Oman Air targets Europe, Far East with new Dreamliner

Country's national carrier is continuing with expansion plans announced before departure of CEO
Oman Air has announced it will stick to expansion plans laid before the departure of its CEO earlier in the year, as it inducts a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner into its fleet.
By Shayan Shakeel
Thu 07 Dec 2017 12:21 PM

Oman Air has announced it will stick to expansion plans laid before the departure of its CEO earlier in the year, as it inducts a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner into its fleet.

The Dreamliner, delivered to the carrier yesterday, is the largest variant of the aircraft, and is configured with 30 business class suites, and 258 economy class seats.

The new aircraft will allow Oman Air to bring its full service experience on high yielding long-haul routes, “in Europe and the Far East,” the carrier said in a statement.

“The delivery of new aircraft is part of Oman Air’s fleet and network expansion,” acting CEO, Eng. Abdulaziz Al Raisi said. “We’re adding new aircraft to keep up with the expansion programme.”

Raisi was named acting chief after Paul Gregorowitsch stepped down as CEO in October.

Before his departure, Gregorowtisch had said the airline was looking to grow its network in Europe as well as expand to destinations in the Far East including Hong Kong.

The carrier expects to receive three more 787-9 Dreamliners in 2018, two of which will be equipped with first class cabins. 

Oman Air also has 30 Boeing 737 MAX on order, as part of plans to increase its fleet from 48 to around 70, which will see the carrier operate around 75 destinations by 2023.

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