Phnom Penh (FN), Sept. 20 – An Airbus A320 aircraft landed smoothly at Phnom Penh International Airport at 10:33 a.m on 19 September, 2019. With the aircraft passing through the water salute at 10:40 a.m, the unique Angkor Wat logo and the tail with white cloud of Cambodia Airways came into view.

Cambodia Airways welcomes its first brand new Airbus A320 aircraft into its fleet to cope with the expansion programme, making altogether four aircrafts in service.

Having completed its assembly and testing in the headquarters of Airbus Group SE in France with the registration number XU-761, the aircraft departed from Toulouse – Blagnac Airport at local time 11:30 a.m on 17 September. After a brief stop at Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport for a few hours, the aircraft smoothly landed at Phnom Penh International Airport at 10:33 a.m on 19 September.

To ensure a successful delivery of the Airbus 320, which is wholly owned by Cambodia Airways, the company sent its staff, flight crews, and delegates to travel to Toulouse, representing the company to be the first indigenous Cambodia airlines company ever to receive this new aircraft at the place in which it is manufactured. The delegates eventually accomplished the delivery mission by our own pilots. State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) attached great importance to this mission, and supported it with his valuable supervision throughout the whole delivery process.

To welcome the arrival of the new aircraft, Cambodia Airways launched a special grand ceremony in Phnom Penh International Airport. The management team and related staff of Cambodia Airways awaited the aircraft at the airport at 10:00 a.m, and prepared to welcome.

Upon arrival of the new aircraft and the delegates walked down from the stairway, staff presented flowers to the flight crew members, and took group photos to record this significant moment.

According to the religious tradition of Cambodia, Cambodian Airways also invited a highly respected Cambodian monk to hold a blessing ceremony for the new aircraft.
Before the arrival of the new aircraft, Cambodia Airways has been operating with three Airbus A319s, serving many Cambodian domestic and international destinations including Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Macau, Bangkok, Fuzhou, etc. The fleet is now expanded to 4 aircrafts with the addition of this new Airbus A320. This enables Cambodia Airways to facilitate global tourism and trade opportunities in the years to come.

With more aircrafts into the fleet, Cambodia Airways commits to shape a hub-and-spoke network of routes with Phnom Penh as its central hub, covering both China and ASEAN; and connecting to Northeast Asia, Europe, and North America. The connection aims to enhance cultural exchanges between Cambodians and people from other countries, and building a bridge between Cambodia and the rest of the world.