R oyal Air Cambodge (RAC) has been given permission to fly to two destinations in
China - Kunming and Guanzhou province - from September.
RAC has also
scored a Memorandum of Understanding for direct flights to Paris from
"The Chinese national carrier Air China has approved our request
but they need to talk with their government," RAC vice-chairman Pan Chantra
said. Government approval is considered a formality, he said.
the Cambodian national carrier had a similar agreement with China in 1963,
flying to four destinations, "but now we will begin with two
He said the company had chosen the two provinces because
of the many Chinese investors and tourists from those areas that presently
travel to Cambodia via Hong Kong or Singapore.
Those passengers prefered
directs flights rather than transits, he said. Two Boeing 737-400s, which can
carry 168 passengers, would be used.
Flights would be three times weekly.
No fare price had yet been set, Chantra said.
Chantra said RAC would
probably launch direct flights to Paris on January, 1996 if agreement was
granted by France.
"We are in negotiation. We haven't received any fomal
answer yet but we have a Memorandum of Understanding," he said.
said direct flights from France would be an emormous boost, given the numbers of
French tourists and Khmer emmigrants who want to visit Cambodia.
plans to use Boeing 767s on the French route, able to carry 200
RAC currently flies to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala
Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City. A Cambodian-Indonesia link is also planned, Chantra