Xian MA-60 transport aircraft (photo : clubchina)
Royal Cambodian Air Force-XAIC MA60 Aircraft Hand-over Ceremony
On May 18, Xi'an Aircraft Industry (Group) Company Limited (XAC) delivered two Modern Ark 60 (MA60) aircraft to the Royal Cambodian Air Force. This is the first MA60 exportation to Cambodia.
Chau Phirun, General Director of Materiel and Techniques of the Ministry of National Defense of Cambodia, Soeung Samyang, Commander of the Royal Cambodian Air Force, Kong Mony, Deputy Commander of the Royal Cambodian Air Force as well as the related officials from Xi'an Aircraft International Corporation (XAIC) attended the delivery ceremony.
General Chau Phirun addressed at the ceremony that, the bilateral cooperation has been successful and fruitful while the friendship between China and Cambodia has been strengthened. He hoped Cambodia will better operate the MA60s under XAC's help and the aircraft will better serve the Royal Cambodian Air Force.
Jiang Jianjun, General Manager of XAIC, said at the ceremony that, a profound friendship has been established during the first cooperation between Cambodia and China in the civil aviation field while further cooperation is also promising. He was looking forward to seeing MA60's advantages such as comfort, reliability and fuel efficiency being further proved and demonstrated during the operation in Cambodia. He hoped that MA60 will boost more comprehensive cooperation between Cambodia and China in the fields such as the civil aircraft products and services as well as build an efficient, economical and convenient air bridge for the trade communications and economic developments of Cambodia. Meanwhile, Jiang promised that the plane maker will continuously provide high quality aircraft and considerate customer services.
On Feb 18, 2012, the Ministry of National Defense of Cambodia placed a formal order for two MA60 aircraft from XAC. The course arrangement for the Cambodian trainee pilots having training at XAC, the aircraft coating, the cabin configuration as well as the avionics data have been confirmed gradually after thorough coordination. In addition, all XAC departments accomplished necessary delivery preliminaries on schedule through close collaboration and active preparation.