Oman Air's Wayne Pearce is using his first annual general meeting as the carrier's chief executive to seek new codeshare partners. "Oman Air has done a fabulous job of changing from a regional to a long-haul carrier so there is a need to have a whole series of bilateral alliances," he says.
"We are after someone who could provide a real transatlantic presence - either a European or a US domiciled carrier," he says. "The carrier also needs a strong codeshare presence in Southeast Asia."
The airline has an extensive range of interline partners but only three have been extended to codeshare status so far.
Situated in the Gulf to the east of Saudia Arabia, Oman is the size of Germany with a population of 2.7 million. "It is a wonderful home destination that is very attractive for tourists from all over the world," says Pearce. The carrier has a network that spans 41 countries. It is particularly strong in the Indian subcontinent.
The network will expand from September with the opening of a new route to Iranian capital Tehran, with further services being introduced by the end of the year, says Pearce. All of the new routes will be to destinations within about 2 hours of Oman.
Oman Air is in talks with providers to deliver more new Airbus A330-300s and Boeing 737-800s to serve these new routes, says Pearce.
The carrier operates three A330-300s, four A330-200s, 13 737-800s, two 737-700s, two Embraer 175s and two ATR 42-500s.