Cambodian start-up KC International Airlines has received its air operator’s certificate, setting the stage for the commencement of services.

The carrier made the announcement on its website one month after received its first, and so far only aircraft, an Airbus A320 registered XU-127.

A recent report in a local news outlet, the Khmer Times, indicates that the carrier will initially fly domestically, before starting international services.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that XU-127 (MSN 2529) was delivered new to Austrian carrier Niki in 2005, where it served for 12 years, including a lease to Small Planet Airlines. Niki sold it to an undisclosed bank/broker/lessor in June 2018.

The carrier was established in Phnom Penh with $100 million in launch capital as a joint venture between Cambodian and Chinese investors.

According to initial plans, the carrier will offer scheduled services between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap to markets in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Source: Cirium Dashboard