Dhaka: Nepal's Himalaya Airlines and the Chinese multinational technology company Huawei Cloud signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) earlier this week for strategic cooperation to promote smart aviation.
Under the MoU, Himalaya 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 airline said in a 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 airline said.
Zhou Enyong, President of Himalaya Airlines said that he believed the cooperation with Huawei would speed up the digital transformation and informatisation of the company, optimise 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 and AI business group of Asia Pacific Region said that 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 "intelligentisation" through digital transformation for Himalaya and improve its competitiveness to realise the business potential.
Himalaya, established 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 COVID-19 disrupted international flight operations, the airline was flying from Kathmandu to Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Doha, Dhaka, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Guiyang, Changsha, Shenzhen and Chongqing.