Himalaya Airlines operated a diplomatic charter flight to Qingdao, China

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access_time 11 Aug 2022

Kathmandu / Upon request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Himalaya Airlines was honored to operate a special diplomatic charter flight to Qingdao (Tsingtao), China on Aug 09, 2022, for the official visit of Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Narayan Khadka.  Himalaya’s Airbus 319, 9N AJK with the flight no. H9 7220 departed from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at 23.07 hrs (local time) yesterday carrying eleven-member delegation of MOFA officials and landed at Qingdao Liuting International Airport (IATA: TAO, ICAO: ZSQD) at 07.55 hrs (local time) today.

The delegation after the two-day official visit to Qingdao, will return on Aug 11, 2022 via flight H9 7221 departing at 15.00 hrs (local time) and is expected to arrive Kathmandu at 16.50 hrs (local time) on Aug 11, 2022.

With the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, air travel between Nepal & China had come to a standstill with various travel restrictions imposed by both the countries. However, with pandemic under control and normalcy regained, Himalaya started its scheduled operation to Kunming, China with weekly one flight from 31st May 2022.

Since there is no direct scheduled flight to Qingdao from Kathmandu, the airlines operated this special charter flight obtaining all the necessary permissions.

 Himalaya Airlines (H9) a Nepal – China joint venture was established in 2014, with two core objectives; to promote people to people contact of Nepal with the other countries and to promote Nepal’s trade and tourism.

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

Within a short span of seven years of establishment, H9 acquired 4 aircraft in its fleet; three Airbus 320-214 configured with 180 all-economy seats and one Airbus 319-115 with 144 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 whereas cargo flights exclusively to & from 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) confirming Himalaya Airlines’ competency in providing Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering services in line with the Airline’s vision of offering highest possible standards in every area of its operation.

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.”  The achievement demonstrates the team’s dedication to high performance work practices and a confirmation of the airlines’ ongoing commitment to quality.                                                    

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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