Oman Air passenger numbers up after A330 expansion

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Middle Eastern carrier Oman Air achieved a 17% increase in passenger numbers last year as it started introducing its Airbus A330 fleet.

The airline states that it transported 2.3 million passengers, while its overall fleet increased by eight aircraft to 21.

Oman Air ordered A330s to return to the long-haul market. It plans to bring in another pair this year.

The carrier operates to a total of 32 destinations and expects to extend its network to Kuala Lumpur, Kathmandu and a number of east African points this year.

Oman Air adds that its freight division has benefited from the A330 expansion, and claims that freight revenues rose by two-thirds last year.

"Introduction of A330 routes further gave Oman Air Cargo an excellent opportunity to sell beyond Muscat and become a network transshipment carrier in its own right," it states.