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First Cambodia Airlines Grounded  
User currently offlineCxoneworld From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 315 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 3371 times:

First Cambodia Airlines today confirmed that it had ceased operation as the airline battles to survive in what it claims a "fierce competition".

The airline operates a single A320-200, and had previously served CAN, SIN and KUL. It is own by the Cambodian Prime Minister's daughter and a consortium of investors from China and Hong Kong.

The airline maintains that the suspension will only be temporary, and that the company was looking for leasing another aircraft at a more "affordable" rate in order to stay more cost competitive while it later on resumes flights.

http://asia.news.yahoo.com/040817/ap/d84gqr0o0.html


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User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 3289 times:

Thats new, their aircraft is in Seletar Airport now undergoing maintenance.


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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3173 times:

I see two options for First Cambodia Airlines

1. another Cambodian airline disappearing
2. Operating an older aircraft type such as a 732 (and than we might still go to option 2)

I wonder why there are so many airlines going bust in Cambodia. I'm just thinking of a few, such as Royal Air Cambodge, Mekong Airlines etc.



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User currently offlineShankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1541 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3132 times:

Swissgabe,

Cambodia is an enormously difficult market to do any business venture from, let alone run an airline.

I think perhaps the biggest problem is that tourism fills most of the seats and given Cambodia is "on the trail" rather than a major destination in it's own right, Vietnam Airlines and others clearly have an advantage in being able to capture the in/out tourist run.



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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3100 times:

I have once read, that a company needs to fill out something like 42 forms if they want to import goods. I wonder how many you have to fill out to operate an airline. If not mistaken, it goes for Cambodia as well, that there are only airlines where the main shareholder is the government and they normally do 51/49 joint-venture with other companies. Exception seems to be Lao Airlines and Myanma Airways which are fully government owned (guess VN as well).


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User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2225 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3060 times:
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Sorry Gents, but you Cambodia experts are what I'm looking for and I need a history lesson.

I flew Royal Air Cambodge in 1960/61 on DC3/C47s and always wondered about the history of that carrier. Did they go bust more than once? Fleets? Ownership.

All this was before the Khmer Rouge took over but they certainly were around in one form or another and I assume an airline bringing in outsiders was the last thing they wanted. I'd love some info or sources if anyone can supply them.

Thanks



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User currently offlineAirAmericaC46 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 590 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3038 times:

M404,

The only thing I know about Royal Air Cambodge (RC) is that it flourished in the early 70s and was operating Caravelle jets from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap to Manila, Canton, HKG, BKK, SIN and Denpasar. Domestic flights to Siem Reap operated with Caravelle jets, DC6B, DC6 and DC4. After the communist take-over, it ceased opeartions. The current Royal Air Cambodge (VJ) is a different entity.


User currently offlineSQ452 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3023 times:

All I can say is...

A) Cambodia is a lovely lovely country, if you're in the area, GO AND VISIT! (particularly Siem Reap)
B) I love the livery of their's
C) I hate seeing startups go bust  Sad



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4753 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3016 times:

The current Royal Air Cambodge (VJ) is a different entity.

I don't even think that RAC is even existing now is it? Hmm.... I was wondering why were the flights on S7 cancelled last week when I was at the airport?



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User currently offlineCXoneWorld From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2927 times:

I wonder which of the following Cambodian carriers are actually still up there and flying??

President Airlines??


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Siem Reap Airways??


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Royal Khmer Airlines??


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Royal Phnom Penh Airways??


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