Tibet Airlines celebrated a significant milestone when it took delivery of its maiden widebody jet, an Airbus A330.
Airbus handed over the 242 tonne maximum take-off weight (MOTW) variant to the Lhasa-based carrier at Toulouse last week. Lhasa Airport is at an altitude in excess of 11,485 ft (3,500m) and the increased MTOW provides the airline with the performance to operate in this demanding environment.
The jet, which is registered B-8420 (c/n 1730), is configured in a three-class layout with 12 seats in business, 32 in premium economy and 235 in economy.
Bai Weisan, President of Tibet Airlines said: “We are extremely excited to receive our first widebody airliner – an enhanced A330 from Airbus and are very confident of its high-altitude performance. The A330 Family will become our core widebody to be deployed on our new international routes thanks to its flexibility, comfort and efficiency. With the A330, we are looking forward to more passengers from all over the world flying with Tibet Airlines and visiting Tibet.”
Eric Chen, President of Airbus China said: “We congratulate Tibet Airlines on receiving its first A330 and we express our gratitude for the confidence demonstrated in our leading A330. With an operating base at high altitude Lhasa Airport and routes covering all of Tibet’s civil airports, the airline already benefits from the unrivalled performance of Airbus single-aisle aircraft. We are proud the A330 is Tibet Airline’s backbone for international route expansion.”
The A330 will ply its trade on flights from Lhasa to Chengdu and Beijing.