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Oman Air (Arabic: الطيران العماني‎) is the national airline of Oman.[2] Based at Muscat International Airport in Seeb, Muscat; it operates domestic and international passenger services, as well as regional air taxi and charter flights.[3] Oman Air is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.

Oman Air
Oman Air logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
WY OMA OMAN AIR
Founded4 June 1993; 26 years ago (1993-06-04)
HubsMuscat International Airport
Frequent-flyer programSindbad Frequent Flyer
Fleet size55
Destinations54[1]
Company sloganModern Vision. Timeless Traditions.
Parent companyOman Aviation Group
HeadquartersMuscat International Airport,
Muscat, Oman
Key people
  • Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futtaisi (Chairman)
  • Abdul Aziz Al Raisi (CEO)
Websiteomanair.com

HistoryEdit

BeginningsEdit

Oman Air can trace its root back to 1970 when Oman International Services (OIS) was established. The company became a civil aircraft ground handling provider at Beit Al Falaj Airport.[4] In 1972, OIS moved its operations to the new terminal at Seeb International Airport. The company took over Gulf Air's Light Aircraft Division in 1977, before establishing Aircraft Engineering Division in the same year. Rapidly expanding civil aviation industry of Oman led OIS to the building of several facilities – including hangars, workshops and in-flight catering – to cater for the increase in activity.[4]

In 1981, Oman Aviation Services became a joint-stock company. OAS also purchased 13 aircraft from Gulf Air, allowing the company to replace its turboprops Fokker 27-600 with the −500 series.[4] The following year, Oman Aviation Services jointly commenced jet services, along with Gulf Air, to Salalah. From 1983 to 1993, the company purchased new equipment, including the Cessna Citation,[4] and new facilities to help it improve its services.

Foundation in 1993Edit

 
An Oman Air Boeing 737-800 with the airline's initial colour scheme
 
A former Oman Air ATR 42-500

In 1993, Oman Air was founded. The airline's start was in March, when a wet-leased Boeing 737-300 from Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services (AWAS) flew from Muscat to Salalah.[5] In July of the same year, the airline's first international flight was operated to Dubai, also using a Boeing 737-300.[4] Flights to other destinations quickly followed, with Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) services starting in November, Kuwait and Karachi in January 1994, and Colombo in October.[4] In 1995, two Airbus A320s were wet-leased from Region Air of Singapore to replace the 737s. From 1995 to 1997, services were commenced to Mumbai, Dhaka, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Chennai. In October 1998, Oman Air was admitted in the international aviation industry trade group International Air Transport Association (IATA). By the end of the following year, Gwader, Peshawar, Jeddah and Al-Ain were included in the airline's ever-expanding route network, although the former two, along with a host of other destinations, were withdrawn in 2000.[4]

Development since the 2000sEdit

In March 2007, the Omani government recapitalised the airline, which saw the government increasing its shareholding from approximately 33 to 80 percent.[6] It was also announced that Oman Air would be re-evaluating its strategic plans, with a possibility of entering the long-haul market.[6] This culminated in the announcement by the government in May 2007 that it would be pulling out of Gulf Air, and would instead concentrate on developing Oman Air.[7] Oman Air commenced its long-haul services on 26 November 2007 by launching flights to Bangkok and London.[8]

On 2 April 2007, Oman Air announced it had placed a firm order with Airbus for 5 Airbus A330 aircraft for delivery in 2009. At the 2009 Dubai Air Show, Oman Air finalized the order, which involved 3 A330-300s and 2 A330-200s. Deliveries started during the third quarter of 2009. In February 2009, Oman Air announced intentions to lease another 2 A330-200s from Jet Airways.[9] During the 2009 Dubai Air Show, Oman Air Air also finalised an order for five Embraer 175 aircraft with another 5 options, which the airline received from 2011.[10]

In March 2010, Oman Air became the first airline in the world to offer both mobile phone and Wi-Fi Internet services on selected routes.[11][11][12][13] By November 2010, the Omani government held a 99.8 percent stake in the airline.[14] In 2011, Oman Air won the Gold award for the "Airline of the Year" at France's Laurier d'Or du Voyage d'Affaires.[15]

During September 2013 the CEO was quoted as saying that Oman Air was studying to move to a 50 aircraft strong fleet by 2017.[16] In April 2015, Oman Air announced it would phase out its smaller aircraft to focus on an all Airbus and Boeing fleet.[17] The 2 ATR 42-500 aircraft were withdrawn by the end of 2015 while the 4 Embraer 175 and the Boeing 737-700 aircraft will be retired by the end of 2016.[18] In April 2017 Oman Air announced plans to replace the A330s with Airbus A350s or Boeing 787s.

