Tibet Airlines becomes latest Chinese carrier to enter Europe

Tibet Airlines Helsinki

Tibet Airlines launched its first-ever intercontinental service on 8 April, the day it inaugurated a weekly (Mondays) service between Jinan and Helsinki. The carrier will operate the route using A330-200s.

Tibet Airlines Helsinki

At the other end of the route, a ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted to officially open Tibet Airlines’ new service to Helsinki, with it becoming the Finnish airport’s first Chinese operator. Pictured cutting the ribbon are: Bai Weisan, President, Tibet Airlines; Ritva Viljanen, Mayor, City of Vantaa; and Kimmo Mäki, CEO, Finavia.

  • Tibet Airlines has become the latest Chinese carrier to touch down in Europe, with it also becoming the first airline from the country to serve Finland. On 8 April, the carrier commenced a weekly (Mondays) service on a 6,627-kilometre sector between Jinan (TNA) and Helsinki (HEL). From 9 May, a second weekly (Thursdays) rotation will be added to the schedule according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. “Tibet Airlines is looking forward to maintaining a mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation concept with Finavia and Helsinki Airport, plus carry out q more extensive and in-depth comprehensive cooperation in the future,” said Bai Weisan, President, Tibet Airlines. “Tibet Airlines is the first Chinese airline commencing flights to Finland and we see prosperous business opportunities for Chinese and Finnish businesses and unforeseen experiences for the Chinese and Finnish travellers,” added Kimmo Mäki, CEO, Finavia. The airline will operate the city pair using its A330-200s, with no other carrier presently connecting the two cities. With this market entry, Tibet Airlines breaks the Finnair monopoly between Finland and China, with the oneworld member offering flights to Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai Pudong and XI’an from Helsinki. A second Chinese airline will enter the Helsinki market later this year, with Juneyao Airlines planning to begin services to the Finnish capital from Shanghai Pudong.


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