By Staff writer
National carrier announces plan to start operating to Najaf to meet 'significant customer demand'
Oman Air has announced further expansion to its global network with a new destination to Najaf in Iraq starting in September.
Four weekly flights from Najaf to Muscat will start on September 15, marking the airline's debut in Iraq, the carrier said in a statement, adding that flights will be operated with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
It added that the launch of the new route is in response to "significant customer demand".
Following the launch of the new route, Oman Air's network will include 51 destinations in 28 countries. It is anticipated that the network will include 75 destinations by 2020.
Abdulrahman Al Busaidy, Oman Air's deputy CEO and executive vice president commercial, said: "Oman Air is undertaking an ambitious growth programme to develop our network and ensure international connectivity.
"We are therefore delighted to be launching this exciting new services to Najaf. As our first destination in Iraq, Najaf offers excellent potential for travellers visiting friends and family, and for pilgrims."
Oman Air's network expansion programme runs in parallel to a major fleet expansion programme. This has seen the addition of Airbus A330, Boeing 737 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to the airline's fleet strength and will see Oman Air operate 70 aircraft by 2020.