In July 2017, Oman Air received the award for "Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East" at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.[19] Besides, in September that year, the Seven Stars Luxury Lifestyle and Hospitality Awards named it the "Best Airline in Europe, Middle East and Africa" for the second year in a row.[20]

In October 2018, the CEO of Oman Air Abdulaziz bin Saud al Raisi announced that the airlines aim to add over 60 new destinations and 70 aircraft by 2022.[21]

In June 2019, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) granted the level 4 New Distribution Capability (NDC) certification to the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman. The carrier became one of the first airlines to function on the latest standards, adding the title to its existing level 3 NDC certification.[22]

Oman Air, along with Kenya Airways announced to expand its codeshare cooperation, which was first signed in August 2017. The expansion, effective since 1 October 2019, increased the destinations for their flyers, where they were allowed to seamlessly travel beyond Nairobi to Entebbe in Uganda and Johannesburg in South Africa.[23]

Corporate affairsEdit

 
The Business Class cabin of an Oman Air Airbus A330-300

In-flight servicesEdit

In compliance with Islamic dietary laws, all meals served on board Oman Air are prepared according to Halal guidelines. Special meals are available by request. Alcoholic beverages are only available on international flights except for Saudi Arabia and Iran routes, in which alcohol is prohibited in both countries by Islamic law.

Airbus A330-300 and Boeing 787 aircraft are equipped with Wi-Fi and mobile network portability on board. The inflight magazine of Oman Air is called Wings of Oman and is available to all classes of travel on both domestic and international flights in both English and Arabic.

Frequent flyer programEdit

Sindbad is Oman Air's frequent flyer program, launched in 2006. It is a three-tier frequent flyer program managed directly by Oman Air. The three tiers are Sindbad Blue, Sindbad Silver which requires 20,000 Tier miles or flown 15 segments on Oman Air in a 12 months period to qualify as well as maintain the Sindbad Silver Tier level, Sindbad Gold which requires 40,000 Tier miles or 30 Tier segments in a 12 months period to qualify and maintain the Sinbad Gold Tier. Sindbad has a partnership agreement with the respective program of Etihad Airways and miles can be earned through several Sindbad partners.[24]

SponsorshipsEdit

  • Oman Air became the Presenting Sponsor for the 2015 NBO Golf Classic Grand Final.[25]
  • Orphaned Palestinian children have visited Al Khoudh child welfare centre. This visit has been sponsored by Oman Air and Dar Al Atta’a.[26]

LiveryEdit

The original livery features a white fuselage and a red vertical stabilizer with the former Oman Air logo. A green stripe is painted on the rear fuselage, and the Oman Air Arabic and English logos are painted on top of the windows using the corporate red-green palette. The wingtip is painted red. The current livery also features a white fuselage, but the vertical stabilizer changed to blue, with the new logo painted in gold.

DestinationsEdit

As of September 2018, Oman Air operates a network of 50 destinations in 27 countries out of its primary hub at Muscat. The country that sees the most services is India with 11 destinations.[27]

Codeshare agreementsEdit

Oman Air has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[28]

FleetEdit

Current fleetEdit

 
Oman Air Boeing 787-8
 
Oman Air Embraer 175

As of October 2019, the Oman Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[32][33]

Oman Air fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers[32] Notes
F C Y Total
Airbus A330-200 4 30 196 226
Airbus A330-300 7 9 20 204 230
24 265 289
Boeing 737-800 21 12 142 154
144 156
150 162
Boeing 737-900ER 5 12 171 183
Boeing 737 MAX 8 5 25[34] 12 150 162[35]
Boeing 787-8 2 18 249 267
Boeing 787-9 7 3[34] 30 258 288
8 24 232 264
Embraer 175 4 11 60 71
Total 55 28

