Himalaya Airlines, a Nepal-China Joint Venture Airline, successfully launched its inaugural scheduled flight to Doha, on May 31st 2016, with 158 passengers on board as part of effort to provide 500,000 Nepalese living and working in Qatar, a convenient route to and from their motherland. The inaugural flight flew from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu at 2300 hours (Local Time) and touched down at Hamad International Airport, Doha at 0130 hours (Local Time).
With the launch of thrice-weekly passenger services till June 14th 2016, Doha becomes the first scheduled flight of Himalaya Airlines. Effective June 15, the Kathmandu – Doha route will increase to a daily service for more convenience of the passenger. The aircraft passenger cabin is configured with 150 economy and 8 business class seats.
Commenting on this maiden flight, Mr. Vijay Shrestha, Vice President, Administration said, “With this Doha flight, we mark the beginning of our international story of our scheduled flights. We focus on providing reliability and efficiency which will further help us provide superior service to our customers."
The Kathmandu – Doha: 3-times-a-week schedule (effective May 31)
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
· Depart Kathmandu- H9555 - at 2300 hrs, arrive Doha at 0130 hrs
· Depart Doha- H9556 at 0230 hrs, arrive Kathmandu at 1015 hrs following day
The Kathmandu – Doha: DAILY schedule (effective June 15)
· Depart Kathmandu H9555 at 2300 hrs, arrive Doha at 0130 hrs
· Depart Doha H9556 at 0230 hrs, arrive Kathmandu at 1015 hrs following day
About Himalaya Airlines Pvt, Ltd.
Himalaya Airlines, a full-service carrier, established in August 2014, started its scheduled flight operations 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%.
For further information, please contact:
Brand and Service Improvement Department
Himalaya Airlines Pvt. Ltd
T: +977 1 4004091