Sunday, March 31, 2019

Himalaya Airlines extends its network to Abu Dhabi

Himalaya Airlines – an international air carrier – is starting thrice-weekly flights from the hub in Kathmandu to a thriving and bustling city, Abu Dhabi. The new service is a part of the airline’s commitment to boost the connectivity of Nepal with Middle-East countries, reads a press note issued by the company.
The inaugural flight H9 567 departed from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at 21:30 hours (local time) and touched down at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) at 00:53 hours (local time) carrying a total of 148 passengers. The return flight from Abu Dhabi H9 568 departed at 02:31+ 1 (local time) on April 1, 2019 and landed at TIA at 08:41 hrs (local time) carrying a total of 150 passengers. Himalaya Airlines has appointed Fishtail Travel and Tourism as their GSA for UAE.
The new flights will operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday with Airbus A320-214 narrow body aircraft, configured with 8-seat in Premium Economy Class and 150 in Economy Class. The flight schedule has been timed evenly throughout the week to provide a mix of weekend, short stay and business travel options.
“We are excited to launch the direct flights between Abu Dhabi and Kathmandu," said vice president of administration at the airlines Vijay Shrestha.
There is a strong demand from both markets for a direct operation on the route, and we have responded to this increasing customer requirement.Commercial and cultural links between the UAE and Nepal are flourishing and Himalaya is honoured to play a pivotal role in facilitating and enhancing the growth of trade and tourism between the two countries, he said, adding that the airlines hopes the new connectivity will further boost traffic from the UAE. "Himalaya Airlines is on the verge of completing its third year of successful commercial operations soon and we are pleased to add Abu Dhabi into H9 network."
Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city of the UAE, which focuses on oil exports and commerce.
Established in August 2014, a Nepal-China joint venture Himalaya Airlines is a private airline of Nepal providing international air services. Currently, Himalaya Airlines network consists of four destinations, Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai and Dammam adding Abu Dhabi as the fifth one. The airline owns 3 Airbus A320-214 series of narrow-body aircraft with the configuration of 8 Premium Economy class and 150 Economy class seats. The airline plans to focus on China connectivity by adding up Beijing to its destination network and eventually extending to other cities like Nanchang, Wuhan, Changsha, and Nanning.

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