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The Royal Group
& Seaplane Asia
Launch Joint Venture

On June 9th, 2023, Seaplane Asia Limited of Hong Kong and the Royal Group of Cambodia signed a Joint Venture agreement to begin launching seaplane operations in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

By forming Royal Group Samra Seaplane, the two companies expressed their mutual intent to build sustainable seaplane operations in the Kingdom of Cambodia that are designed to enhance air access as well as interconnectivity for residents, businesses and visitors. Further, the seaplane service will enhance the current tourist offer and experience.

This collaboration marks a significant milestone in Cambodia's aviation industry, introducing the country's first premium seaplane service. Royal Group Samra Seaplane aims to set new standards for high-quality and scalable seaplane transportation and lifestyle services, catering to a wide range of needs beyond tourism.

Cambodia's breathtaking rivers, lakes, and coastal regions make it an ideal destination for  amphibious seaplane transportation, offering guests an opportunity to experience awe-inspiring aerial views while seamlessly connecting various destinations across the country. Samra Seaplane will transform transportation in Cambodia, providing unmatched convenience, luxury, and connectivity.

Combining the experience, resources, and expertise of The Royal Group and Seaplane Asia, Royal Group Samra Seaplane is poised to revolutionise travel and enhance accessibility in Cambodia. The Royal Group Cambodia brings its deep understanding of the local market, a strong network, and a successful track record of transformative ventures. Seaplane Asia offers its expertise in seaplane services across the region, technical and operational know-how, and access to a fleet of amphibious Cessna Grand Caravans.

"We are proud to join forces with Seaplane Asia and introduce Royal Group Samra Seaplane, the first premium seaplane service in Cambodia," stated Neak Oknha Kith Meng, Chairman of The Royal Group. "This joint venture represents our commitment to driving innovation and improving transportation options for both locals and tourists in Cambodia. With Royal Group Samra Seaplane, we aim to create an extraordinary and unforgettable travel experience, seamlessly connecting Cambodia's stunning landscapes in ways never seen before."

Mr. Dennis Keller, CEO of Seaplane Asia Limited, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, saying, "Cambodia possesses tremendous potential for amphibious seaplane operations, given its extraordinary natural beauty and growing economy as well as tourism industry. We could not have picked a better partner with The Royal Group Cambodia, a highly reputable and forward-thinking company, to introduce our premium seaplane service in the Kingdom. Together, we will write a new chapter in the Cambodian aviation and transportation sectors and unlock unparalleled travel and lifestyle opportunities."

While tourism is at the heart of the business model, Samra Seaplane aims to also address critical needs across various sectors. The seaplane service will enhance accessibility to remote regions, islands, and tourist destinations, unlocking economic potential and driving infrastructure development, trade, and local business growth. Additionally, the seaplane service may play a contributing role in emergency medical services, facilitating swift and efficient medical evacuations to enhance healthcare infrastructure.

Furthermore, the aircrafts’ accessibility and versatility may enable it to support monitoring activities such as environmental conservation, natural resource management, and wildlife protection. It can also serve as a valuable asset in search and rescue operations, providing swift response and effective coverage during emergencies and disaster situations.

"Samra Seaplane aspires to be more than just a premium tourist service. We envision a comprehensive transportation solution that addresses various needs and contributes to the overall development of Cambodia," emphasized Captain Lionel Vincent Mougel, COO of Seaplane Asia. "By harnessing the capabilities of seaplanes, we can create positive impacts in sectors such as healthcare, logistics, and emergency services, ultimately improving the lives of the Cambodian people."

The joint venture between The Royal Group and Seaplane Asia brings together their collective strengths and expertise to establish Royal Group Samra Seaplane as a trusted partner for versatile and reliable transportation services in Cambodia. The venture is committed to maintaining the highest safety standards, regulatory compliance, and sustainable practices, collaborating closely with all relevant stakeholders.

The Royal Group

The Royal Group is Cambodia’s strategic investment holding company, recognised as the country’s most dynamic and diversified business conglomerate. With interests in a wide range of industries including telecommunication, transport, energy, media & entertainment, banking & financing, insurance, hotels & resorts, education, property development, trading and agriculture. 

The company is a strategic investment gateway to Cambodia with a history of successful, market-leading partnerships with investors in a diverse range of industries, and offers overwhelming investment potential in one of the first truly free-market economies in the Mekong Region of Asia.

Seaplane Asia

Seaplane Asia Ltd, established in 2019, builds seaplane services in new markets through a standardized model including SOPs, a modular business model, and proven methods in market exploration, testing, licensing procedures and go-to-market. Its operating entities, such as Siam Seaplane Thailand, are led by executives from the aerospace and hospitality industry, as well business and technology, joined by a Board of Advisors comprising former airline founders, resort owners, and accomplished business executives — from around the world.

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