Himalaya Airlines. “We have charted out this aggressive plan to meet the targets of the government and the private sector to attract 2.5 million or more tourists annually. The target looks attainable if we focus on two giant economies, India and China, that are our neighbours,” he said, adding that Himalaya was trying to penetrate the Indian market too.
In March 2016, Himalaya Airlines had announced that it would be conducting its maiden commercial flight on the Kathmandu-Delhi sector after receiving its first aircraft. Two years have passed but Indian authorities have not given their permission. The carrier currently operates 32 flights weekly on the Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Doha and Dammam sectors with its three Airbus A320 jets.
11th March 2018
Himalaya Airlines 3rd Anniversary
Himalaya Airlines (H9), a private international airline of Nepal, celebrated its third year connecting people of Nepal with other countries on Friday.
The last two years have been proving and establishing years for Himalaya Airlines with important milestones achieved. At present, Himalaya Airlines operates three Airbus A320 aircraft and also holds the first international award of ‘Leading New International Airlines in South Asia’ received at the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2017, the company said in a press statement.
To celebrate the occasion, the airline announced an Audience Engagement Programme with the launch of a Social Media Quiz that will run across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The participants are encouraged to click the link, which is shared in the airline’s social media pages for a chance to win a round-trip ticket to and from H9’s any destination.
The contest is valid till March 19. The celebration was further shared with passengers through distribution of red velvet cupcakes on-board who flew Himalaya Airlines to Doha, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur, on Friday.
3rd November 2017
Himalaya Airlines 'Leading New International Airlines in South Asia'
Himalaya Airlines has received 'Leading New International Airlines in South Asia' during the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2017 that was held in Addu City of the Maldives on Saturday.
Issuing a statement, Himalaya Airlines said that the award recognizes the carrier's momentous growth in a short period of time. “We believe that happy and satisfied customers are the foundation for a long-term affiliation,” the airline said in the statement.
It further added that the airline had made a corporate overview presentation at, highlighting its achievements to the panel of judges during their visit to Kathmandu in August 2017.
11th October 2017
Kathmandu Airport's traffic hits 1.87 million in first half of 2017
Despite severe congestion, traffic continues to balloon. Airport expects to receive a record number of flyers this year.The Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) has witnessed a solid growth in the first half of 2017, setting the stage for receiving a record number of flyers this year.
According to TIA data, 1.87 million travellers passed through the airport’s facilities in the first six months of 2017, up 12.79 percent compared to the same period last year.
Aircraft movement also grew by 31.86 percent to 16,469 flights, a solid increase primarily due to Chinese airlines increased flight frequencies to Nepal. Currently 28 international airlines, including three Nepali carriers, serve Kathmandu.
Chinese carriers--Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Sichuan Air--that saw their passenger carriage drop notably by 55.80 percent in the first six months last year recovered strongly this year. These carriers flew 152,829 travellers, up 169.18 percent.
Nepal expects to grab a larger share of the Chinese outbound travel market after China’s announcement of Nepal Tourism Promotion Year 2017 in a bid to encourage its citizens to visit the Himalayan republic.
Each year, 120 million Chinese vacationers head to foreign destinations, which make China the biggest tourism source market in the world.
“Despite congestion at the TIA, we are expecting a record number of tourists this year, which will increase travellers’ movements at the airport,” said Birendra Prasad Shrestha, spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan).
According to Caan, construction of new terminal building is expected to be completed within one and a half years.
Likewise, Caan has planned to construct 16 new parking bays. Of the total parking bays under the plan, four are expected to be completed within a year, said Caan.
“The parking bays and expansion of the international terminal building will enhance the airport facility as well as the safety standard of the TIA,” said Shrestha.
A breakdown shows India’s Jet Airways topped the list of carriers with the highest number of passengers. Jet, which serves Delhi with three flights and Mumbai with two flights daily, flew 227,512 passengers in the first six months of this year, up 47.62 percent.
Nepal Airlines is the second with a passenger carriage growth of 17.52 percent. It flew 210,131 passengers during the review period.
Low-cost carriers like Fly Dubai stood third with a passenger carriage growth of 17
percent, as it flew a total of 168,677 passengers. Another low cost carrier, Air Arabia, however, saw its passenger carriage drop by 6.68 percent to 155,004. However, the carrier stood fourth in terms of passenger carriage.
Doha-based Qatar Airways slipped to fifth spot with a sharp 25.46 percent drop in passenger carriage to 155,004 in the first six months of 2017. Indian Airlines saw its passenger numbers increase 8 percent to 97,462.
