Middle Eastern flag-carrier Oman Air has announced the unexpected death of its chief executive Ziad Al-Haremi.

Al-Haremi had led the redevelopment of Oman Air as a stand-alone carrier for the sultanate and had been overseeing the reinstatement of long-haul services, a fleet-renewal programme and a change of image.

A spokeswoman for Oman Air says Al-Haremi was taken ill suddenly with a suspected heart attack and died yesterday. She says he had been on duty as normal just the day before.

Al-Haremi had headed Oman Air since September 2005 and was formally appointed as chief executive in November 2006. Previously he had occupied several senior positions in the company’s commercial and sales divisions.

He was educated at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the USA and held qualifications in aircraft maintenance as well as a private pilot’s licence.

Muscat-based Oman Air has yet to identify an immediate successor.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news

Source: FlightGlobal.com