Oman Air is further expanding its fleet of Boeing 737-800s with the introduction of two additional aircraft, bringing the airline’s total fleet strength to 30.
The expansion follows shortly after the Sultanate of Oman and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to meet the increased demand for air services between the two countries.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between Oman and Pakistan to increase the number of flights between the two countries. Both wet-leased aircraft will be deployed by the beginning of February and will double daily services from Oman Air’s home base of Muscat to Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad.
In addition, the frequency of flights from Muscat to Lahore and Muscat to Islamabad is being increased to offer a daily service. Oman Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Pearce, welcomes the expansion, saying: “Increasing the size of our B737 fleet allows us to be more flexible, offering even more choice for Oman Air’s growing number of customers.
In line with greater awareness of Oman Air’s outstanding international reputation amongst travellers, demand has increased considerably and we look forward to welcoming our passengers on board our additional aircraft.
” Boeing 737s currently form the backbone of Oman Air’s fleet and fly on a range of short and medium- haul routes. In addition to the two new aircraft, the fleet includes 15 B737-800s, two B737-700s, four Airbus A330-200s, three A330-300s, four Embraer E175 regional jests and two ATR 42s.
With seating capacity for 12 in business and 150 passengers in economy class, the additional aircraft will enable Oman Air, as the preferred airline for travel, to meet the need for greater travel between the two countries.
In November 2012, the Sultanate of Oman signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with both India and Pakistan to boost air services between Oman and India as well as Oman and Pakistan. The agreement was signed at the end of two-day talks at the premises of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) between aviation authorities of the Sultanate of Oman with the authorities of India and Pakistan.
The MoU was signed by Salim bin Nasser Al Oufi, CEO of Oman’s Public Authority for Civil Aviation and Maj Gen Raja Muhammad Arif Nazir, additional secretary in the Ministry of Defence and member of the board of directors of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority.
The MoU with the India was signed from the Omani side by Eng Salim bin Nasser al Oufi, CEO of PACA and from the Indian side by Dr P Kumar, Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Civil Aviation.