Tibet Airlines to be launched in May

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Lhasa, Apr.15 (ANI): Tibet Airlines Co. Ltd. will be established in May and will be China's first airline based in southwestern Tibet Autonomous Region.

According to Xinhua, Tibet Airlines, with a registered capital of 280 million Yuan (41.2 million U.S. dollars), will be headquartered at Konggar Airport in Tibet's capital, Lhasa, and will provide domestic cargo and passenger services, said Cheng Hui, head of the preparatory team for Tibet Airlines.

The company will have 20 aircraft within the first five years of operation and the airlines fleet will expand in line with market demand, said Cheng. "Our top choices will be Boeing 737 and Airbus A319."

All the planes will be modified to adapt to the plateau environment, and flights will begin in mid 2011, Cheng said.

He said most employees would be recruited locally from Tibet.(ANI)

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