Tibet Airlines Finalizes Order for 50 COMAC Aircraft – Airways | Airlines

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China’s Tibet Airlines (TV) has finalized an order for 40 COMAC C919 and 10 ARJ21 jets, designed specifically for operation in the challenging high-altitude environments of the Tibetan Plateau. Announced at this year’s Singapore Airshow, this order makes TV the launch customer for a brand new variant of the C919 under development by COMAC, China’s state-owned aircraft manufacturer.

This agreement comes just months after the carrier and COMAC signed a cooperation agreement in December 2023 to jointly research and develop a shortened C919 variant optimized for high-altitude airports. This new aircraft, expected to seat between 140 and 160 passengers, will address the unique demands of operating at thin air density at elevated altitudes.

Signing ceremony between COMAC and Tibet Airlines during the Singapore Airshow. Photo: Edgar Su/REUTERS

Boosting Connectivity and Regional Growth

This latest agreement between COMAC and TV marks a significant step forward in connecting the Tibetan Plateau with the rest of China and beyond. The new C919 variant, tailored for high-altitude performance, will enable more efficient and comfortable air travel within the region, facilitating tourism, economic development, and cultural exchange.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Liu Gang, president of Tibet Airlines, highlighted the deal’s importance: “The introduction of these new high-altitude-capable aircraft will significantly enhance our regional connectivity and contribute to the economic and social development of Tibet. We are proud to partner with COMAC in this pioneering project.”

A Milestone for China’s Aviation Industry

This deal also underscores the growing strength and ambition of China’s aviation industry. COMAC’s successful development of the C919, combined with its collaboration with Tibet Airlines on a specialized variant, demonstrates China’s…

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