Oman Air Celebrates First Anniversary Of High-Tech Fleet
Oman Air Celebrates First Anniversary Of High-Tech Fleet
Muscat, November 2010 – Oman Air is celebrating at this year’s World Travel Market (WTM), as it marks the first anniversary of the launch of its fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft. The airline is also marking the success of the first six months of its pioneering inflight mobile phone and wi-fi connectivity package.
With a huge, brand new exhibition stand, featuring the airline’s extra-long, lie-flat Business Class seat and Omani racing driver Ahmad Al Harthy’s Oman Air-branded Porsche Carrera, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman is set to make a powerful impression at the world’s leading travel trade show.
Speaking at WTM, Peter Hill, CEO of Oman Air, said: “We are delighted to be participating once again at WTM and to be further increasing awareness of our superb aircraft, expanding network and outstanding value. Working alongside our colleagues at Oman Tourism, we will also be promoting the Sultanate of Oman as a wonderful destination for both business and leisure travellers.”
“Our new stand will be a great focus for agents and operators who want to find out more about how we can work together to offer the very best in air travel and build on the remarkable success of the last 12 months.”
Despite extremely challenging economic conditions, over the last year Oman Air has continued to increase the number of passengers carried, including a rise of over 200% on its daily direct Muscat to London route.
The rise in passenger numbers follows the launch in November 2009 of Oman Air’s new A330 fleet, which features sumptuous new First, Business and Economy Class cabins, the unveiling of 13 new routes, the introduction of the world’s first inflight mobile phone and wi-fi connectivity package and a range of remarkable special deals to destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Commenting on Oman Air’s inflight connectivity service, Hill added: “The use of mobile phones, smartphones, laptops and a range of other personal devices is, of course, commonplace on the ground and introducing full connectivity inflight means that business and leisure customers need no longer suspend their normal lives while they are travelling. We pioneered connectivity because we wanted to offer our customers innovatory inflight services that would increase convenience and complement the benchmark-setting comfort, space and luxury we offer onboard our aircraft. Usage has continued to increase and customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”
One such customer was Andrew Brown, a Frankfurt-based businessman who recently flew with Oman Air. He said: “On my recent flight to Muscat, I was able to deal with emails as they came in and make and take calls whenever I needed to. I actually arrived at my destination more relaxed, because I knew there wasn’t the usual avalanche of things to deal with as soon as I got to the hotel.”
Hill concludes: “Our in-flight entertainment and connectivity are important elements of a wholesale transformation that has taken place at Oman Air over the last year. By focusing on quality, service, comfort, choice and innovation, we have created our own space within the market, as well as given other carriers a very serious run for their money. The last 12 months have been breath-taking and we are looking forward to the next 12 with a sense of genuine anticipation and excitement.”
About Oman Air
Oman Air is the flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman. Founded in 1993, the airline has since witnessed massive growth and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, supporting the commercial, industrial and tourism sectors.
The airline currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to Gulf destinations, such as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait, Al Ain and Ras Al Khaimah. Within the Middle East region, Oman Air flies to Cairo in Egypt, Beirut in Lebanon and Amman in Jordan.
In addition, Oman Air flies to ten destinations in India – Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur. Within the Subcontinent, Oman Air also flies to Chittagong in Bangladesh, Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan and Colombo in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, Oman Air flies to the Indian Ocean islands of the Maldives. Within the Far East, Oman Air destinations include Bangkok in Thailand and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Among its European destinations are: London in the United Kingdom, Munich and Frankfurt in Germany and Paris in France. Oman Air also flies to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania since June 2010.
In September, Oman Air commenced operations to Dammam in Saudi Arabia, and Kathmandu in Nepal. Milan, Italy, is the other destination scheduled for the balance of 2010.
Oman Air’s fleet consists of Boeing 737 and Airbus A330s. Currently, the fleet strength stands at 15 B737-700s/800s, three A330-200s, three A330-300s and two ATRs 42-500. During 2011, one additional A330-300 will be delivered.
Also, Oman Air recently signed a contract with Embraer for the purchase of five Embraer 175 aircraft from the E-Jets family, with purchase rights for another five aircraft. The first delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2011. For the future Oman Air has ordered 6 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which are scheduled for delivery in 2014.
Oman Air unveiled its First Class Mini Suite in October 2009 which marks a further milestone in Oman Air's ongoing drive for quality and comfort. Earlier in 2009, Oman Air had unveiled its new, lie-flat Business Class seat, which offers greater levels of comfort and amenity than many other airlines’ first class products and is fitted on all the new Airbus wide-body fleet.
Marking a pioneering milestone in the history of aviation, Oman Air has become the first airline in the world to offer both mobile telephony and Internet connectivity on board its flights.
Oman Air and Malaysia Airlines entered a code-share partnership in June 2010, opening up more international destinations to their customers. Oman Air’s passengers, who currently enjoy direct flights to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, will now be connected to 4 new destinations in Malaysia - Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Kuching, and 2 new destinations in Asia - Singapore and Hong Kong.
In turn, passengers flying from Kula-Lumpur to Muscat will be able to connect seamlessly to Amman and Kuwait City, with more options from Oman to Dubai and Beirut as well.
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