The Malaysia-based low-cost airline Malindo Air saw the strongest passenger occupancy recording 132.56 percent growth. It flew 68,115 passengers in the review period. However, another low-cost carrier from Malaysia, Air Asia, saw its passenger number dropping by a whopping 50.69 percent to 43,375.
Meanwhile, Thai Airways saw its passenger numbers rise 4.78 percent to 84,373 in the review period. the Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways flew 65,796 travellers, down 18.28 percent.
13th September 2017
Himalaya Airlines launched new service to Saudi Arabia in early September 2017:
Offering of Kathmandu – Dammam route, on board Airbus A320 aircraft.
Service initially operates 3 x Weekly from 01SEP17 (Day 145 from KTM, Day 256 from DMM), and increases to daily from 09SEP17.
H9559 KTM2230 – 0050+1DMM 320 D
H9560 DMM0150 – 0915KTM 320 D
4th September 2017
Himalaya Airlines starts Kathmandu-Dammam flight
Himalaya Airlines started its inaugural flight from Kathmandu to the city of Dammam in Saudi Arabia
Dammam is the third destination for Nepal's only operating private sector-led international airline, in the Middle East after Doha, Qatar and Dubai, UAE. The maiden flight H9 559, bound for Dammam, departed from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu at 22:30 local time on Friday, according to the airline.
The company said in a press statement that it is the first and only Nepali airline to operate direct flights between both cities, meeting the strong demand from air travellers, especially Nepali migrant workers.
Presently, the airline will be operating a daily flight on this route.
Airline's Vice President (Administration) Vijay Shrestha said, "We are very happy to be the first and only airline to connect Dammam with Kathmandu directly. With this new route, Himalaya Airlines would be able to carter over 500,000 Nepalis staying in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, enabling many of them to rejoice with their families during this festival season."
Nepal is celebrating the two biggest festivals - Dashain and Tihar in September and October when millions of Nepalis travel to reach their home town for celebration.
The airline started its first scheduled flight operations from May 31, 2016, flying directly to Doha. Presently, the airline is also operating its direct flights to Kuala Lumpur and Dubai.
16th August 2017
Himalaya Airlines has announces launch of its first direct flight from Kathmandu to the Saudi Arabia city of Dammam
From 1st September 2017, Himalaya Airlines will launch of its first direct flight from Kathmandu to the Saudi Arabia city of Dammam.
The airline said that the flight would facilitate Nepali migrant workers to return home during the upcoming Dashain and Tihar festivals. Dammam is one of the most sought after destination of Nepalis for foreign employment. An estimated 500,000 Nepalis are working there.
In 2015, the government had amended the air service agreement (ASA) with Saudi Arabia, boosting the frequency between the two countries to 28 weekly flights from two weekly flights. Nepal had signed the ASA with Saudi Arabia in October 1999 permitting flights to Riyadh only.
The revised ASA has accepted a multiple designation system and Saudi Arabia has adopted an open sky policy at its international airport in Dammam, which means there will be no restriction on the frequency.
The daily direct flight would ease the travel for thousands of Nepalis who have been paying hefty ticket airfares as well as spending more travel time while commuting between Saudi Arabia and Kathmandu, the airline said.
Himalaya will depart from Tribhuvan International Airport at 22:30 hours (local time) and will arrive in King Fadh International Airport, Dammam at 00:50 hours (local time) the next day.
The return flight will depart from Fadh International Airport, Dammam at 01:50 hours (local time) and will arrive in Kathmandu at 09:15 hours (local time).
Himalaya Airlines Vice President of Administration Vijay Shrestha said, “We are always looking forward to provide our passengers with the most convenient and time-efficient way of air travel. Considering the hours of hassle Nepalis have been facing while traveling to Saudi Arabia, we believe the launch of this direct flight will definitely achieve our objective.”
“The launch of daily direct flight to Dammam is Himalaya Airlines special Festival gift, to all our valuable passengers. As we move forward, our goal will always be to offer most direct routes to our countrymen at cost effective fares with warm Nepalis hospitality onboard.”
The free baggage allowance for both the routes is 40 kg for business class and 30 kg for economy class.
The airline has appointed Asfar Travel and Tourism as its general sales agents, who will represent the airline in Saudi Arabia and will be responsible for the airline’s sales and marketing, market development, reservations and ticketing services.
Established in August 2014, Himalaya Airlines, a Nepal China Joint Venture, is a private airline of Nepal providing international air service.
12th July 2017
Himalaya Airlines announced it was suspending all the flights to Dubai, UAE from July 14th 2017 till 14th August 2017
In July 2017, Himalaya Airlines announced it was suspending all the flights to Dubai, UAE from 14th July 2017 to 14th August 2017.
