Tibet Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedMarch 2010; 13 years ago (2010-03)
Commenced operations26 July 2011; 12 years ago (2011-07-26)
Fleet size39
HeadquartersLhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region
Key peopleLiu Yanping, General Manager

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


Tibet Airlines was approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China in March 2010.[1] It originally ordered three Airbus A319 airliners,[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

The first international flight of Tibet Airlines was launched on 1 July 2016, connecting Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and Samui Airport in Thailand.[5] 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.[6]

On 8 January 2019, Finnish airport operator Finavia announced that Tibet Airlines will open a new route between Jinan, Shandong Province and Helsinki, Finland in April 2019. The route is to be operated twice weekly with Airbus A330 equipment.[7]

Corporate affairs

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


Country (State/Province) City Airport Notes Refs
China Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport
China (Sichuan) Chengdu Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Hub
China Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
China (Qinghai) Golmud Golmud Airport
China (Guizhou) Guiyang Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
China (Hainan) Haikou Haikou Meilan International Airport Terminated
China (Zhejiang) Hangzhou Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
China (Yunnan) Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport
China (Gansu) Lanzhou Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport
China (Tibet) Lhasa Lhasa Gonggar Airport Hub
China (Sichuan) Mianyang Mianyang Nanjiao Airport
China (Jiangsu) Nanjing Nanjing Lukou International Airport
China (Tibet) Nyingchi Nyingchi Mainling Airport
China (Tibet) Qamdo Qamdo Bangda Airport
China (Hainan) Sanya Sanya Phoenix International Airport [11]
China Shanghai Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
China (Guangdong) Shenzhen Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
China (Tibet) Shigatse Shigatse Peace Airport
China (Tibet) Shiquanhe Ngari Gunsa Airport
China (Shanxi) Taiyuan Taiyuan Wusu International Airport
China Tianjin Tianjin Binhai International Airport
China (Hubei) Wuhan Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
China (Fujian) Xiamen Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
China (Qinghai) Xining Xining Caojiabao International Airport
China (Sichuan) Yibin Yibin Caiba Airport
China (Ningxia) Yinchuan Yinchuan Hedong International Airport
China (Qinghai) Yushu City Yushu Batang Airport
China (Henan) Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport Terminated
Finland Helsinki Helsinki Airport Terminated
Nepal Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport [12]
Russia (Krasnodar Krai) Sochi Sochi International Airport Terminated [11]
Thailand (Surat Thani) Ko Samui Samui Airport Terminated [13]


Tibet Airlines Airbus A319
Tibet Airlines Airbus A330

As of September 2023, Tibet Airlines operates the following aircraft:[14][15]

Tibet Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C W Y Total
Airbus A319-100 27 8 120 128
Airbus A319neo 6 1 8 120 128
Airbus A320-200 6 8 150 158
Airbus A330-200 5[16] 12 32 235 279[17]
Total 43 1

Incidents and accidents


  1. ^ "Tibet Airlines to take off next year: state media". The Independent. London. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Start-up Tibet Airlines to take three A319s". Flight Global. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Tibet Airlines to start routes to Europe". People's Daily Online. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Tibet Airlines keen to start operations in India". The Times of India. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Tibet Airlines Schedules International Debut in July 2016". Routes Online. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Tibet Airlines confirms its long-haul debut at World Routes". Routes Online. 25 September 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  7. ^ "New long distance route to Asia: Tibet Airlines will commence flights from Jinan, China, to Helsinki Airport in the spring 2019 | Finavia".
  8. ^ a b 联系我们. Tibet Airlines. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 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. ^ a b Elliott, Mark (3 August 2016). "Tibet Airlines plans first European flights". Travel Daily Media. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. 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 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 11.
  15. ^ "Tibet Airlines Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 29 January 2023. Retrieved 29 January 2023.
  16. ^ 西藏航空第二架空客A330飞机 顺利抵达拉萨. CARNOC.COM. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Tibet Airlines Takes Delivery of Brand New A330 Aircraft". chinaaviationdaily.com. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  18. ^ Sarkar, Himani (12 May 2022). "Chinese airliner veers off runway on take-off in Chongqing, causes fire -state media". Reuters. Retrieved 12 May 2022.