Himalaya Airlines, a new Nepal-China Joint Venture Airline Company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a long term service agreement with SriLankan Airline’s aviation integrated training academy - SriLankan Training, to receive A320 family simulator training to ab initio pilots and cabin crew.
SriLankan Airlines Flight Simulator Centre, located in the SriLankanAirline’s Airline Centre at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), with its firstA320-200 full flight simulator,will offer a total flying experience on ground to Himalaya Airline’s ab initio pilots and cabin crew, such as Aircraft Type Specific Safety and Emergency Procedures, Crew Resource Management and Cabin Crew service training courses within a purpose-built state-of-the-art facility. Flight crew will be trained on the most advanced and extensive fleet of full motion flight simulators that have a standard state of the art visual fidelity, motion and sound.
Commenting on this agreement, Capt. Jatinder Pal Singh Dhillon, Vice President – Operation said, “ We are delighted to be training our pilots at one of he best pilot training institutes with an impeccable record. The First Officers being trained are all Nepali and shows our commitment to use local talent. The first four pilots would be completing their simulator training in early March 2016."
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%.
SriLankan Training is an institution committed to delivering a career–focused, innovative and comprehensive portfolio of aviation training courses, which prepare students for professional and personal success.The academy is positioned to become the hub of high quality professional aviation training in Sri Lanka and the South Asian region. The extensive range of training programs in portfolio is focused on providing the customers with highest quality and added value solutions along with global recognition