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I flew Cambodia Angkor Air’s busiest route, the domestic hop between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, on an ATR72. The airlines does five or six returns a day between the main two tourism sites in the country and, oddly, our lunchtime flight was the only one not fully booked on our day or travel. Indeed, there were only about 25 passengers on board, virtually all foreigners on business or vacation.
We arrived in good time at Phnom Penh’s modern and well equipped airport, checked in at empty desks and headed to the domestic departure area. There was no queue at Security and we went upstairs where a smart giftshop and modern cafe with outstanding coffee awaited us. The flight was called about five minutes before departure and we walked across the apron to the aircraft. Cambodia Angkor Air is 49% owned by Vietnam Airlines and the ATR is one of VN’s older aircraft, repainted in bright purples and yellow. But the interior of the craft was fine and clean.
We were seated in two aisle seats in Row 8 and, thus, were able to discuss our forthcoming meetings in relative comfort on the flight. We pushed back immediately we were fully loaded and, after a short taxi, were airborne into a hazy 38 degrees. Service was offered with warm smiles and, in tangible terms, consisted of water and a filled croissant – very palatable for a 40 minute hop.
We landed on time, deplanned and were bussed to the domestic terminal. Luggage followed soon after and our hotel car was waiting to take us into the city. All in all, a pleasent experience for a journey of this kind.
For the return two days later, the experience was very similar. Siem Reap’s airport is small but modern, with good airside facilities. Boarding was on time and the service was similar to the outbound.
All in all, a good and friendly servoce by a new and emerging Asian airline.