Himalaya Airlines launches charter flights to stimulate Chinese tourism

Chinese tourists disembark a Himalaya Airlines charter flight.
Photo Credit: Himalaya Airlines

The week, Himalaya Airlines commenced the first of a series of charter flight services to stimulate Chinese tourism to the region.

The airline operated the first of its charter flight services from Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG), Peoples Republic of China to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu, Nepal this week.

First charter flight arrival

On Thursday April 13, 2023, Himalaya Airlines’ Airbus A320 landed 180 Chinese tourist passengers in the Nepalese capital, and will then welcome total 700 more passengers in the upcoming charter flights from Kunming to Kathmandu.

After three years of COVID-19 pandemic related restrictions, the goal is to increase the inflow of tourists to Nepal.

This is a major step taken by Himalaya Airlines, initiating Nepal’s first Charter flight services from China to Nepal, bringing Chinese tourists in the nation.

H9 Vice President, Mr. Vijay Shrestha expressed his excitement and thanked the Chinese and Nepalese government officials for their support in making the charter flight service possible. He also added:

“This is a significant step towards strengthening the bilateral relations between Nepal and China. We are proud to facilitate the movement of passengers between these two important countries and plan to increase this relationship with more Chinese destination in the coming days.”

“With the motive to promote tourism and aviation industry of Nepal, Himalaya Airlines always takes a step forward for the nation. We are committed to providing exceptional service and making the journey a memorable experience for our passengers.”

About Himalaya Airlines

Himalaya Airlines (H9) is a Nepal – China joint venture established in 2014. The airline has two core objectives; to connect Nepal with the other countries, and to promote Nepal’s trade and tourism.

H9 is the joint alliance between Tibetan Civil Aviation Development & Investment Company Ltd. (TCADIC) from Tibet Autonomous Region of The People’s Republic of China and Yeti World Investment Pvt. Ltd. of Kathmandu, Nepal.

In the eight years since its establishment, H9 acquired 4 aircraft in its fleet. It presently operates three Airbus 320-214 configured with 180 all-economy seats and one Airbus 319-115 with 144 all – economy seats.

H9 is currently operating passenger flights to prominent countries of Middle East & South Asia: UAE, Malaysia, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bangladesh & China.

In the first year of commercial operations, H9 received the international award for “Leading New International Airlines in South Asia” at South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2017.

In August 2020, Himalaya Airlines secured its first ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management Systems (QMS) for its Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering services.

On December 29 2021, Himalaya Airlines became the first airline in Nepal to successfully achieve ISO 9001-2015 QMS certification. The airlines received the certificate in recognition of the organization’s Quality Management System (QMS) complying with ISO 9001-2015.

The ISO certificate has been earned for “Providing Air Transport for Traveling Passengers and Freight, including Aviation Related Training Services.”

To ensure flying with Himalaya is safer than ever before, starting 2021, Himalaya Airlines introduced Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) a life-saving device onboard all its fleet.

With this, Himalaya Airlines stands to be the first ever and the only Nepalese airlines to carry AEDs onboard.

With the aim to excel in safety, on time performance (OTP) and most primarily, in service to its customers, H9 has established itself as a trusted airline of choice and aspires to rise as a leading airline in South Asia.

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