flag-carrier Oman Air is hoping to launch long-haul services before the end of
this year using three long-haul aircraft, comprising two Boeing 767s and an
intends to begin operating connections to cities such as Frankfurt, London
and Milan as well as the Asian destinations of Bangkok,
Kuala Lumpur, Singapore
Air is planning to acquire its own fleet of Airbus A330s but a spokesman for
the airline says it will not be able to obtain them until 2009.
says that the airline has been looking to lease alternative widebody
aircraft and that it has found two 767s and an A330 – the sources remain
confidential – with which to re-enter the long-haul market.
expect to start these long-haul operations this year,” he says. Oman
is keen to build connections from its Muscat
base, not only to strengthen its tourism industry but also to prepare for the
reduction in Gulf Air operations following the Omani Government’s decision to
exit the carrier.
Air had originally indicated that it would take five A330s but the spokesman
says that these will be only a first step in the airline’s long-haul