Lanmei extends reach in China

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PHNOM PENH, 20 April 2018: Lanmei Airlines, Cambodia’s start-up airline owned by Chinese investors, will launch flights to two new destinations in China, 15 May.

Using Airbus A321 aircraft, the airline will launch a service to Changsha from Siem Reap, the town closest to the World Heritage Angkor Wat.

A second service will be launched from the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh to Guangzhou in China (formerly Canton).

The daily flight on the Phnom Penh-Guangzhou route is bookable for late May with the airline quoting a roundtrip fare of USD170, or USD106 one-way.

However, booking the Siem Reap-Changsha service also in late May prompted a message saying the flight was not available.

That could mean the service is essentially a charter, pre-sold to tour operators in China with no free-sales direct to passengers through the airline’s website.

According to AirlineRoute’s timetable information the three weekly flights, effective 15 May, will depart Siem Reap on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1945 (Saturday) and 2000 on the other two days.

The Phnom Penh – Guangzhou daily flight will depart at 2220 and arrive in Guangzhou at 0220 on the following day.

The airline launched its first commercial service mid-September 2917 from Phnom Penh to Hanoi in Vietnam.

That was followed by a Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh City service and a service to Macau.

The airline also introduced a Siem Reap- Shijiazhuang (SJW) route in China 2 April, this year, served by A320s three times a week.

In a recent move to improve sales, the airline signed a distribution agreement with Sabre that will give travel agents worldwide access to its fares and flights.

Lanmei Airlines (Cambodia) was founded in Phnom Penh in 2016. The name short for Lancang-Mekong River.  The Mekong River is called Lancang in China, but on its journey to the sea passing through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam it is known as the Mekong.

According to the airline’s website its distinctive logo represents a “peacock spreading its tail. The six feather of the wings-like logo represents the six Greater Mekong River countries that are touched by the Mekong River.

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