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Tibet Airlines in for the long haul
Tibet Airlines in for the long haul
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| Jean-Baptiste Héguy

Tibet Airlines in for the long haul

Tibet Airlines plans to extend its route network beyond the 23 destinations it currently serves in China. A variety of international routes are reportedly under consideration.

At present, the carrier operates an all-Airbus fleet of 14 A319s and one A320 — all in the conventional ceo version. It will soon take delivery of an A330, which will initially be introduced on flights to Chengdu and Shanghai. The A330 will reportedly be used for new international services scheduled for 2017, with Southeast Asia and Europe mentioned as possible destinations.

Tibet Airlines was created in 2010 and has been a subsidiary of Air China since 2011, when the latter acquired a 31% stake. It is based is Gongga Airport, Lhasa, one of the world’s highest airports at an altitude of 12,000 feet.

Tibet Airlines owns 49% of new carrier Himalaya Airlines, which celebrated its inaugural flight from Katmandu to Colombo, Sri Lanka on 12th April. The airline, which eventually plans to serve Delhi and Doha, currently operates one A320 and plans to buy 15 more in the coming years.

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