Himalaya Airlines

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Himalaya Airlines
Logo of Himalaya Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
H9[1] HIM[1] HIMALAYA[2]
Founded 19 August 2014
Commenced operations 31 May 2016
Hubs Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)
Fleet size 3
Destinations 5
Headquarters Gairidhara, Kathmandu, Nepal[3]
Key people
  • Ang Tshiring Sherpa, chairman
  • Zhao Guo Quiang, president
Website www.himalaya-airlines.com

Himalaya Airlines (Nepali: हिमालय एअरलाइन्स्, Himālaya earalāins) is a Nepalese airline operating from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Himalaya Airlines was founded in 2014 as a joint venture between Yeti World Investment and Tibet Airlines. It is the second attempt of Yeti Airlines Group to launch an international airline based in Nepal, following the collapse of Fly Yeti in 2008. It launched operations in May 2016 with a single Airbus A320. The airline flies to five destinations as of July 2018.

A Himalaya Airlines Airbus A320 taxiing at Finkenwerder Airport in Germany


Initially,[when?] Tibet Airlines and the Himalaya Infrastructure Fund had stakes in the airline alongside Yeti World Investment, an affiliate of Yeti Airlines Group.[4]

In order to obtain its air operator's certificate, Himalaya Airlines leased aircraft from Yeti Airlines and conducted its first proving flights in February 2015.[4] Launch plans were delayed by the April 2015 Nepal earthquake.[5] The airline inducted its first aircraft, an Airbus A320, on March 9 2016.[6] Himalaya Airlines launched operations on May 31 2016 with flights between Kathmandu and Doha.[7] Flights from Kathmandu to Colombo started in October, marking the resumption of scheduled flights between Nepal and Sri Lanka after 28 years but suspended the flights.[8]

In 2016, Himalaya Airlines served as the governmental aircraft of Nepal, when Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli used Himalaya's services on his inaugural visit to China. This was the first time that the head of the Nepalese Government did not use one of Himalaya's main rival Nepal Airlines' aircraft.[9]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Tibet Airlines holds a 49% stake in Himalaya Airlines, while Yeti World Investment (an affiliate of Yeti Airlines Group) owns the remaining 51%.[10] The airline is headquartered in Gairidhara, Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.[11] Ang Tshiring Sherpa is the chairman, while Zhao Guo Qiang serves as president of the company.[12]


Himalaya Airlines flies to the following destinations as of July, 2018.[13]

Seasonal/Temporarily suspended
Terminated route
Country City IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur KUL WMKK Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Myanmar Yangon RGN VYYY Yangon International Airport
Nepal Kathmandu KTM VNKT Tribhuvan International Airport
Qatar Doha DOH OTHH Hamad International Airport
Saudi Arabia Dammam DMM OEDF King Fahd International Airport [14]
Sri Lanka Colombo CMB VCBI Bandaranaike International Airport
United Arab Emirates Dubai DXB OMDB Dubai International Airport [15]
DWC OMDW Al Maktoum International Airport [15]


As of July 2018, Himalaya Airlines operates the following aircraft:[16][17]

Himalaya Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 3 8 150 158
Total 3


  1. ^ a b "Himalaya Airlines". ch-aviation. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "7340.2F with Change 1 and Change 2 and Change 3" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 15 September 2016. p. 3-1-51. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Himalaya Airlines. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Himalaya conducts 'proving' flight". The Kathmandu Post. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Himalaya Airlines plans to start ops by March-end". The Kathmandu Post. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Himalaya Airlines takes delivery of first aircraft". The Kathmandu Post. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "China-Nepal JV airline to start daily Kathmandu-Doha flight". Xinhua News Agency. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Himalaya Airlines begins Kathmandu-Colombo flight". The Himalayan Times. 1 October 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "PM to fly to China with Himalaya". The Kathmandu Post. Retrieved 1 March 2018. 
  10. ^ Rai, Om (2016). "A Himalayan mess". Nepali Times. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Corporate office address". Himalaya Airlines. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "About Us". Himalaya Airlines. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  13. ^ http://www.himalaya-airlines.com/destinations
  14. ^ "Himalaya Airlines' Festival Bonanza: Daily direct flight from Kathmandu to Dammam". Himalaya Airlines. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "Himalaya Airlines to shift its base station in Dubai from DWC to DXB Dubai International Airport". Aviation Nepal. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  16. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 22. 
  17. ^ "Himalaya Airlines gets third A320". The Kathmandu Post. 31 March 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 

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