Aviation Corp. of China (AVIC) subsidiary Joy Air has launched Cambodia Bayon Airlines to tap the fast-growing Cambodian market and help boost the sale of its regional MA60 turboprops.

Bayon Airlines signed a firm order for 20 MA60s at the announcement ceremony. The new venture has secured approval from Cambodia’s Prime Minister and has applied to regulators for an air operator’s certificate. It is scheduled to launch at the end of the year.

Bayon Airlines plans to introduce two MA60s this year and expand its fleet to 20 MA60s and 10 Airbus A320s in the next five years. It is expected to initially open Phnom Penh-Siem Reap and Siem Reap-Sihanouk services and more international routes to Vietnam, Laos and Thailand later on.

AVIC has received more than 270 orders for MA60 aircraft from domestic and international carriers; nearly 100 aircraft have been delivered.