In the face of the second surge of the COVID-19 in Nepal, Himalaya Airlines, in line with its CSR commitments, has yet again come forward to support the nation by bringing home 200,000 doses of Vero Cell vaccines donated by the Tibet Autonomous Region Government, PRC.
Himalaya’s Airbus 319-115, 9N-AJK is operating four back-to-back flights to Kunming on June 1 and 2 to transport the vaccines. A total of 200,000 doses of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (Vero Cell) are being carried in 417 boxes for free by Himalaya Airlines. Each flight will ferry a maximum of 105 boxes per flight. The first free cargo flight to Kunming had departed from Kathmandu on May 31 at 20:28 hrs, which returned to Tribhuvan International Airport today at 06:28 hrs. By operating these free flights, Himalaya Airlines has made ac contribution worth $192,000 which is equivalent to Rs 2.25 crores approximately.
Commenting on these philanthropic flights, President of the company, Zhou Enyong has stated, “This is a historic moment for Himalaya and its team, towards supporting the Government of Nepal and the nation, in its fight against the pandemic. We are honoured to operate these flights on humanitarian grounds at this crucial time.”
Himalaya Airlines maintains a very high level of safe operation of flights for both passengers and cargo transport. For the safe transportation of the COVID-19 vaccines, H9 team has fulfilled all requirements for compliance and has followed well planned loading and transportation procedure to enhance the product safety.
Upon arrival of the vaccines, Vice President of the airline, Vijay Shrestha remarked, “This is a small yet important step by Himalaya in the service of the nation during this second surge of COVID-19. Himalaya Airlines will always stand by the people and Government of Nepal in times of crisis.
Since the early stages of the pandemic, Himalaya Airlines has been actively supporting the government and the people. This included direct contribution of Rs 10 million to Government COVID-19 Fund as well as assisting various hospitals like AMDA Hospital, Damak, Jhapa, Crisis Management Centre at Gulmi in Province 5, Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre, National Trauma Centre and Manmohan Memorial Community Hospital in Kathmandu with essential medical equipment and supplies like PCR test machine, portable ventilator, infrared thermometers, PPEs (such as surgical masks, protective boots and face shields, disposable gloves, hand sanitisers) etc, for the frontline health workers.