By Shane McGinley
Wayne Pearce says airline wants codeshare for US market, but not necessarily with US carrier
Oman Air is in talks to further
target the US and Southeast Asia through alliances and
codesharing agreements, the carrier’s CEO told Arabian
Wayne Pearce, who took the helm in January, said the Muscat-based carrier was eager to tap into the US
market and form an alliance with an existing player, but added it did not
necessarily have to be a US-based carrier.
“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
“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.
Over the first five months, the airline said net passenger
revenue grew by 28 percent compared to the same period last year. Passenger
numbers also grew by 19 percent.