Eastern carrier Oman Air is to acquire up to five Airbus A330-200 aircraft
under its plan to restart long-haul operations.
Air is to take delivery of the aircraft from 2009. It has signed a letter of
intent to acquire the twin-jets but has given few other details.
spokesman for the Omani flag-carrier says that a number of arrangements,
including an engine selection, are still the subject of discussions. “We
haven’t yet finalised the contract,” he says.
is unclear whether Oman Air plans to lease the A330s or purchase them outright.
Air, which has focused exclusively on regional services under its partnership
with Gulf Air, has been intending to reintroduce long-haul flights and last
year embarked on studies to assess such a strategy.
Omani Government has reinforced this effort by recapitalising the carrier,
effectively nationalising it in the process, in order to provide the financial
support to expand its fleet with long-haul jets.
recapitalisation increased the Government’s share in Oman Air to more than 80%.
It had previously been a minority shareholder, with around one-third of the
Oman is an equal shareholder in Gulf Air with
the kingdom of Bahrain but there are indications that
the Bahraini Government is intending to increase its ownership of the airline.