Established in 2014, Bassaka Air Limited is a passenger airline with its main hub located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Bassaka Air operates an airline business that transports passengers and goods via Phnom Penh to destinations around Asia.
Vision, Value and Mission
- Our vision is to be internationally recognized as a world class airline in the market that we serve today and in the future.
- Our mission is to provide our guests with an engaging and memorable experience at each point of their journey. Their experience will be supported by our focus on safety, service and operational excellence.
- Our values set the standard for passenger satisfaction and define our culture:
As Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Bassaka Air, Mr. Arun Kumar Singh is responsible for running all facets of the business. Mr. Singh has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience in the aviation industry. Prior to joining Bassaka Air, Mr. Singh was a Director at Volar Jets offering commercial consulting to airlines, leasing companies and startup airlines. In the past, he has held positions of Chief Operating Officer at Cosmos Aviation, General Manager – Special Projects at Kingfisher Airlines and Senior Analyst with Jet Airways.
Mr. Harold Stoddard is Senior Director of Quality Assurance, Safety, and Security for Bassaka Air. He is an aviation enthusiast holding both FAA Aircraft Engineer and Commercial Pilot Licenses. He brings broad experience in all aspects of aviation operations, maintenance, quality, and safety to Bassaka Air. Harold has extensive experience with risk management, business strategies and developing integrated policies / procedures for AOC, AMO, and CAMO initiatives across North America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
Mr. Hamelink is the Chief Financial Officer at Bassaka Air. He brings with him, international management experience, knowledge of strategic & financial analysis, turnaround management, aircraft finance and lease deals and international investments in Aviation. Mr. Hamelink earned significant experiences from various well-known companies. He has held the position of CFO for KLM Cityhopper, Mandala Airlines and Lonrho Aviation as well as the General Manager position for Eastern Africa at Air France KLM group. Before joining Bassaka Air he was working as a CEO for Aigle Azur and Senior Advisor at HNA Aviation. He earned an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Chin “Victor” Kim Yoon is Director- Flight Operations and Chief Pilot for Bassaka Air. Victor earned his instructorship for A320 and CRM in 2012 and has amassed over 21 years of experience piloting multiple aircraft types. Victor became Chief Pilot for Bassaka Air in 2015 and Director of Flight Operations in 2017. He is responsible for the overall conduct of Bassaka Air pilots and to ensure that all policies, procedures, and qualifications are being satisfied.
Mr. Derwin Sandoval is the head of Engineering and Maintenance for Bassaka Air. He is responsible for the overall continuous airworthiness of Bassaka Air’s fleet. His skills include: Airframe, Powerplant, Avionics, Operations Management, Aircraft Systems, Aircraft Maintenance, Aircraft Lease and Acquisition, and Asset Management. Derwin is an engineering professional with type ratings on A320 Family, A330 and A340 Aircraft Maintenance Engineering focused in Operations, Engineering and Maintenance. Prior to joining Bassaka Air, he was the head of engineering, technical consultant, maintenance manager and engine run up instructor of various airline companies.
Mr. William Lim heads the Ground Operations Department at Bassaka Air. He has been with the company since its inception in 2014 and is a part of the launch team. He is responsible for overall strategic start-up of airport operations. The key focus of ground operations is on 3 primary areas – Ramp Safety, Aviation General Security and Customer Service. Other responsibilities include striving for Customer Service Excellence for Bassaka Air passengers from airport check-in until embarkation, as well as for extending Customer Service Excellence to Bassaka Air passengers upon arrival to all our destinations. Prior to joining Bassaka Air Mr. Lim also held various key positions for airport operations in the Far East.
Mr. Un Rithy is the Director of Security and Government Affairs for Bassaka Air. He has been with the company since January 25th, 2015. He is responsible for overseeing all correspondence related with any Government Organization in the Kingdom of Cambodia. On top of his current position, Un Rithy also became a First Officer for Bassaka Air on October 2nd, 2017.
