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Oman Air receives 787 featuring new first-class suites

Oman Air has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9, with a brand-new three-class interior.

The Middle Eastern carrier already has four 787-8s and three -9s in service, all configured with two classes, the airline's website indicates.

Oman Air says the new 787-9 is fitted with eight first-class suites, as well as 24 seats in business and 232 in economy. The jet's first regular passenger flight will be from Muscat to London Heathrow on 1 July.

Two more 787-9s are scheduled for delivery to the airline by year-end.

The airline says that the suites in the newly delivered Dreamliner's first-class section have "one of the longest 180-degree flat-bed seats available on any commercial airliner" and that the aircraft will offer "the latest in comfort and amenities, including cutting-edge entertainment".

Passenger seats in all three classes are equipped with Thales in-flight entertainment systems featuring an "immersive cinematic interface design" and content "exclusively curated" for visitors to Oman, the airline says.

It indicates that the service revamp also spans dining options and new passenger amenities.

In-service Oman Air Airbus A330-300s are equipped with first-class seats, the carrier's website shows.

Acting chief executive Abdulaziz Al Raisi states: "The 787-9 will further enhance Oman Air's network with its incredible range and capacity." He adds that investment in new aircraft is part of the carrier's "Vision 2030" strategy.

Oman Air foresees having a fleet of some 64 aircraft by 2022.

Today, its 51-strong fleet includes six A330-300s, four A330-200s, 26 737NGs, three 737 Max 8s and four Embraer 175s, as well as its eight 787s.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Oman Air has 24 more 737-8s on order, along with another eight Dreamliners, split evenly between the 787-8 and -9.

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