Oman Air has celebrated the inauguration of its new Boeing 737 MAX. The addition is part of an exciting fleet and network expansion programme, which will see Oman Air operate new destinations worldwide.
Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, Chairman of Oman Air, said: I am delighted to be here today to witness the latest addition to the Oman Air fleet. The Boeing 737 MAX is at the forefront of aviation technology and amongst the most efficient planes in the sky today. Oman Air has put an order of 30 MAX aircraft and this is the first aircraft delivery of this order.
As Oman Air embraces a new business model, destination model, following the latest restructuring process by Oman Aviation Group, The Airline will undergo a repositioning program as a point to point national carrier. The new model emulates the best practices by countries that have similar position as that of Oman such as Iceland. Since adapting the destination business model, Iceland Air has increased the number of tourists five-fold since 2010 and delivered profitable growth.”
He added: “With the expansion of Oman Air fleet with the most efficient planes, world class ground services, excellent marketing and the alignment with other leading sectors, we are confident to make Oman Air the first choice of the targeted 39 million passengers by 2030.”
Acting CEO of Oman Air, Abdulaziz Al-Raisi, celebrates the inauguration of Oman Air’s new Boeing 737 MAX, added: This is a very exciting day for us as we take delivery of the first of our 30 Boeing MAX aircraft on order. By the end of 2018 we will receive a total of 5 aircraft into our fleet. They will serve both domestic and short to medium international sectors. The new B737 MAX will be equipped with 12 new Business Class seats with large 17 inch touch screen monitors and all the amenities needed for the busy road warrior such as individual power and USB points. The 150 seat Economy class cabin will also undergo a significant refresh with new interiors, 10.2 inch Thales Gen V touch-screen monitors, high power USB outlets for each triple seats and individual USB outlets for every guests. In June, we will also receive the first of our three 787-9 Dreamliner on order, two of which will have a new First Class product with 8 full privacy mini suites, 24 Business class lie-flat seats with direct aisle access for all guests. Both aircraft will be equipped with leading technology, latest in comfort and amenities, including cutting edge entertainment to enhance the travel experience of our guests.”
Abdulaziz Al-Raisi added: “Since taking over as Acting CEO in October 2017, our focus has been on bringing down operational costs without shrinking our service offering or network growth. We have opened three new call centres in India, Kuala Lumpur and Romania — all of which now operate 24 hours a day and supplements the Oman based call center, which are fully Omanised.
Omanisation has been a key focus of our policy and we are taking clear steps to fill senior posts with Omani candidates including developing outstanding career prospects across the globe as the airline expands.
In 2018 Oman Air will be launching three new destinations – Casablanca (Morocco) in June, Istanbul (Turkey) in July, and Moscow (Russia) in October. The three new exciting routes are part of Oman Air’s strategic expansion plan, providing a streamlined global network that offers greater connectivity at our Muscat hub.”
source: arabian aerospace