Kathmandu : Nepalese Carrier Himalaya Airlines, formerly known as Tibet Airlines, received delivery of its first Airbus A319 on March 2 at the airline’s base Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital.
The new aircraft was officially delivered to Tibet Airlines in June 2019 but never entered service. According to reports, the aircraft was still painted in the livery of Lhasa-based Tibet Airlines.
Once it is repainted in the red, white and blue livery of Himalaya Airlines it will enter service reinforcing the mountain airline’s operations in China.
“The just-arrived aircraft will not only be able to fly to high altitude destinations like Lhasa and Ali in Tibet but will also allow Himalaya Airlines to increase its flight frequencies and serve more passengers efficiently,” the airline said in a statement.
Himalaya Airlines also operates three A320-200s. The all-Airbus airline is expected to take delivery of a further two A319s by the end of the year, after which three more A319s are expected in a deal done with the Tibet Civil Aviation Development and Investment Co.
Currently, Himalaya Airlines flies to Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Chongqing, Dammam, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.
However, the airline has suspended its services to Doha until further notice following the decision made by the government of Qatar to restrict entry of Nepali citizens among 14 other countries over coronavirus concerns.