Mr. Rodante “Inaki” Ponio enjoyes his role of Director – Commercial Services at Bassaka Air. Inaki is responsible for all commercial activities with a key focus on Sales, Business Development, Marketing, and Revenue Management. Other responsibilities include Ticketing and Reservations, Charter Business, and E-Commerce. Inaki has numerous years of sales experience in the aviation industry which benefit Bassaka Air on a daily basis. Inaki began his career at PAL Express in 2004 as a Customer Service agent and Sales agent. He subsequently joined the Passenger Sales division in 2006 and was appointed as head of cargo sales in 2009. He then moved to Philippine Airlines in 2012 as Cluster Head for Cargo.
Mr. Arturo Tolentino heads the Cabin Crew & In-flight Services team at Bassaka Air and joined our team in 2014. His portfolio of responsibilities include providing Bassaka Air passengers a delightful customer service experience, maintaining high standards of customer service and ensuring safety standards. Prior to joining Bassaka Air Mr. Arturo had an extensive eighteen years background experience working for international airlines. Namely, Cebu Pacific Air, Viva Macau Airlines and Mega Maldives Airlines. In his early Cabin Crew career, he was given a chance to be exposed to different facets of Cabin Crew operation such as crew rostering, crew training, in-flight service, and catering & sales.
Ms. Nuon Chanthou is Senior Manager of the Human Resources & Corporate Services team at Bassaka Air. She has extensive experience in Human Resources Management with a demonstrated history of working in aviation, hospitality, and the business consulting industry. She is also skilled in Negotiation, Policy & Procedure Making, Strategic Human Resource Management, Start-up Human Resource, Training, Compliance, Budgeting, Business Planning, and Operations Management.
Ms. Leng Sunsafari is the Manager of Legal Services for Bassaka Air Limited. She holds Master of Law from the Lumière Lyon 2 University, France. She has extensive legal experiences for many years. She has various experience as a lecturer, namely by Royal University of Law and Economic Science (RULE), Shimoni Reachea University and Royal Academy of police. Also, as trainer for lawyer’s students at the Lawyers Training Centre. She further worked as Advisor for local & international Law Firms for many years. Her legal practice areas focus on Dispute Resolution, Corporate, Commercial & Investment, Intellectual Property and Labor & Employment.
Ms. Muytheng Kang is the Manager of the Finance team at Bassaka Air. She has been with us since Feburary 2015. Prior to joining Bassaka Air, she was working for the Big 4 audit firm. She has extensive experience in multiple areas of Finance, including, budgeting, financial analysis and reporting, develop cost and revenue management, statutory reporting, tax and legal compliance, and financial auditing in various industries.
Bassaka Air cabin crew share a passion for ensuring our passengers have a pleasant experience onboard our aircraft. Furthermore, our crew are trained at recognized institutes in the region. Such as, Asia Aviation Training Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, Flight Training Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, IATA, as well as the Airbus Training Centre.
The Bassaka Air fleet comprises the successful, modern Airbus A320 family aircraft. The airline is committed to operating a modern, fuel-efficient fleet and has further aircraft deliveries planned from 2018 onwards.
- Letter of intent submitted to state secretariat of Civil Aviation (Cambodia Civil Aviation)
- Proving flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
- Awarding of Air Operator Certificate (AOC)
- First Domestic Commercial Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
- First International Commercial Flight from Phnom Penh to Macau (MCSAR), China
- First Charter flight to Changsha Huanghua International Airport
- First Charter flight to Xi’an Xianyang International Airport
- Civil Aviation Administration of China Audit conducted
- Operating permit approved for three years
- Approval of CCAR 129 to operate Commercial schedules into China
- Approval of CCAR 129 to operate Commercial schedules into China
- Successfully launched new passenger routes to China
- Bassaka Air obtains Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development –UK / Finalist 2017 for Best People Management Initiative & World HRD Congress 2017 Winner for Best Employee Brand
- Began scheduled flights to Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport