In November 2005, there was a minor accident at Ratanakiri Airport, when a plane arriving from Phnom Penh hit the side of the runway and ground looped, which caused the right hand main landing gear to collapse. The Y-7-100C aircraft was operated by PMT Air and leased from Royal Phnom Penh Airways. There were 59 passengers and 6 crew aboard at the time of the crash, but there were no fatalities.
In the wake of this incident, and the more serious crash of PMTair Flight 241 in Kampot in July, PMT Air ceased regular commercial flights to Ratanakiri. Since then, no commercial flights to Ban Lung are available and only chartered and private flights use the airport. The airline was dissolved in 2008.
One of the Aeroplanes
Cambodia Angkor Air is the national flag carrier airline of Cambodia, headquartered in Phnom Penh. It commenced operations on 28 July 2009. The airline is owned by the Cambodian Government (51%) and Vietnam Airlines (49%), the latter allowing for codeshare flights codeshare flights.
Cambodia Angkor Air was founded on 27 July 2009, replacing national airline Royal Air Cambodge, which had gone bankrupt in 2001, concentrating on serving tourist routes within Cambodia, most notably catering for visitors of Angkor Wat..
Cambodia Angkor Air's aircraft are supplied from Vietnam Airlines and are on loan, Cambodia Angkor Air does not purchase their aircrafts, the aircrafts are currently operated for/with Vietnam Airlines.
As of September 2010, the Cambodia Angkor Air fleet consists of the following leased aircrafts with an average age of 2.2 years, which are all operated on behalf of Vietnam Airlines.
Cambodia Angkor Air serves the following destinations.
Phnom Penh – Phnom Penh International Airport
Siem Reap – Angkor International Airport
Sihanoukville – Sihanoukville International Airport