Historic fleetEdit

Oman Air operated the following aircraft previously:[36]

Oman Air historic fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A300B4-203 1999 1999 Leased from Pegasus Airlines
Airbus A310-300 1999 2009 Leased from Hi Fly
Airbus A320-200 1995 2002 Leased from Lotus Air and Pegasus Airlines
ATR 42-500 1998 2015
Boeing 737-300 1993 1995 Leased
Boeing 737-400 1999 2002 Leased from Pegasus Airlines
Boeing 737-700 1999 2015
Boeing 757-200 1996 1996 Leased from Royal Brunei Airlines
Boeing 767-200ER 2007 2008 Leased from Malév Hungarian Airlines
Bombardier Dash 8-300 1995 2009

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oman Air. "Our Networks". Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Oman Air Profile".
  3. ^ Contact Us. Oman Air. Retrieved on 14 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "History". Oman Air. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
  5. ^ Kingsley-Jones, Max. "Emerging power". Flight Global. Retrieved 10 December 2010. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ a b Kaminski-Morrow, David (19 March 2007). "Oman Air goes long-haul". Airline Business. Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  7. ^ "Oman looks to its local carrier after Gulf Air move". Flight International. 15 May 2007. Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2008.
  8. ^ "Expansion 2007". Oman Air. 11 January 2008. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
  9. ^ Times of Oman. Times of Oman (22 June 2009). Retrieved on 10 December 2010. Archived 10 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Oman Air buys 5 Embraer 175 E – Jets. Zawya.com (17 November 2009). Retrieved on 10 December 2010.
  11. ^ a b "Oman Air launches full mobile phone and WiFi connectivity on new A330s". Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Combined Services Oman Air adds first combined in-flight WiFi and mobile phone services – ..." Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  13. ^ "WiFi inflight airplane mobile telephony onboard OnAir". Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Fact Sheet". Omanair.com. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  15. ^ "Oman Air wins 'Airline of the Year'". Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Oman Air studies move to 50-strong fleet by 2017". Flightglobal.com. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  17. ^ "Oman Air to phase out ATR, Embraer fleets". Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Oman Air". Airliner World: 11. July 2015.
  19. ^ "Oman Air wins 'Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East' award". Muscat Daily. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Oman Air again named 'Best Airline in Europe, Middle East and Africa'". Travel Trade Gazette MENA. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  21. ^ "Oman Air to add 60 destinations by 2022, says CEO Raisi". Oman Observer. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  22. ^ [3. https://www.traveldailynews.com/post/oman-air-achieves-iata-ndc-level-4-certification-and-expands-ndc-based-distribution-globally "Oman Air achieves IATA NDC Level 4 Certification and expands NDC based distribution globally"] Check |url= value (help). Travel Daily News. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  23. ^ "Oman Air and Kenya Airways Announce Codeshare Agreement Expansion". Aviation Tribune. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  24. ^ "Frequent Flyers | Oman Air Sindbad". Sindbad.omanair.com. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  25. ^ "Oman Air become Presenting Sponsor for the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final". ZAWYA. 6 September 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  26. ^ "Oman hosts Palestinian children". Times of Oman. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  27. ^ "Oman Air Destinations". Omanair.com. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  28. ^ "Profile on Oman Air". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 31 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  29. ^ "Oman Air signs code share agreement with Kenya Airways". Oman Air. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  30. ^ "Oman Air expands Lufthansa codeshare partnership from mid-July 2018". Routesonline. 9 August 2018.
  31. ^ "Oman Air and Malaysia Airlines Codeshare Partnership". Oman Air. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  32. ^ a b Air, Oman. "Fleet Information – Oman Air". www.omanair.com. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  33. ^ "Oman Air Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  34. ^ a b boeing.com Orders & Deliveries retrieved 23 September 2016
  35. ^ Boeing. "Boeing Delivers First 737 MAX for Oman Air". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  36. ^ "Oman Air Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 24 April 2015.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Oman Air at Wikimedia Commons