Royal Khmer Airlines

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Royal Khmer Airlines
IATA
RK
ICAO
RKH
Callsign
KHMER AIR
Founded 2000
Commenced operations 2004
Ceased operations 2007
Operating bases Phnom Penh International Airport
Headquarters Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Website royalkhmerairlines.com
A Royal Khmer Airlines Boeing 737-200 at Phnom Penh International Airport (2004).

Royal Khmer Airlines was a small airline based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It operated scheduled passenger services out of Phnom Penh International Airport and Angkor International Airport.[1]

History[edit]

Royal Khmer Airlines was founded in 2000 and originally planned to launch revenue flights in 2001, which did not materialize, though. In October 2003, Asia Aircraft Services from Malaysia opted to buy the airline and use its operating permit to launch services.[1]

Finally, Royal Khmer Airlines acquired an aging Boeing 737-200, which was put in service on 15 May 2004, and subsequently started scheduled passenger operations.[2] These services proved to be unreliable and during much of 2005, the airline was inoperative.[3]

In March 2006, Royal Khmer Airlines came under criticism from the South Korean Ministry of Construction and Transportation due to substandard safety measures, including inoperative emergency exits, outdated guidebooks, and its aircraft having loaded engine oil together with passengers baggage without proper safety measures.[4] In November 2011, the airline was shut down.[2]

Destinations[edit]

Royal Khmer Airlines published its last flight timetable in late 2006, which listed the following scheduled destinations:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Flight International 12–18 April 2005
  2. ^ a b Royal Khmer Airlines fleet list at airfleets.net
  3. ^ BBC News 6 February 2006
  4. ^ Aviation Safety Network 7 March 2006 — «South Korea concerned over low cost airlines»
  5. ^ Royal Khmer Airlines timetable (November 10, 2006 to March 24, 2007)

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