Himalaya Airlines (H9, Kathmandu) has taken delivery of its maiden A319-100 following the delivery of 9N-AJK (msn 9020) on March 2, 2020.

The new-build jet was ferried directly from the Airbus assembly plant at Tianjin in China to Kathmandu, Flightradar24 ADS-B data shows. Local media reports indicate it still features the livery of Tibet Airlines (TV, Lhasa). However, once repainted, it will be used to reinforce service to Chinese destinations.

“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,” it said.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, Himalaya Airlines also operates three A320-200s. It is expecting a further two A319s by the end of the year. An additional three are expected after that as part of an investment by the Tibet Civil Aviation Development and Investment Co. (TCADICO).