SF Airlines given approval for Tibet freighter services

SF Airlines has been given approval to start regular freighter services into Lhasa Gongga Airport in Tibet, according to Chinese media outlet Xinhua.

Shenzhen-based SF Airlines reportedly plans to open a regular air cargo route from Chengdu to Lhasa with Boeing 757-200Fs. No exact scheduling details have been provided.

The carrier operated a test service in January when it announced plans to run a service and said at the time the freight route “will promote SF’s industrial advantages of utilising its own aviation capacity and e-commerce platforms to establish vertical service channels and regional service networks for agricultural products”.

And SF added it further promote the economic and trade cooperation between Tibet and other domestic regions, as well as serve the development of agriculture in Tibet.

SF Airlines, is the aviation division of express freight firm SF Express, has 44 freighters, China’s largest air cargo fleet.

Lhasa Gongga Airport is at an altitude of 3,600 meters which provides challenges to aircraft operators complicated due to changeable weather, meaning some modifications to aircraft are required.