Photo: Cessna Citation XLS at world’s highest airport

Cessna XLS in Tibet
Cessna XLS in Tibet second photo

Talk about flying high! Here are some photos of the Cessna Citation XLS at Tibet’s Qamdo Bangda Airport, the world’s highest airport at 14,219ft (4,334m). What a view the pilots must have had.

These were taken while the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) conducted tests at the airport to certify the aircraft for operations at up to 15,000ft. This increased the type’s certification from 14,000ft to 15,000ft, allowing all Citation XLS/XLS+ aircraft operating in China to be certified for operation from airports at this higher altitude. The CAAC is Cessna’s largest Chinese Citation operator.

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