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Tue 6 Nov 2012 12:03 PM

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Oman Air and Royal Jordanian in codeshare talks

Amman-based carrier to suspend flights to Omani capital Muscat from November 17

Oman Air and Royal Jordanian in codeshare talks
Oman Air, the sultanate’s flagship carrier, is in talks to finalise a codeshare agreement with Royal Jordanian.

Oman Air, the sultanate’s flagship carrier, is in talks to finalise a codeshare agreement with Royal Jordanian, it was announced on Tuesday.

The Amman-based airline confirmed it will suspend its flights from Jordan to the Gulf state on November 17 “due to commercial reasons”.

“Royal Jordanian and Oman Air are working on concluding a codeshare agreement to enable the RJ customers to travel between the two cities under the RJ code,” RJ president and CEO Amer Hadidi was quoted as saying in a statement.

Oman Air will continue to operate seven weekly flights on the Muscat-Amman route, which will be marketed by both airlines once the codeshare agreement has been finalised. A deadline for the conclusion of talks was not given.

In June, Oman Air’s CEO Wayne Pearce said it was looking to expand its codeshare agreements and was in talks to further target the US and South East Asia through alliances.

“We are looking at the key transatlantic route… I said in [a previous interview] I would build our alliances and I said in particular what we wanted to be able to do was carry traffic across to the states. Some people did go on to report that as being a US carrier,” Pearce said.

“It could well be, but we could also work with one of the major European carriers that has a big network going across. So we are investigating that and we have started that process… There will be more announcements down the line,” he added without naming the carriers it was in talks with.

Oman Air currently has three codeshare partners, including Dubai’s Emirates Airline, Malaysia Airlines and the UK's BMI.

Pearce said the carrier is looking to expand its alliances, with Southeast Asia its main focal point. “We have a number of those talks coming along, and some in Southeast Asia and we are making quick progress,” he said.

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