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Oman Air signed in as the Official Carrier of Ironman

The iconic and internationally acclaimed 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...

Oman Air boosts fleet with New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, continues its ambitious expansion plans in 2017 with three new additions to the fleet already this year. The latest aircraft is the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which joined the fleet on 23rd February 2017; this is in addition to the two new 737-800s which were added to the fleet in 2017. The wide-body Boeing 787-9 is a stretched version of the a...

Muscat International Airport completion by end-2017: minister

Ahmad Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, affirmed on Sunday that 96 per cent of the new Muscat International Airport terminal is completed. Al Futaisi added that the terminal will be in operation by the end of this year. The new Muscat International Airport is expected to have a capacity to handle more than 12 million passengers every year and is expected to reach 48 milli...

Oman Air opens its training centre with new sims from TRU

Oman Air has opened its new training centre in Muscat following the delivery and qualification of two new full flight simulators from Textron subsidiary, TRU Simulation + Training . The two full flight simulators (FFS) are for the B737 and A330 aircraft operated by Oman Air along with a flight training device and virtual cockpit classroom for the B737NG aircraft.  The suite of training p...

Oman Air Agrees Sale And Leaseback Arrangement With Dubai Aerospace Enterprise

As Oman Air continues its ambitious fleet and network expansion plan, the airline has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd for the sale and leaseback of two new B737-800 aircraft. The first of the two aircraft was delivered on 25th July and the second is expected to arrive at Muscat this month. Under Oman Air’s expansion programme, launched late 201...

Oman Air to open talks pitting Airbus A350 against Boeing 787

Oman Air said it’s poised to begin talks with Boeing Co and Airbus Group SE over an order for the latest generation of wide-body jets to replace 12 older A330 planes. The Gulf carrier will open negotiations in coming weeks, with the focus on Airbus’s A350-900 model and the 787-9 or -10 from its US rival, Chief Executive Officer Paul Gregorowitsch said at a briefing in London. Whi...

Oman bank backs Gulf carriers

Oman Arab Bank (OAB) has initiated coverage of the GCC aviation sector and put a buy recommendation on Air Arabia and an accumulate recommendation on Jazeera Airways, backing the budget airlines’ growth potential. Regional air traffic activity is on the rise. According to Iata, passenger demand for Middle East carriers in January had the strongest year-on-year growth at 10.9 per cent...

Oman to increase air traffic fees as it grapples with budget deficit

Oman’s Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) will raise fees charged for air traffic through the sultanate, the authority’s chief executive Mohammed Al Zaabi told the official Oman News Agency. The decision is part of a series of steps by Oman to strengthen state finances as it grapples with a big budget deficit caused by low oil prices. In January it cut domestic gasoline p...

Oman Air eyes Airbus A350 plane purchase

Oman Air is considering buying Airbus Group SE (AIR.FR) A350 long-range planes amid a turnaround effort aimed at ending years of government handouts. The airline may take around 13 A350s from 2020, Chief Executive Paul Gregorowitsch said in an interview Wednesday, with the long-range jets replacing Airbus A330 widebodies currently used by Oman Air on some long-haul routes. The deal would have a...

Oman's first budget airline to fly under the brand name 'Salam Air'

Muscat National Development and Investment Company (ASAAS) announced that the country’s first budget airline will fly under the brand name ‘Salam Air’. Homage to Oman’s deeply-rooted culture and long-standing history as an ambassador of peace, the name, which is derived from the Arabic greeting, is a result of a nationwide public poll conducted on the online social networki...

Oman Air buys coveted morning slot at Heathrow for record $75mn

Oman Air has set a record by paying US$75mn for a pair of slots (take-off and landing) at Heathrow Airport. The deal could very well mean double daily flights to London, something which the airline had been planning for some time now. The national carrier is understood to have bought the pair (including a highly prized early morning arrival) from Air France-KLM, reported The Sunday Time...

Oman Airports sees new records for growth

The number of passengers in Muscat International Airport exceeded first time ever 10 million passengers (+18%). Additionally, Muscat International Airport broke first time 1 million passenger milestone per month in August, 2015. Salalah International Airport broke also its record – over 1,0 million passengers (+22%) to the newly opened, state of the art airport, resulting in increase in b...