Oman Air

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Oman Air
New Oman Air logo (Solid) no background.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
WY OAS/OMA OMAN AIR
Founded 1993
Hubs Muscat International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Sindbad Frequent Flyer
Airport lounge Oman Air Lounge
Fleet size 39
Destinations 46[1]
Company slogan Modern Vision. Timeless Traditions.
Parent company Government of Oman
Headquarters Muscat International Airport, Muscat, Oman
Key people
Website omanair.com

Oman Air (Arabic: الطيران العماني‎) is the national airline of Oman.[3] Based on the grounds of Muscat International Airport in Seeb, Muscat,[4] it operates scheduled domestic and international passenger services, as well as regional air taxi and charter flights. Its main base is Muscat International Airport. Oman Air is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.

History[edit]

In the beginning[edit]

Oman Air can trace its root back to 1970, when Oman International Services (OIS) was established. The company became a civil aircraft ground handling provider at Beit Al Falaj Airport.[5] In 1972, OIS moved its operations to the new terminal at Seeb International Airport. The company took over Gulf Air’s Light Aircraft Division in 1977, before establishing Aircraft Engineering Division in the same year. Rapidly expanding civil aviation industry of Oman led OIS to the building of several facilities – including hangars, workshops and in-flight catering – to cater for the increase in activity.[5]

In 1981, Oman Aviation Services became a joint-stock company. OAS also purchased 13 aircraft from Gulf Air, allowing the company to replace its turboprops Fokker 27-600 with the −500 series.[5] The following year, Oman Aviation Services jointly commenced jet services, along with Gulf Air, to Salalah. From 1983 to 1993, the company purchased new equipment, including the Cessna Citation,[5] and new facilities to help it improve its services.

New airline: 1993[edit]

An Oman Air Boeing 737-800 with the initial colors before the new blue scheme was brought in

In 1993, Oman Air was founded. The airline's first flight was in March, when a wet-leased Boeing 737-300 from Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services (AWAS) flew from Muscat to Salalah.[6] In July of the same year, the airline's first international flight was operated to Dubai, also using a Boeing 737–300.[5] Flights to other destinations quickly followed, with Trivandrum services starting in November, Kuwait and Karachi in January 1994, and Colombo in October.[5] In 1995, two Airbus A320s were wet-leased from Region Air of Singapore to replace the 737s. From 1995 to 1997, services were commenced to Mumbai, Dhaka, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Chennai. In October 1998, Oman Air was admitted in the international aviation industry trade group International Air Transport Association (IATA). By the end of the following year, Gwader, Peshawar, Jeddah and Al-Ain were included in the airline's ever-expanding route network, although the former two, along with a host of other destinations, were withdrawn in 2000.[5]

Oman Air New Era[edit]

In March 2007, the Omani government recapitalised the airline, which saw the government increasing its stake in the airline from approximately 33 to 80 percent.[7] It was also announced that Oman Air would be re-evaluating its strategic plans, with a possibility of entering the long-haul market.[7] This culminated in the announcement by the government in May 2007 that it would be pulling out of Gulf Air, and would instead concentrate on developing Oman Air.[8] Oman Air commenced its long-haul services on November 26, 2007 by launching flights to Bangkok and London.[9][10]

On 2 April 2007, Oman Air announced it had placed a firm order with Airbus for 5 Airbus A330 aircraft for delivery in 2009. At 2009 Dubai Air Show, Oman Air finalized the order, which involved 3 A330-300s and 2 A330-200s. Deliveries started during the third quarter of 2009. In February 2009, Oman Air announced intentions to lease another 2 A330-200 from Jet Airways.[11] During the 2009 Dubai Air Show, Oman Air Air also finalised an order for five Embraer 175 aircraft with another 5 options, which the airline received from 2011.[12] In March 2011 Oman Air received its first Embraer 175 aircraft from the 5 aircrafts previously ordered. As of 1 March 2010, Oman Air has become the first airline in the world to offer both mobile phone and Wi-Fi Internet services on selected routes.[13][13][14][15] As of November 2010, the Omani government holds a 99.8% stake in the airline.[16] In 2011, Oman Air won the Gold award for the "Airline of the Year" at France’s Laurier d’Or du Voyage d’Affaires.[17]

