Oman Air inks maintenance deal with Lufthansa Technik

Base maintenance contract with German firm will be for Omani carrier's 15 Boeing 737 NG aircraft
OMAN AIR: Oman Air, which has said it aims to return to profit in 2014, and Lufthansa Technik, are in talks for a wider cooperation in the region (ITP Images)
By Reuters
Wed 02 Feb 2011 05:25 PM

Oman Air,
flagship carrier of the Gulf Arab state, signed a base maintenance contract
with Germany's Lufthansa Technik for its 15 Boeing 737 NG aircraft, it said on
Wednesday.

Lufthansa
Technik is the maintenance arm of German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Checks and
modifications to the aircraft will take place at the Lufthansa Technik base
maintenance location in Budapest, Hungary, the companies said in a joint
statement.

Oman Air,
which has said it aims to return to profit in 2014, and Lufthansa Technik, are
in talks for a wider cooperation in the region, the statement said.

The Gulf sultanate's
government has been trying to diversify the national economy to include higher
income from tourism and natural gas to reduce its dependence on oil.

Oman Air
currently has a fleet of 21 aircraft including four Airbus A330s and 15 Boeing
737s. It has 17 planes on order.

Based in
Muscat, Oman Air offers non-stop flights to Asian destinations such as Bangkok
and Bangladesh's Chittagong, as well as European cities including Frankfurt and
Paris.

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