Himalaya Airlines Airbus A320 9N-ALV performed a successful demonstration flight at the Pokhara International Airport (PIA) on Sunday. For the Inauguration Ceremony of the PIA, Himalaya’s narrow body aircraft had took off from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu at 13:11 PM and landed at PIA at 13:44 PM. With this it has become the first airlines to have landed an Airbus A320-214 in Pokhara.
The aircraft 9N-ALV was welcomed with a water cannon salute as an inaugural gesture. A team Himalaya led by Vijay Shrestha, Vice-President, Administrations and Captain Hao Di, VP, Operations was received by high ranking officials of PIA, the company said in a statement. The aircraft returned to the TIA later in the afternoon on Sunday.
Team Himalaya led by Vijay Shrestha, Vice President, Administrations and Captain Hao Di, Vice President, Operations was received by high ranking officials of PIA. The aircraft then departed at 15:44 hrs. and arrived in Kathmandu at 16:17 hrs.
Vijay Shrestha, Vice-President-Administration, who attended the ceremony has remarked, "Himalaya Airlines committed to the safe and secure growth of the aviation sector, has always stepped forward to support the development of the aviation industry in Nepal. Our Airbus A320 landing in Pokhara International Airport will definitely spread an affirmative message to invite the world to land in the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. Pokhara International Airport coming into operation from today is indeed a great opening for the adventure capital of Nepal to take its tourism to the next level. We believe our contribution thus supports not just the aviation industry but also helps for the overall growth of the tourism sector of Nepal."