During September 2013 the CEO was quoted as saying that Oman Air was studying to move to a 50 aircraft strong fleet by 2017.[18] In April 2015, Oman Air announced to phase out its ATR and relatively new Embraer aircraft to focus on an all Airbus and Boeing fleet.[19]

Destinations[edit]

Main article: Oman Air destinations

As of April 2015, Oman Air operates a network of 46 destinations in 27 countries out of its primary hub at Muscat. The airline services 11 destinations in India.[1]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Oman Air has codeshare agreements with the following airlines (as of 11 June 2015):

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

Oman Air Airbus A330-300
Oman Air Boeing 737-800
Oman Air Embraer 175

As of May 2015, the Oman Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[26]

Oman Air Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers[27] Notes
P J Y Total
Airbus A330-200 4 20 196 216
Airbus A330-300 6 6 20 204 230
ATR 42-500 2 46 46 to be phased out by summer 2015[19]
Boeing 737-700 1 12 102 114 to be phased out by 2015
Boeing 737-800 19 6 12 142 154
Boeing 737-900ER 4 2[28] 12 171 183
Boeing 787-8 4[29] 18 249 267 Deliveries 2015 Mid-2016 Last Qtr[30]
Boeing 787-9 6[29]
8
30
30
258
204
288
242
Deliveries 2016-2018[30]
Embraer 175 4 1 11 60 71 to be phased out by early 2016[19]
Total 39 18

Historic fleet[edit]

Oman Air operated the following aircraft previously:[31]

Oman Air historic fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A300B4-203 1999 1999 Leased from Pegasus Airlines
Airbus A310-300 1999 2009 Leased from Hi Fly
Airbus A320-200 1995 2002 Leased from Lotus Air and Pegasus Airlines
Boeing 737-300 1993 1995 Leased
Boeing 737-400 1999 2002 Leased from Pegasus Airlines
Boeing 757-200 1996 1996 Leased from Royal Brunei Airlines
Boeing 767-200ER 2007 2008 Leased from Malev
Bombardier Dash 8-300 1995 ?

Awards & Achievements[edit]

Since its start, Oman Air received many awards and certificates for its services. these include:

  • Oman Excellence award for tourism in 2001.
  • Oman Air Ground Operations Department was awarded the AHS 1000 excellence certificate from IATA.
  • Golden award for the Technology Development of the year 2010.
  • Silver Award at the 2009 Vision Awards at the Annual Report Competition.
  • Silver Award for the Best Marketing Campaign 2010.
  • Winner of the ‘Technology Implementation of the Year’ category at the prestigious 4th Annual Aviation Business Awards 2010.
  • Reise & Preise readers names Oman Air as the best airline in the world for economy class.
  • Oman Air won the Gold Award in the Best First Class Female Amenity Bag category, the Gold Award for Best In-flight Amenity and the Silver Award for Best First Class Male Amenity Bag at the TravelPlus Airline Amenity Bag Awards 2010.
  • SKYTRAX names Oman Air as an official 4-Star airline.
  • Oman Air has been named Best Luxury Airline, Middle East 2011 in the prestigious Business Destinations Travel Awards 2011.
  • Oman Air was named winner of the “World's Best Business Class Airline Seat” by SKYTRAX.
  • Oman Air wins “Promising New Foreign Airline of the Year” in Kuala Lumpur by Malaysia Airports Berhad.
  • Oman Air has won the “Best In-flight Connectivity & Communications” award in The 2011 Passenger Choice Awards.
  • Gold Award for Airline of the Year, ahead of Qatar Airways and Korean Air at Top Resa in France 2011.
  • Oman Air has been commended (2nd place) by TTG for the TTG TRAVEL AWARDS 2011, behind Etihad, and ahead of Emirates, EVA Air and Thompson Airways.
  • Best Airline Worldwide 2011”. The survey was conducted by the travel magazine REISE & PREISE and was held for the 20th time this year.
  • Oman Air has been named Best Luxury Airline, Middle East 2011 in the prestigious Business Destinations Travel Awards 2011.
  • "Most Promising New Foreign Airline of the Year" award that was held by the Malaysia Airports Berhad at a ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur.
  • 'Best Business Class Airline, Middle East' in the prestigious Business Destinations Travel Awards 2012.
  • Oman Air has, for the second year running, won ‘Best Business Class Airline Seat’ at the prestigious World Airline Awards™, run by Skytrax.

