Eastern carrier Oman Air intends to introduce nine Airbus A330 aircraft by the
end of 2011, doubling its fleet size and heavily increasing the airline’s
capacity as part of a Government programme to replace Gulf Air in Muscat.
Air is also to explore the potential for Airbus A350 and Boeing 787
airline is setting out a five-year plan to develop its fleet and set out
business targets after the Omani Government’s decision to drop its involvement
with Gulf Air and invest in its own flag-carrier.
Air, whose fleet comprises five Boeing 737-800s and three 737-700s, is to have
ten 737s by the end of March 2009. But the carrier’s chief executive, Ziad Al-Haremi, says the airline
will also have nine A330-300s and -200s by 2011.
numbers of aircraft are not the end of it, but merely the beginning,” he says,
adding that an international consultant will be recruited to develop a 20-year
long-term business plan.
is where we are heading: the latest aircraft with the latest in-flight
entertainment systems. We are going to three-class configurations on some of
our future long-haul routes,” says Al-Haremi.
with this ambitious growth plan the airline aims to embark on a major
restructuring and rebranding initiative.”
Air has been seeking aircraft to lease and is expecting to open its first
long-haul services, probably to London and Bangkok,
by November this year.