Oman Air plans new aircraft purchases

Oman Air, which, in March 2016, was considering taking 13 Airbus A350 in 2020 has now focused on placing an order for 9 jets. Options now include Airbus A350 and Boeing 787.

Oman Air at Salalah old Terminal
Oman Air at Salalah old Terminal

The airline’s CEO Paul Gregorowitsch was Continue reading “Oman Air plans new aircraft purchases”

Muscat Duty Free design and construction management announced

Its been announced that the Design & the Project Management of the construction

Muscat Airport
Muscat Airport

for Muscat Duty Free has been awarded to Continue reading “Muscat Duty Free design and construction management announced”

Oman Air’s 2016 financial results.

Oman Air has issued its 2016 financial statement.

Oman Air’s chairman H.H. Darwish bin Ismail bin Ali Al Balushi highlighted the introduction of 4 new Boing 737-800s leading to a total of 47 aircraft within the fleet. This lead to a total of 7.7million passengers using Oman Air,

Oman Air over Azaiba in Muscat
Oman Air over Azaiba in Muscat

an increase of 21% over 2015 and an increase in available Continue reading “Oman Air’s 2016 financial results.”

Menzies Aviation and Oman Air

Menzies Aviation and Oman Air are expecting to form a joint venture for ground handling in Oman.

Menzies Aviation, the subsidiary of John Menzies PLC whose original operation was at many British train stations selling newspapers, is trying to form a joint venture with Oman Air to provide ground handling at all of Oman’s airports.

Oman Air at Salalah old Terminal
Oman Air at Salalah old Terminal

The original Continue reading “Menzies Aviation and Oman Air”

Oman Air’s new flight into and out of Heathrow

will give morning and night departures from both Heathrow and Muscat International Airport.

Oman Air have introduced the first of their two extra daily flights into Muscat from Heathrow as part of their increase in capacity both in terms of aircraft and ground facilities when the new terminal opens at Muscat International Airport. From April Continue reading “Oman Air’s new flight into and out of Heathrow”

Oman Air Dramatically Increases Capacity from Heathrow

from 1 flight a day to 3 -Heathrow to Muscat . Oman Air is growing rapidly.

Oman Air have overnight increased their capacity from Heathrow to Muscat by 200%. This is the result of the highest ever purchase price for landing slots at Heathrow.

Oman Air Eton
Oman Air Eton

According to Continue reading “Oman Air Dramatically Increases Capacity from Heathrow”

Oman wins a Best Economy Class 2014 Award

at the “World Travel Awards”

Oman Air – has won the World’s Leading Airline – Best Economy Class 2014 at the “World Travel Awards”

Oman Air Award Winner
Oman Air Award Winner

beating other nominees
British Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways
Emirates
Ethiopian Airlines
Etihad Airways
Hainan Airlines
Lufthansa
Qatar Airways
Singapore Airlines
South African Airways
Virgin Atlantic Airways

Oman Air is the Middle East’s leading economy class airline the 20th World Travel Awards

Its good to see Oman Air picking a good award

Oman Air Award
Oman Air Award

as the leading Continue reading “Oman Air is the Middle East’s leading economy class airline the 20th World Travel Awards”

Oman Treasure Hunt

One of ‘reality TVs’ longer lived formats has been The Amazing Race

Amazing Race contestant proposes marriage in Oman
Amazing Race contestant proposes marriage in Oman

which visited Oman a couple Continue reading “Oman Treasure Hunt”

Oman Air achieves more distinction

Oman Air is a great representative for Oman, and here is one of the reasons. Oman Air has been ranked the best performing airline at London Heathrow in July; great news for people flying into Oman for Holidays with us.

Oman Air Salalah
Oman Air Salalah

Oman’s national airline was Continue reading “Oman Air achieves more distinction”

Oman Air’s new Jets start arriving

the first of perhaps more than 10 new jets arrive into Muscat

Oman Air has taken delivery of the first of its new A330-200 Airbus jets. These are configured for 216 passengers, including 20 business class seats and 196 economy class seats.

Oman Air over Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Oman Air over Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

That should allow more comfort to visitors flying from London Heathrow, Paris, Munich & Frankfurt into Muscat.

The airline is expecting 7 planes with an option of 6 more.

Descending over Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque into Muscat

and an early arrival home

The 22.35 Oman Air flight turns out to be the last flight scheduled from Heathrow each day.

Since at night there is no view – I had lots of time to read the inflight magazine. For the national airline I was disappointed that the In-Flight magazine was riddled with errors about Oman. The standouts were in an article about Bandar Khiran and its “placid bay” with “no sound pollution, vehicle pollution” . While the main photo was of Bandar Khiran; one of the others was of the residential area of Wadi Kabir (not a bit of water in sight should have been a give-away for the team responsible for the article ) and the other of Bandar Jissah – both many kilometers from Bandar Khiran – but both labeled up, Bandar Khiran

Oman Air Bandar Khiran
Oman Air Bandar Khiran

For any unsuspecting reader who relied on the “How to go” section – they would urgently need an accurate “How to get back” as the “How to go” section is seriously inaccurate !

Key factual errors were added for good measure about the Mausoleum at Qalhat ‘Bibi Miriam’.  This was stated to have been built for a lady ‘Bibi Miriam’ – but was in fact built by her for her Turkish husband, who was the ruler of Qalhat & Hormuz at the start of the 14thC.

Despite all that I managed to get sleep and woke to the announcement that we were descending intoMuscat.

Oman Air over Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Oman Air over Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Swinging round we approached from the East and descended past Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque to land about 45 minutes early .