11th July 2017
Himalaya Airlines and Sabre announce global distribution partnership
Sabre Corporation today announced a new global distribution partnership with Himalaya Airlines. This partnership is in line with supporting and strengthening the airline’s objective of becoming the premium carrier that connects Nepal to the world.
Himalaya Airlines is looking to add 15 aircrafts to its current fleet that will connect Nepal globally, thus cementing its status as the premier carrier in the country. Sabre’s technology will enable the airline to maximise its reach through the Sabre Travel Marketplace, connecting them to more than 425,000 travel agents globally. This will help to ensure that consumers have access to the best possible deals available while creating more revenue opportunities for the airline and travel agents.
Effective August 2017, Himalaya Airlines’ fares and ancillary offerings will be available to Sabre travel agents globally, allowing them to choose the most cost-efficient routes and packages for their customers.
Himalaya Airlines announced it will enjoy a unexpected windfall as As major Gulf carriers operating flights from Kathmandu to Qatar’s capital Doha and vice versa — like FlyDubai, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia — have suspended their flights to Doha following the diplomatic rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia-led alliance of United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt since Monday, the airlines operating flights on the route are enjoying an unexpected windfall.
The aforesaid Gulf carriers have opted to transfer the passengers who were flying with them to Doha either on direct flights of Qatar Airways, Nepal Airlines and Himalaya Airlines or on connecting flights of Jet Airways, Biman Bangladesh and Oman Air, as per Kathmandu-based travel agencies.
28th April 2017
Arab Emirates Himalaya Airlines continues to strengthen network with Middle-East region
Himalaya Airlines Continuing to strengthen its network in the Middle-East region, Himalaya Airlines, Nepal’s fast growing premium carrier, is honored to successfully launch its first direct service between Kathmandu and Dubai today with 100% flight load.
The inaugural flight departed from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu at 10:40 hours (Local Time) and touched down at (DWC) Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport at 13:25 hours (Local Time).
With the launch of 3 flights per week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), the airline will operate its one of the three Airbus 320-214 on the route, offering 8 Business class and 150 Economy class seats for travellers on a regular basis.
Himalaya Airlines announced a new service between Kathmandu and Yangon twice a week
The direct flights by the Nepal-China joint venture airline every Monday and Friday. his is the first time an airline is flying direct between the two destinations since the Union of Burma Airways – now called the Myanmar National Airlines – operated the route between 1989 and 1993. Himalaya Airlines also connects Myanmar with Doha, Colombo and Kuala Lumpur.
In March 2017, Himalaya Airlines announced it will have a third A320-214 aircraft soon. This Airbus 320-214 series is a narrow-body aircraft with capacity to accommodate eight and 150 passengers in its business and economy seat configurations, respectively. This is the second A320 aircraft that has been delivered to the airline within the year 2017 and now the airline is the owner of three Airbus 320 aircraft in its fleet, as per a media release.
Over the next five years, the airline has a target of acquiring 15 aircraft to connect Kathmandu with various new destinations in Asia and beyond.
The airline will also introduce long-haul wide-body aircraft of A330 family in due course of time for the operation of direct flights to Japan, South Korea, Europe, Australia, and America. Himalaya Airlines currently has 3 Airbus 320-214 series of narrow-body aircrafts in its fleet with two seat configurations that can respectively hold 8 & 150 passengers in its Business and Economy seats. The carrier received its second new Airbus, registration number 9N-ALV, on January 31, 2017 and third new Airbus, registration number 9N-ALW, on March 31, 2017.
Over the coming five years, the airline has a target of acquiring 15 aircrafts to connect Kathmandu with various new destinations in Asia and beyond. The Airlines will also introduce long haul wide body aircraft of A330 family in due course of time for the operation of direct flights to Japan, Korea, Europe, Australia, and America.
In February 2017, Himalaya Airlines begun Kathmandu - Kuala Lumpur flights. The Nepal-China joint venture airline flagged off its Airbus 320 to Kuala Lumpur, making it the airline’s 3rd international destination after Doha and Colombo. Himalaya Airlines has set the airfare for a round-trip flight between Kathmandu and Kuala Lumpur at Rs 25,375 with tax excluded. The Himalaya Airlines had started its scheduled flights to Doha of Qatar on May 13, 2016, and Colombo, Sri Lanka on October 1, 2016. It plans to connect Kathmandu with Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, with the operation of direct flights from February 24.
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Himalaya Airlines last week launched new service to Saudi Arabia, with the offering of Kathmandu – Dammam route, on board Airbus A320 aircraft. Service initially operates 3 times a week from 01SEP17 (Day 145 from KTM, Day 256 from DMM), and increases to daily from 09SEP17.
H9559 KTM2230 – 0050+1DMM 320 D
H9560 DMM0150 – 0915KTM 320 D
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