Airbus A220-300 plane demo tour arrives in Phnom Penh

PHNOM PENH ( The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - Airbus SE has expressed interest in selling its A220 family of jet airliners on the Cambodian aviation market as the number of foreign tourists and Cambodians flying continues to rise.

Airbus SE has expressed interest in selling its A220 family of jet
airliners on the Cambodian aviation market as the number of foreign
tourists and Cambodians flying continues to rise.

The firm is currently showcasing its A220-300 airliner in a
demonstration tour across the Asia-Pacific region. The aircraft is
capable of carrying 130-160 passengers and flying 6,300km non-stop.

At a press conference on its tour at Phnom Penh International Airport
on Thursday, senior product marketing analyst Connor Buott said the
Kingdom’s aviation market is small but has high potential due to its
strategic geographical location between the Middle East, Japan and
Australia.

“Airbus has not received any orders from airlines in Cambodia so far,
but we expect to have some after the demonstration,” he said.

In Cambodia, there are currently 27 Airbus aircraft in
operation – none of which are the A220 – by six domestic companies –
Bassaka Air Ltd, Cambodia Airways Co Ltd, Cambodia Angkor Air, JC
(Cambodia) International Airlines Co Ltd, Lanmei Airlines Co Ltd and Sky
Angkor Airlines Inc.

Airbus predicts that the Kingdom’s air freight market will see robust
growth, while passenger transportation grows more than seven per cent
per annum over the next 20 years.

Cambodia has 830 international flights and 153 domestic flights per
week. Forty-nine airlines operate flights to 86 destinations in 12
countries. This is a significant increase from the past four-to-five
years, September data from the Ministry of Tourism shows.

During the first eight months of this year, 4.3 million tourists
visited Cambodia, an increase of 10.4 per cent over the same period last
year. Foreign arrivals by air numbered 3.1 million, up 16.6 per cent
year-on-year, the ministry’s data said.

As of September 30, there are currently 90 Airbus A220 airliners in
operation by seven major companies including SWISS, AirBaltic, Korean
Air, Delta Air Lines, Air Tanzania and EgyptAir. Meanwhile, 22 major
airlines have ordered an additional 525, data from Airbus shows.

Buott said the firm forecasts that air travel volume in the Asia-Pacific region will increase nearly 2.3 times by 2037.

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