An Air China A319 successfully completed a Required Navigation Performance validation flight at Ali in China's Tibetan Autonomous Region, Airbus said. The high-altitude airport is expected to be opened officially for operations "soon," the manufacturer noted, adding that "CAAC has decided that the A319 will be the first aircraft to fly to and from" the facility. At an elevation of 4,274 m. (14,022 ft.), Ali will become one of the highest airports in the world ...

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