Lhasa based Tibet Airlines has received its first widebody aircraft, an A330-200 with increased 242 tonne maximum take-off-weight, following a handover in Toulouse, France. The increased MTOW, the first A330-200 in China, allows airlines to operate from the most demanding high altitude airports where take off performance, additional range and improved operating costs are key.
Small group adventure tour operator G Adventures has welcomed the relaxation of restrictions for travel to Tibet this year. Michael Edwards, managing director, G Adventures argued previous government policies regarding nationalities made it logistically difficult to confirm travellers on Tibetan tours.
The exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, has announced plans to step down from his political role. The announcement was made during a speech marking the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan people’s peaceful uprising of 1959 against communist China’s repression in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.