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Frequent flyer program[edit]

Sindbad is Oman Air’s frequent flyer program, launched in 2007. It is a three tier frequent flyer program managed directly by Oman Air. The three tiers are Sindbad Blue, Sindbad Silver which requires 25,000 Tier miles or flown 20 segments on Oman Air in a calendar year and then will require 20,000 Tier miles or 15 Tier segments in a calendar year to maintain the Sindbad Silver Tier level, Sindbad Gold which requires 50,000 Tier miles or 40 Tier segments in a calendar and will require 30,000 Tier miles or 30 Tier segments in a calendar year to maintain the Sinbad Gold Tier. Sindbad has a partnership agreement with the respective program of Etihad Airways and miles can be earned through a number of Sindbad partners.[33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Oman Air. "Our Networks". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Dron, Alan (10 August 2014). "Oman Air appoints new CEO". Air Transport World.  Archived 10 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Oman Air Profile". 
  4. ^ Contact Us, Direct image link. Oman Air. Retrieved on 3 December 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "History". Oman Air. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  6. ^ MAX KINGSLEY-JONES (MAX KINGSLEY-). "Emerging power". Flight Global. Retrieved 10 December 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ a b Kaminski-Morrow, David (19 March 2007). "Oman Air goes long-haul.". Airline Business. Retrieved 2008-04-04. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Oman looks to its local carrier after Gulf Air move.". Flight International. 15 May 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-04. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Expansion 2007". Oman Air. 25 November 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-21. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Expansion 2007". Oman Air. 11 January 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-21. [dead link]
  11. ^ Times of Oman. Times of Oman (2009-06-22). Retrieved on 2010-12-10.[dead link]
  12. ^ Oman Air buys 5 Embraer 175 E – Jets. Zawya.com (2009-11-17). Retrieved on 2010-12-10.
  13. ^ a b "Oman Air launches full mobile phone and WiFi connectivity on new A330s". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Combined Services Oman Air adds first combined in-flight WiFi and mobile phone services - ...". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "WiFi inflight airplane mobile telephony onboard OnAir". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Fact Sheet". Omanair.com. Retrieved 2011-05-25. 
  17. ^ Oman Air wins ‘Airline of the Year’
  18. ^ "Oman Air studies move to 50-strong fleet by 2017". Flightglobal.com. 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  19. ^ a b c http://ch-aviation.com/portal/news/37007-oman-air-to-phase-out-atr-embraer-fleets
  20. ^ "Oman Air Emirates Airlines sign codeshare". arabianbusiness.com. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Ethiopian Airlines and Oman Air Enter in to Code Share Agreement" (Press release). Ethiopian Airlines. 2 April 2013. Archived from the original on 3 April 2013. 
  22. ^ http://www.aviationpros.com/press_release/12082041/oman-air-partners-with-garuda-for-new-codeshare-agreement
  23. ^ "Oman Airm Qatar Airways sign codeshare". arabianbusiness.com. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  24. ^ "Royal Jordanian and Oman Air enter free sale codeshare agreement". Traveldailynews.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  25. ^ "Turkish Airlines signs code-share agreement with Oman Air". Indiainfoline.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  26. ^ http://ch-aviation.com/portal/airline/WY#al_profile_tab_fleet
  27. ^ http://www.omanair.com/en/flying-us/fleet-information
  28. ^ "Boeing, Oman Air Announce Order for Five Next-Generation 737s". Boeing. Boeing Communications. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  29. ^ a b "CORRECTED-Oman Air says orders 20 Boeing 737s; to double fleet by 2020". Reuters. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  30. ^ a b "Oman Air plans ambitious fleet expansion as 787s & 737s are acquired while ATRs & Embraers are axed". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  31. ^ "Oman Air Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  32. ^ http://www.omanair.com/en/about-us/awards-and-achievements/awards
  33. ^ "Frequent Flyers | Oman Air Sindbad". Sindbad.omanair.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 

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