Oman Air, the national carrier for the Sultanate of Oman, is launching three new routes this year to Istanbul, Turkey in June, Casablanca, Morocco in July, and Moscow, Russia in October. While Istanbul and Moscow will be served by Oman Air’s Boeing 737-800, Casablanca will be served by the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (above).
The new flight to Istanbul will launch on June 1. Flight WY163 will depart Muscat daily at 20.00, arriving in Istanbul at 00.25. The return flight WY164 will depart Istanbul each day at 01.25, arriving in Muscat at 07.25. The flight duration is approximately 5 hours and 25 minutes.
The new Casablanca flight will start on July 1 and will be the only nonstop service to Casablanca from Oman. Flight WY171 will depart Muscat four times per week at 01.20, arriving in Casablanca at 07.10. The return flight WY172 will depart Casablanca at 08.20, arriving in Muscat at 19.15. The flight duration is approximately eight hours and 50 minutes, though the return flight from Casablanca will be shorter by approximately an hour.
Moscow will be launched during the Winter Schedule 2018. The direct flight will be operated daily and it will be the only nonstop operation between Oman and Russia.
Oman Air is currently undergoing an exciting fleet and network expansion program, which will see the airline operate up to 62 aircraft to around 60 destinations by 2022.
Copyright Photo: Oman Air Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A40-SY (msn 36045) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 933621.
Oman Air and Boeing celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 737 MAX airplane, one of 30 that Oman Air will operate as it expands its fleet and service.
The 737 MAX is a family of airplanes that incorporate the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays, and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. In Oman Air’s configuration, its MAX 8 airplane will seat 162 passengers.
Oman Air’s commitment to enhancing the inflight experience will be evident in both its business and economy class on board the 737 MAX. The 12 new, specially-designed business class seats will be electrically-controlled offering passengers more privacy with enhanced trim and finishes, whilst the 150 seats in economy will also feature a refreshed interior. While the business class will offer a 17″ Thales Gen V, touch-screen AVANTE monitor, economy will have a similar 10.2″ monitor. In addition, there will be high powered USB port for each passenger regardless of class.
Oman Air ordered 20 MAX airplanes in October 2015 and has since entered into a lease agreement for 10 more of the jets. The new airplanes will grow the Muscat-based carrier’s fleet of 27 737s and seven 787 Dreamliners.
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 4,300 orders to date from 92 customers worldwide. In the Middle East, Boeing currently has a backlog of over 300 737 MAXs with four airlines.
Photo: Boeing. The pictured Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 A40-MA (msn 43294) was handed over on January 31, 2018.
Oman Air (Muscat) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airline ordered six 787-8s in November 2011 as part of its expansion plans. The pictured Boeing 787-8 A40-SA (msn 42378) was handed over to the carrier on October 7, 2015.
Boeing currently has eight 787 customers in the Middle East with a total of 175 Dreamliners ordered and 140 in backlog. Boeing has also been contracted by Oman Air for a suite of services to support the upcoming entry into service of its 787 Dreamliners and to ensure ongoing efficiency and cost savings for its fleet. These services will help Oman Air minimize the time and cost of maintenance while increasing airplane availability.
Oman Air issued this statement:
The state-of-the-art airliner will fly from the Omani capital of Muscat to the southern city of Salalah following its delivery to Oman Air. The flight will be hosted by members of Oman Air’s senior management team, and will carry VIPs, high-ranking government officials, dignitaries from public and private sector organisations, and media representatives. During the one-and-a-half-hour flight each guest will be amongst the first to enjoy Oman Air’s outstanding Dreamliner passenger experience, prior to the aircraft entering scheduled service.
Following the special showcase flight, the Dreamliner will enter service on routes from Muscat to Europe and Saudi Arabia.
Oman Air’s new Dreamliner is one of six currently on order. Following delivery of the first aircraft in October, a second Dreamliner will arrive with the airline in November 2015. A further four deliveries are expected between 2016 and 2018.
Oman Air (Muscat) and Air Lease Corporation (Los Angeles) have announced long term lease agreements for 14 jet aircraft. The lease agreements cover three new Boeing 737-800s, seven new Boeing 737 MAX 8s, and one new Boeing 787-9, all from ALC’s order book with Boeing. This transaction also includes one used Boeing 737-700 (msn 33103) and two used Boeing 737-800 aircraft (msns 33104 and 34242). The deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2015 and continue through to 2019.
Oman Air’s Chief Financial Officer, Japeen Shah, said, “We are very pleased to sign these agreements with Air Lease Corporation. They enable Oman Air to continue its ambitious fleet and network expansion program, and deliver even greater choice and convenience for our customers. Our expansion plan will see Oman Air’s fleet expand to 57 aircraft by 2018, and to 70 aircraft by 2020. This agreement represents a significant step towards achieving our strategic aims. Furthermore, Air Lease Corporation is at the forefront of the aircraft leasing industry and shares Oman Air’s commitment to realising excellence in all aspects of its work. We look forward to a fruitful partnership.”
Oman Air’s increased fleet size is enabling it to offer even more exciting destinations within its global network. Over recent months, new services have been launched to Manila, Jakarta, Goa and Singapore. Further new services will be announced closer to the time of their launch, and are expected to include, amongst others, destinations in Bangladesh and China.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 WL A40-BN (msn 30652) arrives in Dubai.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has announced Oman Air (Muscat) has contracted for a suite of services to support the upcoming entry into service of the airline’s 787 Dreamliners and to ensure ongoing efficiency and cost savings for its fleet.
Boeing will support Oman Air’s 787s with its Component Services (formerly Rotables Exchange) program, Loadable Software Airplane Parts service and Airplane Health Management. Together, these services will help Oman Air minimize the time and cost of maintenance while increasing airplane availability.
With the Component Services program, Oman Air will have access to a Boeing-managed, dedicated pool of high-value, mission-critical parts, enabling the airline to greatly reduce their inventory management costs while improving component availability.
Through the Loadable Software Airplane Parts service, Boeing will handle software configuration and management tasks associated with operating the 787.
Airplane Health Management will allow Oman Air to minimize maintenance delays and schedule disruptions by continuously monitoring airplane performance while the airplane is in flight, notifying ground crews in advance of potential maintenance issues.
Oman Air, the designated carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has six 787s on order.
Boeing Commercial Aviation Services offers the industry’s largest portfolio of services including 24-hour customer support; pilot and crew training; aftermarket parts; airplane maintenance, engineering and modifications; and information services to enable airlines and leasing companies to operate more efficiently.
Oman Air (Muscat) is phasing out its remaining ATR 42s and Embraer ERJ 175s. The four E175s will be gone by the end of this year or early 2016 according to a report by Travel Daily Media which quotes CEO Paul Gregorowitsch.
Oman Air (Muscat) according to Reuters, is adding 20 additional Boeing 737 aircraft as part of an expansion plan that will double its fleet to 70 planes by 2020, quoting CEO Paul Gregorowitsch.
The increase includes current 737s, delivered from 2017, as well as new 737 MAX aircraft that will be delivered starting in 2019. 10 aircraft will be sourced directly from Boeing and the others from leasing companies.
Oman Air currently operates two Boeing 737-700s and 15 Boeing 737-800s.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-81M A40-BD (msn 35287) prepares to land in Dubai.