MIAMI — Lhasa-based Tibet Airlines took delivery of its first widebody, an Airbus A330-200, with increased 242 tonne maximum takeoff weight (MTOW). This A330 variant is the first ever delivered to a Chinese carrier.

The aircraft is configured in a three-class cabin layout (12 business, 32 premium economy, 235 economy) and deployed to open up new international routes.

“We are extremely excited to receive our first widebody airliner – an enhanced A330 from Airbus and are very confident at 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 more passengers from all over the world to flying with Tibet Airlines and visiting Tibet,” said Bai Weisan, president of Tibet Airlines.

Tibet Airlines currently operates an all-Airbus fleet comprising of 14 A319s and 2 A320s. The airline is famous for its high-altitude operations with its operating base at Lhasa Airport which is at over 3,500 meters altitude. The A330 with increased MTOW will allow the Chinese carrier to perform optimal high-altitude operations.

Earlier this month, Tibet Airlines embarked into its first international venture, with three weekly flights from its operating hub Chengdu, in southwest China’s Sichuan province, to Koh Samui in Thailand.