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Oman Air announces new codeshare agreement with Lufthansa

Oman Air Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A40-SZ (msn 36046) ZRH (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 934398.

Oman Air, the National carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, is continuing its expansion across Europe by extending its codeshare agreement with Lufthansa.

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Under the expanded code share agreement, passengers can now travel on Oman Air flights from Muscat International Airport and connect to Madrid, Brussels, Vienna and Prague from Lufthansa’s Frankfurt and Munich hubs.

Lufthansa will continue to codeshare with Oman Air on Oman Air-operated services from both Frankfurt and Munich to Muscat vice versa, allowing their guests to experience the hospitality and service of Oman Air. Oman Air guests will be spoilt for choice as they will be able to fly onwards to Brussels Airport (BRU), Vienna International Airport (VIE), Vaclav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) and Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) in Europe. Both Oman Air and Lufthansa offer outstanding choice for customers and the new codeshare between the two airlines will maximise the travel opportunities offered to passengers through their extensive networks.

Oman Air guests can book flights via the Oman Air website to and from Madrid, Brussels, Vienna and Prague from Muscat International Airport, connecting through Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) or Munich Airport (MUC). To ensure guests have a seamless travel experience, passengers will be able to check in their baggage, and receive boarding passes for the final destination.

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In other news, the airline has announced the sporting event Ironman 70.3 will be held in the Sultanate of Oman, supported by the Ministry of Tourism (MoT).

The triathlon competition will be held in the capital city of Muscat, which will create a perfect backdrop for Ironman 70.3, offering guests an opportunity to visit Muscat and enjoy the hospitality of the city and the people of Oman. In the run up to the Ironman 70.3, Oman will also host its first ever 5i50 triathlon on November 18.

It is with pride that Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman will be supporting the event as the Official Carrier. Through this event thousands of athletes and spectators are expected to flock to Muscat. Oman Air offers up to 200 flights per day into Muscat which will ensure an easy and seamless access to all those that are participating in the event. Additionally Oman air will offer free bike carriage to the guests that will participate in Ironman event. For those guests that require accommodation and transfer services in addition to the air ticket, Oman Air Holidays has some great packages on offer.

The race is supported by the Oman Ministry of Tourism and the athletes and spectators will be able to enjoy the amazing sceneries surrounding the capital city of Muscat while cheering or completing a 1.9km (1.2-mile) swim, 90.1km (56-mile) bike ride and 21.1km (13.1-mile) run. The Arabian seas provide for a non-wetsuit swim, which will be held in the calm, clear waters beside the attractive suburb of Shatti Al Qurum in downtown Muscat. The cycling route will also take place across the beach area, where bikers will take a route through all of Muscat’s main attractions including the Royal Opera House, the Muscat Gate, Al Bustan Palace and Al Wadi Al Kabir Road, in addition to 18 November Expressway. The winners will qualify for the International Ironman Championship to be held in Nice, France in 2019.

In addition to meetings and incentives, events are growing in stature as well as frequencies as Oman is developing into a world-class event hosting destination. In its commitment to promote the growing demand for international meetings, incentive, conferencing and exhibition events (MICE), Oman Air has a dedicated team to tailor-make a package of products and services to suit the particular requirements of any planned event in the Sultanate.

The Ironman 70.3 race is organised by the Ironman Foundation in collaboration with Wanda Sports and Triathlon Middle East. In preparation, the Sultanate will also host the first Triathlon 5i50 in November 2018 where the racers will have to swim 1.5 km, bike 40 km and run 10 km.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Oman Air): Oman Air Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A40-SZ (msn 36046) ZRH (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 934398.

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Oman Air to open a new route to Casablanca

Oman Air Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A40-SZ (msn 36046) FRA (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 942569.

Oman Air will commence its new route from Muscat to the Moroccan city of Casablanca as of July 1, 2018. The national carrier of the sultanate of Oman is looking into further expanding its fleet and destination network as the airline continues to grow its operations out of its hub in Muscat.

The new route comes after Oman Air’s most recent service inaugurated to Istanbul on June 1 and ahead of its winter launch to Moscow planned to take place in October 2018.

The service to Casablanca will be operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and will depart from Muscat four times per week flying to Mohammed V International Airport. With a flight time of 8 hours and 50 minutes, Flight WY171 will depart Muscat on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 01.20, arriving in Casablanca at 07.10. The return flight WY172 will depart Casablanca at 08.20 on a Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving in Muscat International Airport’s new, award-winning passenger terminal at 19.15; a return flight duration of 7 hours and 50 minutes.

Oman Air flights will operate from the newly opened passenger terminal at the Muscat International Airport offering Oman Air guests a thoroughly enhanced service. The new passenger terminal building has already won the 2018 World Travel Award’s Middle East’s leading new tourism development project for this year.

Oman Air is proud to be operating up to 200 flights per day from the new state-of-the-art new terminal. The airline also flies to 9 destinations in the GCC states, 11 in India, and 7 in Europe, Istanbul, apart from its Indian Sub-Continent, Far East and MENA destinations, providing guests with more choice and easy connections across its network.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Oman Air): Oman Air Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A40-SZ (msn 36046) FRA (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 942569.

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Oman Air launches its new route to Istanbul

Oman Air, the national carrier of the sultanate of Oman, commences its new daily flight from Muscat to the Turkish city of Istanbul on June 1, 2018. The inaugural flight WY 163 departs Muscat International Airport at 20.10 hrs. after a cake-cutting ceremony at Oman Air’s exclusive First and Business class check-in lounge. Oman Air delegation led by their Chief Commercial Officer Paul Starrs will be received by key officials at the Istanbul Ataturk International Airport.

The new route will be operated by a Boeing 737-800 with a flight time of 5 hours and 25 minutes. Flight WY163 will depart Muscat International Airport’s new, award-winning passenger terminal daily at 20.10, arriving in Istanbul Ataturk International Airport at 00.25. The return flight WY164 will depart Istanbul each day at 01.25, arriving in Muscat at 07.25.

Oman Air will host a gala Iftar dinner and a press conference at the Kempinski hotel in Istanbul, which will see important dignitaries, media members and travel trade guests attend the events.

The new route between Oman and Turkey will strengthen the existing vibrant bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries. With the opening of this route, Oman Air’s guests will be able to explore one of the world’s most thriving cities. Intertwining both ancient and modern cultures, the largest city in Turkey, Istanbul is the heart of the country’s economic, cultural, and historical roots, with much to offer Oman Air guests travelling to this beautiful destination.

Oman Air is currently undergoing an exciting fleet and network expansion programme, which will see the airline operate up to 66 aircraft to 60 destinations by 2022. The airline continues to be recognised for its award winning on board experience; winning a raft of industry awards to add to its growing collection.

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Oman Air announces three new routes

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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.

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Boeing delivers the first 737-8 MAX 8 to Oman Air

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.

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Oman Air becomes a new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner operator with the first delivery

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Oman Air to lease 14 aircraft from ALC including a new Boeing 787-9

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.”

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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.

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