Tibet Airlines

Tibet Airlines
Xīzàng Hángkōng
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2010
Hubs Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Lhasa Gonggar Airport[1]
Fleet size 24
Destinations 24
Parent company Air China
Headquarters Lhasa, Tibet, China
Key people Liu Yanping, General Manager
Website http://www.tibetairlines.com.cn

Tibet Airlines (Chinese: 西藏航空; pinyin: XīzàngHángkōng; Tibetan: བོད་ལྗོངས་མཁའ་འགྲུལ།, Wylie: bod ljongs mkha' 'grul ) is an airline with its corporate headquarters and registered office in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, and operates scheduled domestic flights out of Lhasa Gonggar Airport.


Tibet Airlines was approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China in March 2010.[2] It originally ordered three Airbus A319 airliners,[3] receiving its first aircraft on 2 July 2011.

The airline commenced its inaugural route from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to Ngari Gunsa Airport on 26 July 2011 and began flights to Beijing and Shanghai later that year. The airline also announced plans to start direct flights to Europe by 2016.[4] In February 2011, the Times of India reported that the airline was interested in starting operations in India and other countries in South and South East Asia.[5]

The first international flight of Tibet Airlines was launched on 1 July 2016, connecting Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and Samui Airport in Thailand.[6] In September 2016, the airline confirmed that they had received permission to launch service to the Black Sea resort of Sochi from Sanya via Chengdu, starting in 2017.[7]

Corporate affairs

The airline has its head office and its registered office in the Lhasa Economic and Technological Development Zone (S:拉萨市经济技术开发区, T: 拉薩市經濟技術開發區, P: Lāsà Shì Jīngjì Jìshù Kāifāqū),[8] in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China.[9][10] It also has an office in Chengdu.[8]


Country City Airport Notes Refs
 ChinaBeijingBeijing Capital International Airport
 ChinaChengduChengdu Shuangliu International AirportHub
 ChinaChongqingChongqing Jiangbei International Airport
 ChinaGolmudGolmud Airport
 ChinaGuiyangGuiyang Longdongbao International Airport
 ChinaHaikouHaikou Meilan International AirportTerminated
 ChinaHangzhouHangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
 ChinaKunmingKunming Changshui International Airport
 ChinaLanzhouLanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport
 ChinaLhasaLhasa Gonggar AirportHub
 ChinaMianyangMianyang Nanjiao Airport
 ChinaNanjingNanjing Lukou International Airport
 ChinaNyingchiNyingchi Mainling Airport
 ChinaQamdoQamdo Bangda Airport
 ChinaSanyaSanya Phoenix International Airport[11]
 ChinaShanghaiShanghai Hongqiao International Airport
 ChinaShenzhenShenzhen Bao'an International Airport
 ChinaShigatseShigatse Peace Airport
 ChinaShiquanheNgari Gunsa Airport
 ChinaTaiyuanTaiyuan Wusu International Airport
 ChinaTianjinTianjin Binhai International Airport
 ChinaWuhanWuhan Tianhe International Airport
 ChinaXiamenXiamen Gaoqi International Airport
 ChinaXiningXining Caojiabao International Airport
 ChinaYibinYibin Caiba Airport
 ChinaYinchuanYinchuan Hedong International Airport
 ChinaYushu CityYushu Batang Airport
 ChinaZhengzhouZhengzhou Xinzheng International AirportTerminated
   NepalKathmanduTribhuvan International Airport[12]
 RussiaSochiSochi International Airport[11]
 ThailandKo SamuiSamui Airport[13]


As of August 2017, the Tibet Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[14]

Tibet Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C W Y Total
Airbus A319-100 18 8 120 128
Airbus A320-200 6 8 150 158
Airbus A330-200 5[15] 12 32 235 279[16]
Total 29


  1. "Hainan Airlines set to establish Chengdu base". ch-aviation. 22 January 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  2. "Tibet Airlines to take off next year: state media". The Independent. London. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  3. "Start-up Tibet Airlines to take three A319s". Flight Global. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  4. "Tibet Airlines to start routes to Europe". People's Daily Online. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  5. "Tibet Airlines keen to start operations in India". The Times Of India. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  6. "Tibet Airlines Schedules International Debut in July 2016". Routes Online. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  7. "Tibet Airlines confirms its long-haul debut at World Routes". Routes Online. 25 September 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  8. 1 2 "联系我们." (Archive) Tibet Airlines. Retrieved on 17 October 2012. "注册地址: 西藏自治区拉萨市经济技术开发区阳光新城A2-2-2-1(邮编:851400)" and "成都保障区:成都双流国际机场股份有限公司综合保障区(西区)7栋3楼(邮编:610202)"
  9. "Tibet Airlines to be launched in May; first flights due mid 2011". People's Daily Online. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  10. "Tibet Airlines will launch its operations with the A319". Airbus. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  11. 1 2 Elliott, Mark (3 August 2016). "Tibet Airlines plans first European flights". Travel Daily Media. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  12. "Tibet Airlines adds Nepal service from March 2017". Airlineroute. 6 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  13. "Tibet Airlines adds international routes from Xi'An from late-Aug 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  14. "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 12.
  15. "西藏航空第二架空客A330飞机 顺利抵达拉萨". 民航资源网 CARNOC.COM. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  16. "Tibet Airlines Takes Delivery of Brand New A330 Aircraft". www.chinaaviationdaily.com. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
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