October 2, 2022, Sunday
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Himalaya Airlines committed to economic prosperity and social responsibility

The Nepal Weekly
August 9, 2022

Himalaya Airlines, is always keen in working with stakeholders so as to help navigate the future growth of a safe and sustainable air transport industry and since its initial years of establishment, H9 has been actively engaged in CSR undertakings. Outlining its various CSR initiatives of 2020-2021, the airlines released its CSR Report for the pandemic years during a Press Meet held at Hotel Radisson on Aug 03, 2022. The Himalaya Airlines has, outlining its various social responsibility initiatives of 2020 – 2021, released its CSR Report for the pandemic years during a press meet in Kathmandu on August 3, 2022. “Over the past few years, Himalaya has gradually developed a holistic approach towards the betterment of the society, continuing to support the nation in many ways aligning with its core CSR objectives: Economic Prosperity, Environmental Sustainability and Societal Responsibility,” reads the press release issued by Ujjwala Dali, Head of Branding department and Rajesh Prasad Shrestha, head of Department, Maintenance and Engineering. This was the first report published by the airlines that details H9’s approach and progress on these contributions.

Dali and Shrestha jointly released the company report amidst the gathering of national and international media fraternity. A synopsis video highlighting H9’s CSR engagements was also present on the occasion.

“Past two years have been challenging as COVID-19 pandemic disrupted people’s lives and overturned businesses and economies worldwide. During these challenging times pushing all boundaries and limitations, not only did Himalaya try its best to survive but also kept its commitment for the betterment of the society and has been able to make significant contributions in all possible ways,” remarked Ms. Dali while releasing the report.

“ Overall growth and social welfare are two key facets of our business to which we consistently commit ourselves for securing a growth-oriented future trajectory of our business.” “With the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, recognizing that CSR role has become more critical than ever Himalaya strode frontward contributing Rs. one million to Government COVID-19 Fund, operating cargo flights for COVID-19 essential medical supplies, bringing back stranded passengers from various countries, donating medical supplies to various hospitals etc,” she said

Company’s CSR activities got more focused in 2021 when H9 stepped forward to stand firmly with the Government of Nepal and operated four free cargo flights worth Rs.2.25 Crores for bringing in 200000 doses of Vero cell vaccines at the critical hour, according to the press release.

The airlines also has Prayas Nepal, a non-government organization under its CSR banner for the past five years and has been making significant contribution annually for the underprivileged children pursuing its “Step Towards Education” program helping the children to realize their dreams, pointed out Dali. The CSR Report provides an overview of H9’s performance and company’s CSR highlights with respect to five key areas: Contribution to Economic Prosperity, Environmental Sustainability, Societal Responsibility, Operational highlights, and Quality Management System.

Himalaya Airlines (H9) a Nepal – China joint venture was established in 2014, with two core objectives; to promote people to people contact of Nepal with other countries and to promote Nepal’s trade and tourism. H9 is the joint alliance between Tibet Aviation Development & Investment Company Ltd. (TADIC) from Tibet Autonomous Region of The People’s Republic of China and Yeti World Investment Pvt. Ltd. of Kathmandu, Nepal.

Within a short span of seven years of establishment, H9 acquired 4 aircraft in its fleet; three Airbus 320-214 configured with 180 all-economy seats and one Airbus 319-115 with 144 economy seats. H9 is currently operating passenger flights to prominent countries of Middle East & South Asia: UAE, Malaysia, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bangladesh whereas cargo flights exclusively to & from China. In the first year of commercial operations, H9 received the international award for “Leading New International Airlines in South Asia” at South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2017. In August 2020, Himalaya Airlines secured its first ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management Systems (QMS) confirming Himalaya Airlines’ competency in providing Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering services in line with the Airline’s vision of offering highest possible standards in every area of its operation.