Cambodia’s new airline prepares to launch

JC International Airlines will be based at Phnom Penh International Airport
JC International Airlines will be based at Phnom Penh International Airport

A new Chinese-backed Cambodian airline is set to launch next month.

The Phnom Penh Post reports that JC International Airlines expects to take delivery of its first aircraft in the coming weeks, ahead of the start of commercial operations from Phnom Penh in February 2017. The carrier has acquired two Airbus A320s from airberlin.

Part-owned by China’s Yunnan Jingcheng Group, which also operates Kunming-based Ruili Airlines, JC International Airlines is planning to serve domestic and international routes to countries including Malaysia, Singapore and China.

Cambodia was without an airline for several years until the launch of Cambodia Angkor Air in 2009. Since then a further four airlines have started operating in the country, including Apsara International Air, Bassaka Air, Cambodia Bayon Airlines and Sky Angkor Airlines.

As such, JC International Airlines will become Cambodia’s sixth commercial airline.

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