Oman Air launches Casablanca flight as part of African network update

Posted by - July 16, 2018

Oman Air has announced it will be appraising the current make-up of its service network in order to boost the airline’s coverage of popular African destinations. Oman Air’s current network includes Cairo in Egypt, Nairobi in Kenya, Zanzibar, Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania, as well as the newly launched connection to Casablanca in Morocco – which completed its inaugural flight on 1 July.
With a flight time of 8 hours and 50 minutes, Flight WY171 leaves Muscat on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at 0120, arriving in Casablanca at 0710. The return flight WY172 departs Casablanca four times a week at 0820 on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, arriving in Muscat International Airport’s passenger terminal at 1915.
Oman Air network map Related Posts Further, according to Oman Air, its network and planning team are evaluating the suitability of new routes within the region, notably Khartoum in Sudan. The African routes are already very popular with Oman Air passengers and the airline has recently increased its summer schedule to Egypt from 10 flights a week to 12 due to the demand for the thriving metropolis of Cairo on the River Nile.
Last year Oman Air launched its four times weekly service to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and one of its most dynamic cities with a vibrant cultural life, fabulous places to eat and exciting locations to visit.
The five times weekly service to the archipelago of Zanzibar has been a longstanding favourite with holidaymakers with its atmosphere and culture. Oman Air also flies five times a week to Dar Es Salaam the largest city and economic capital of Tanzania, and East Africa’s second busiest port.

Oman Air launches Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with first class suites on London to Muscat route

Posted by - July 4, 2018

Oman Air celebrated the launch of its latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at London Heathrow on Sunday. The new aircraft serving the London to Muscat route features the new first class private suites and is one of three 787-9 Dreamliners to be received this year.
The inaugural flight WY101 departed Muscat at 1400 and arrived in London at 1910 on 1 July (local time). Oman Air CEO Eng. Abdulaziz Al Raisi was onboard flight WY101 together with members of Oman Air senior management team. All guests were greeted by HE Ambassador of Oman and key dignitaries plus officials from London Heathrow Airport.
To mark the celebration, a cake cutting ceremony was held, and before return flight WY102 jetted to Muscat, Oman Air surprised three travelling guests with golden envelopes containing complimentary business class return flights, onboard the new Dreamliner, to anywhere within Oman Air’s network.
This latest Dreamliner features the new first class product with eight private suites, with one of the longest 180-degree flat-bed seats available on any commercial airliner and 55-inch tall doors, plus 24 business class seats and 232 economy seats.
“Invaluable to us in… attracting new premium passengers”
Related Posts Kelpesh Patel, interim country manager UK & Ireland, Oman Air, said: “We are delighted to offer guests travelling from London to Muscat such an exceptional product.
“With its new private suites the Dreamliner offers the best possible experience and will be invaluable to us in growing the market and attracting new premium passengers. Launching on the London to Muscat route confirms our investment in travellers from the UK.”
James Yardley, airport services manager, Oman Air, said: “We’ve seen a growing demand ex-UK for travel to Muscat and beyond and its very gratifying that we can meet this demand with such a fantastic, cutting edge aircraft, setting new industry standards. I’m really looking forward to seeing this Dreamliner in action and am very confident that guests will enjoy the service. This is a very exciting time for Oman Air.”
With the addition of the Dreamliner, Oman Air’s fleet now consists of four Boeing 787-8, three 787-9 Dreamliners, six Airbus 330-300s, four Airbus 330-200s, five Boeing 737-900s, 21 Boeing 737-800, four Embraer 175s, and three Boeing 737 MAX.
By the end of 2018, Oman Air will have taken delivery of five new MAX aircraft and three 787-9s. By 2022, Oman Air’s total fleet size is expected to be around 70.

Which carrier has Oman Air just signed its second Thai codeshare with?

Posted by - April 2, 2018

Oman Air announced the development of its Asia Pacific network this week when it released details of its new codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways. The agreement, which went into action immediately on April 1st, was signed by Aboudy Nasser (above, centre right), senior vice president of network planning & revenue management for Oman Air and Pakorn Rattanarod (centre, left), director of route profitability and alliance for Bangkok Airways.
Under the agreement, Oman Air will put its “WY” designator code on Bangkok Airways flights, serving eight domestic routes. This includes well known destinations in Thailand such as Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, Lampang, Trat, Sukhothai and Samui. With Thailand’s unshakeable appeal to tourists across the planet, the deal is of great importance to Oman’s national carrier, which has seen a steady and persistent passenger growth on its services to the country.
Codeshares are an essential part of Oman Air’s expansion strategy, who hold extant agreements with Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Etihad, Ethiopian Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Turkish Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, KLM, Garuda Airlines, Thai Airways, Saudia, Malaysia Airlines and Kenyan Airways. And, the agreement with Bangkok Airways is the latest such deal with a Thai carrier after sharing ink, for flights between Muscat and Bangkok, with Thai Airways Company (THAI) in January 2016.
Bangkok Airways has fifteen codeshare agreements; Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas Airways. As well as Qatar Airways, SilkAir, Thai Airways and Xiamen Airlines.
Oman Airlines currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madina, and Kuwait, in the Gulf region, as well as Cairo, Amman, Tehran, Mashhad, Najaf, Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam within the wider Middle East/Africa region.
In addition Oman Air flies to eleven destinations in India, Pakistan; Kathmandu Nepal and Sri Lanka. Its European destinations are London, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich. New destinations to be launched as 2018 unfurls are Istanbul in June; Casablanca in July and Moscow at the end of October.