Nepal’s Himalaya Airlines and Huawei Cloud, a Chinese multinational technology company, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) earlier this week for strategic cooperation to promote smart aviation, the airlines said.
Under the MoU, Himalaya, a Nepal-China joint venture international airline and Huawei will cooperate in information and communication technologies represented by Huawei Cloud and AI (Artificial Intelligence), in order to achieve mutual benefits and common development, the Himalaya Airlines said in a press statement.
As per the agreement, Huawei will help Himalaya in building the cloud platform for the company’s sales and finance system, setting up a business intelligent system, and pushing ahead the upgrading and renovation of existing information and communication technology equipment.
According to the Himalaya, the cooperation agreement will pave the way for the airlines to get competitive products and services to enable it to provide its passengers with better ticketing options and travel experience.
“The agreement is expected to promote the construction of smart aviation and trans-Himalaya multi-dimensional connectivity to achieve more substantial results, opening up opportunities for Himalaya to be a leading airline in South Asia,” the airlines said.
According to the statement, Zhou Enyong, president of Himalaya Airlines said he believed the cooperation with Huawei would speed up the digital transformation and informatization of the company, optimize the ticketing and travelling experience for customers, and would contribute to the overall development of the entire civil aviation industry of Nepal.
Zhou Danjin, president of Huawei technology Cloud & AI business group of Asia Pacific Region said they would take this opportunity to employ Himalaya Airlines’ expertise in aviation field together with their strength in technology to push ahead the process of “intelligentization” through digital transformation for Himalaya and improve its competitiveness to realize the business potential.
Himalaya which was established in Nepal in 2014 has seen a speedy growth over the last six years as it increased its fleet from one to four and increased flights to 10 destinations from one.
Before international flights disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Himalaya was flying from Kathmandu to Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Doha, Dhaka, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Guiyang, Changsha, Shenzhen and Chongqing.