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.

Oman Air Bandar Khiran
Oman Air Bandar Khiran

The error 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 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 .

Oman Air adds new routes

Oman Air adds some good new routes this autumn

Frankfurt and Munich will be connected to Muscat by a direct Oman Air flight in September according to Reuters. Then, in October Oman Air will fly into Paris .

Oman Air over Muscat
Oman Air over Muscat

The London flights seem to be a success – my flight this June from Muscat to London was busy – Paris and the German cities are also natural links for Oman Airs target clients – holiday makers.

OMAN Air at Heathrow

Oman Air offers a new route from mid January

Oman Air will be flying into Muscat from Heathrow in 2009. I must admit that the schedule suits me well at Heathrow – leaving at 2130 and getting in to Muscat the following morning at 0845 – the flight from Muscat at 13.20 is equally good and arrives at Heathrow at 1740. But Gatwick I found, on what I have to say will probably be only my second visit in my life, was far easier to get around and the train in from Charing Cross was so easy. I don’t expect they will run both – or will they?

Update – new times (as of 30 Aug 2009 – are depart Heathrow 22.35 and arrive 09.15 and from Muscat to Heathrow depart 13.45 and arrive Heathrow 19.05

Oman Air to Muscat

Flying from the green of an English Summer into Muscat on Oman Air

The rain of a typical British Summer has kept trees in early summer leaf (except the Horse Chestnut which, where we live, has been badly affected by the new fungus which creates an Autumn brown off in early July).

English Fields
English Fields

On the ground the constant downpours have forced the birds of the garden under the creepers, Continue reading “Oman Air to Muscat”

Guno rebuilding progress and new CEO at Oman Air

The government will shortly start the building of 700 new homes for the residents in the Qurayyat area of Oman whose homes were devastated by the cyclone Guno and where portacabins were erected shortly after the cyclone last year .

Quriyat portacabins after Guno
Quriyat portacabins after Guno

The cost of many 10s of millions Continue reading “Guno rebuilding progress and new CEO at Oman Air”