Chinese carrier Tibet Airlines is set to launch a brand new route serving the cities of Helsinki in Finland, and Jinan in China. While Chinese carrier Juneyao Airlines had said they would fly to the Finnish capital city, they have yet to announce a date for services to commence. As such, Simple Flying has learned that unless things change, Tibet Airlines will become the first Chinese carrier to fly directly to Finland. This is as Tibet have a firm date for the commencement of services. The route, which launches in April, will be served by A330 aircraft twice a week.
Who Is Tibet Airlines?
Tibet Airlines is a subsidiary of Air China. The airline was founded in 2010 and currently flies to 24 destinations. According to AirFleets.net, the airline has a fleet of 31 aircraft. This comprises 20 A319s and 6 A320s. Additionally, the airline has 5 A330s, the type that will fly to Helsinki. The airline’s first route was from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to Ngari Gunsa Airport. While the airline received approval in 2010, the first flight wasn’t until 26th July 2011. It then took another 5 years before Tibet made their first international flight. In July 2016, the airline’s first international flight took off for Thailand.
Tibet Airline’s Helsinki Service is set to launch on April 8th. The flight will operate twice a week on Monday and Thursday. Additionally, there will be both Business and Economy seats available on the flight. Jinan, the Chinese origin of the flight is the capital of China’s Shandong province. It has approximately 7 million residents. With the addition of the new Tibet Airlines service, in the summer at least 44 flights will depart Helsinki each week bound for China. In fact, last year 835000 passengers flew between the Finnish capital and China on direct flights.
According to Paavo Virkkunen from Visit Finland: “the commencement of direct Tibet Airlines flights from Jinan to Helsinki is a significant addition to travel directed from China to Finland. There have previously been no direct connections from Jinan or the rest of Shandong to Finland. The new route also opens up new opportunities for Finnish travellers in Shandong.” In fact, with the new route, even more of China’s population will be able to easily reach Finland, as direct flights will operate from Jinan, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, and Hong Kong.
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