Oman Air: Growing by leaps and bounds over the years
The sultanate is celebrating the 48th Renaissance Day. Over the decades the sultanate has grown by leaps and bounds. Among the biggest developments, one that has taken the jewel of the Gulf around the world is Oman Air. Over the past years, the airline has expanded its routes and taken the country to every nook and corner of the globe.
In future, Oman Air, will be reviewing its route network with a view to further expanding its destinations in Africa. The airline already flies to Cairo in Egypt, Nairobi in Kenya, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and recently launched its four-time weekly service to Casablanca in Morocco.
The Network and Planning team is working hard to assess the viability of other new routes. Khartoum in Sudan is being discussed thoroughly as a potential addition. With the established Sudanese diaspora in Oman, Khartoum is a strong favourite to be amongst the new additions to Oman Air’s African network in 2019. The African routes are already very popular with Oman Air guests and the airline has recently increased its summer schedule to Egypt from ten flights a week to 12 due to the demand for the thriving metropolis of Cairo which spreads along the world famous River Nile.
Last year, Oman Air launched its four times weekly service to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and one of its most dynamic cities with a vibrant cultural life, fabulous places to eat and exciting locations to visit. The seven times weekly service to the popular archipelago of Zanzibar has been a longstanding favourite with holidaymakers with its vibrant atmosphere and culture.
Oman Air also flies seven times a week to Dar es Salaam, the largest city and economic capital of Tanzania, and East Africa’s second busiest port.
Along with Africa, the national carrier will also resume its service between Muscat and Malé in the Maldives this October. Flights to the Maldives with Oman Air will recommence for the 2018-19 winter season from October 28, 2018. The service will be operated by the new Boeing 737 aircraft.
Oman Air flights from Muscat to Maldives will operate on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the flights from Maldives to Muscat will operate on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The Maldives is a beautiful chain of 26 atolls, made up of more than 1,000 coral islands, located only three and a half hours away from Oman.
Eng Abdulaziz al Raisi, CEO of Oman Air said, “We are delighted to be resuming our Maldives route and look forward to welcoming our valued Oman Air guests on board our latest Boeing 737 aircraft. We thoroughly encourage our friends from Europe and the rest of our network, flying to the Maldives to stop over and explore Oman en route. Our new Maldives service offers holidaymakers the perfect opportunity to explore Muscat, the metropolitan capital of Oman before escaping to the beautiful shores of the Maldives.”
Oman Air also started its flight from Muscat to the Moroccan city of Casablanca in July.
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 Dreamliner (787-800) 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 1.20am, arriving in Casablanca at 7.10am. The new route between Oman and Morocco will strengthen relations between the two countries, enhance the trading and tourism prospects and enable Oman Air’s guests to explore one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Travellers to the destination will be met with Moroccan charm and warmth, synonymous with the destination.
Oman Air has also expanded its family of planes. Recently it has taken delivery of the third of 30 Boeing 737 Max 8s in June. The 737 MAX family has been designed to offer customers exceptional performance, flexibility and efficiency, with lower per-seat costs and an extended range that will open up new destinations in the single-aisle market. Oman Air expects to receive a total of five 737 Max by September 2018. Configured with 162 seats in a two-class configuration: 12 in business and 150 in economy with significant enhancements across both cabins, the Max aircraft is a testament to Oman Air commitment to continually upgrade its product offering to improve its customer satisfaction and enhance the overall guest experience.