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.
Flydubai (Dubai) flight FZ 215 from Dubai to Baghdad, Iraq was shot at last night (January 26) while on approach to Baghdad International Airport with 154 passengers and crew members on board. The Boeing 737-800 was hit by three or four small arms bullets. As a result Air Arabia, Emirates and Etihad Airways have suspended operations to Baghdad.
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Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8KN A6-FEB (msn 40255) completes its final approach to its home base of Dubai International Airport.
Gulf Air (Bahrain) has announced further growth of its network in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with services to two new destinations – Gassim and Taif, taking the total number of Saudi Arabian cities serviced by the airline to six. Services to Gassim and Taif will begin on January 10 with four flights per week to each city.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 A9C-AG (msn 4188) arrives in Dubai.
Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) on December 2 launched a new route to Doha, Qatar. The new route will be operated three days a week with Boeing 737 aircraft. This new addition brings the total number of international destinations to 84 and the 10th Ethiopian destination in the Middle East/Gulf region.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-860 ET-APK (msn 40964) arrives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
IndiGo Airlines (Delhi) and its co-founders, Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia, Group Managing Director of InterGlobe, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 250 firm A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement will become Airbus’ single largest order by number of aircraft.
IndiGo has previously placed orders for 280 Airbus aircraft (100 A320ceo and 180 A320neo).
IndiGo is celebrating its 8th anniversary.
Top Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A3e20-232 VT-IEI (msn 4813) arrives in Dubai.
Flydubai (Dubai) has announced the launch of flights to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Flights to the East African country will commence in October, expanding the airline’s network in Africa to 12 destinations.
In other news, Flydubai’s inaugural flight to Moscow landed today (September 23) at Vnukovo International Airport.
Previously Flydubai’s inaugural flight to Almaty landed at Almaty International Airport on September 16 and was met too by a traditional water cannon salute. This marked the start of the airline’s operations to Kazakhstan.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8KN A6-FDZ (msn 40253) arrives back at the Dubai hub.