Himalayan adds China flights

KATHMANDU, 9 October 2019: Himalaya Airlines confirmed, last week, it intends to start new services to China this November, to support the up-coming Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign.

Keen to expand its coverage in the China market, the airline will start a service from the Nepalese capital Kathmandu to Changsha in China.

The airline will operate a single weekly service for the winter schedule starting 13 November until 31 March next year. The flight will depart Kathmandu every Wednesday at 1045 and arrive in Changsha at 1700.

It is understood the weekly flight, using an A320, will be pre-booked by Chinese travel agents.

A new once-weekly flight on Thursday will also be introduced on the Kathmandu – Nanchang route 14 November using an A320.

The flight will depart Kathmandu at 1115 and arrive in Nanchang at 1745.

Meanwhile, according to Airlineroute timetable information, the airline will reduce flights on its Kathmandu – Beijing Daxing route, effective 27 October, from daily to three weekly.  It will serve the route Tuesday, Friday and Sunday departing Kathmandu at 0830 and arriving in Beijing Daxing at 1610

During 2 to 16 November, the flights will reduce to just twice weekly on Tuesday and Friday.

The airline also reported it would resume its Kathmandu – Dubai route, 13 November offering a twice-weekly service on Wednesday and Friday. It stopped the flight at the close of the winter season, 31 March.

The flights will depart from Kathmandu at 2300 and arrive in Dubai at 0240 on the following morning.

Himalaya Airlines operates from  Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was founded in 2014 as a joint venture between Yeti World Investment and Tibet Airlines. It launched operations in May 2016 with a single Airbus A320. The airline’s website shows it flew to six destinations as of April 2019 and currently operates three A320-200s.

It started flights to Yangon in Myanmar, Colombo in Sri Lanka and to Al Maktoum International Airport in the UAE but terminated the routes shortly afterwards. It also stopped flying to Kuala Lumpur but an airline official said it was now very likely that it would resume the service.

According to a report in The Himalayan Times, last week, more of the airline company’s shares will be transferred to the Chinese equity partners.

“Currently, Tibet Airlines has 49% share in the company while Yeti World Investment Pvt Ltd has a 51% share.

However, now the company is preparing to transfer the shares of Tibet Airlines to Tibet Civil Aviation Development and Investment Company,” Himalaya Airlines vice president, Vijay Shrestha, told the THT.

The new Chinese firm will have a 65% share while the Nepali company will hold a 35% share in the company.

Along with the ownership structure, Himalaya Airlines has also changed its brand identity with a new logo. (Source: Airlineroute, THN)