MUSCAT: After the launch of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Muscat – Frankfurt route on October 25, Oman Air plans to deploy the Dreamliner between Muscat and Milan as well from December 1. Dreamliners will be deployed on one flight per day between Muscat and Salalah from December 1.
The airline will also increase its frequency to Tehran from seven per week to ten from November 15. The national carrier will receive a second Dreamliner aircraft in November and another four are expected to be delivered by 2018. Within the Gulf region, flights from Muscat to Jeddah and Riyadh will be operated using Oman Air’s Airbus 330s.
The aircraft will supersede Boeing 737s on the routes. Flights to Khasab, Oman’s northern enclave will be operated using Embraer 175s. The Embraers will replace ATR42s which are currently deployed on the route and are due to be phased out from Oman Air’s fleet.
Meanwhile, three more of Oman Air’s most popular services received a significant boost. Flights from Muscat to Colombo, in Sri Lanka have increased from ten per week to double daily. Flights between Muscat and Dammam in Saudi Arabia, have increased in frequency from 14 per week to 16.
Welcoming the changes indicated in the airline’s winter 2015-16 schedule, Paul Gregorowitsch, chief executive officer of the national carrier, said, “As Oman Air’s fleet and network continue to grow, we are delighted to be offering our customers greater choice and convenience. “The changes we have announced in our winter 2015-16 schedule will introduce greater frequencies to many of our most popular destinations. The introduction of our Dreamliners to destinations in Europe and Oman, and the deployment of larger and more modern aircraft on other routes, will allow us to surprise and delight many more customers.
“All these moves represent a very positive response to the increases in demand that we are experiencing in markets such as Germany, India, Saudi Arabia and Iran. However, demand throughout our network continues to grow. I would therefore advise travellers to book their seats with Oman Air at the earliest opportunity.”
SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY