Wednesday, July 27, 2011

China launches Tibet Airlines

Posted by- Neelam Mathews
July 2011

Tibet Airlines, the only carrier based in Lhasa, has started operations with a direct flight connecting Beijing and Lhasa.

State-owned Tibet Investment Co. holds 51 percent of the carrier established in May 2010 while two companies – Tibet Sanli Investment Company and Tibet Ruiyi Investment Company, own 39 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

Presently TAC has one Airbus A319 with plans to add  20 by 2015. The systems have been modified to supply oxygen for 55 minutes, compared with the usual time of 22 minutes for aircraft that don't serve the plateau region, Tao Wenge, spokesmanof Airbus China Ltd, said.

TAC plans to offer four services a day connecting Lhasa, Ngari and Chengdu, in Sichuan province. Each flight will take about two hours. 

Tibet Airlines plans to start flights to Europe by 2015 or 2016.

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