Himalaya Airlines, a Nepal-China joint venture airline, today carried out a proving flight on the Kathmandu/Delhi/Kathmandu sector with its first new Airbus 320-214, to demonstrate its preparedness for commercial operations. The new aircraft, with the Nepalese registration number 9N-ALM, demonstrated its competence to operate commercial flights in all aspects of airline operation.
According to CAAN Air Operator Certificate Requirements, which are as per International Civil Aviation Organization standards, the proving flight was conducted under the inspection of CAAN inspectors. ICAO inspectors also observed the flight proving flight.
Commenting on this demonstration, Mr. Vijay Shrestha, Vice-President Administrations said, "With the proving flight successfully conducted today, we will commence commercial operation soon.”
Himalaya Airlines, a full-service carrier, established in August 2014, started its international flights operation from April 12th 2016, flying directly to Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Airline will now start is first scheduled flights from May 31st 2016 flying directly to Doha, Qatar. The airline has planned services to more destinations including Delhi, India followed by Lhasa, Chengdu and Beijing in China a few months later.
The airline had welcomed its first new aircraft MSN 6626, Airbus 320-214, Nepal registration number 9N-ALM, on March 9, 2016 at 14:25 NST. This aircraft carried the Right Honorable Prime Minister, Mr. K.P. Oli, Madam Radhika Shakya and the delegation on an official visit to Beijing, the capital city of the People’s Republic of China at 11:00 NST on March 20, 2016. The aircraft also flew to Colombo, Sri Lanka offering a promotional package of round trip on April 12th 2016 and May 3rd 2016.
The airline has full preparation in terms of training flight crew, maintenance personnel and all functions of airline operation and has in place systems, people and infrastructure to start commercial flights.
Over the coming five years, the airline aims at acquiring 15 Airbus aircrafts and will operate from Kathmandu to various cities in Asia and beyond. The company will 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.
Tibet Airlines holds 48.99%of equity capital of the company, whereas the Nepalese side holds 51.01%.