Oman Air to open Bangkok route with 767

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Middle Eastern carrier Oman Air is to open a long-haul connection between Muscat and Bangkok at the end of this month, operating five times weekly on the route.

The service, which begins on 28 November, is the latest step in Oman Air’s plans to rebuild a long-haul network following the Omani Government’s decision to abandon Gulf Air and focus on its national airline.

Oman Air is already intending to open a London Gatwick link on 26 November.

“We have selected Thailand as our base for expansion into the [Asia-Pacific] region and want to take advantage of the opportunities we can harness from the boom in passenger traffic through the new Suvarnabhumi Airport,” says Oman Air chief Ziad Al-Haremi.

While Oman Air will use Airbus A330s on the London connection, it plans to operate Boeing 767s to Bangkok.

Al-Haremi says: “We are going to work in every way to try to increase our presence in Asia-Pacific and will look at tapping all the markets.”