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Oman Air
الطيران العماني
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1993 (1993)
HubsMuscat International Airport
Frequent-flyer programSindbad
Fleet size34
Parent companyOman Investment Authority
HeadquartersMuscat International Airport, Muscat, Oman
Key people
  • Saeed Bin Hamoud Al-Mawali (Chairman)
  • Con Korfiatis (CEO)

Oman Air (Arabic: الطيران العماني) is the flag carrier of Oman.[2] Based at Muscat International Airport in Muscat, it operates domestic and international passenger services, as well as regional air taxi and charter flights.[3]



Oman was one of the four shareholders of Gulf Air, alongside the emirate of Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and Bahrain. It was also the last nation to exit from the carrier, leaving in 2007.[citation needed]

Oman Air traces its roots back to 1970 when Oman International Services (OIS) was established. The company became a civil aircraft ground handling provider at Beit Al Falaj Airport.[4] In 1973, 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 its Aircraft Engineering Division in the same year. Oman's rapidly expanding civil aviation industry led OIS to build several facilities – including hangars, workshops and in-flight catering – to cater for the increase in activity.[4]

In 1981, Oman Aviation Services became a joint-stock company. OAS also purchased 13 aircraft from Gulf Air, allowing the company to replace its turboprop Fokker 27-600 with the −500 series.[4] 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,[4] and new facilities to help it improve its services.


A former Oman Air ATR 42-500 in 2004.

In 1993, Oman Air was founded. The airline's inaugural flight took place in March 1993, when a leased Boeing 737-300 from Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services (AWAS) flew from Muscat to Salalah.[5] In July of the same year, the airline's first international flight was operated to Dubai, also utilising a Boeing 737-300.[4] Flights to other destinations quickly followed, with Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) services starting in November, Kuwait and Karachi in January 1994, and Colombo in October 1994.[4] In 1995, two Airbus A320s were wet-leased from Region Air of Singapore to replace the 737s. From 1995 to 1997, new services were introduced to Mumbai, Dhaka, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Chennai. In October 1998, Oman Air became a member of the international aviation industry trade group International Air Transport Association (IATA). By the end of the following year, Gwadar, Peshawar, Jeddah and Al Ain were included in the airline's expanding route network, although the former two, along with a host of other destinations, were discontinued in 2000.[4]


In March 2007, the Omani government recapitalised the airline, which saw the government increasing its shareholding from approximately 33 to 80 percent.[6] It was also announced that Oman Air would be re-evaluating its strategic plans, with a possibility of entering the long-haul market.[6] This culminated in May 2007 when Oman withdrew from Gulf Air to focus on the development of its national flag carrier, leaving Bahrain as the sole owner of the airline.[7] Oman Air commenced long-haul services on 26 November 2007 by launching flights to Bangkok and London.[8]

On 2 April 2007, Oman Air announced it had placed a firm order with Airbus for 5 Airbus A330 aircraft, with delivery scheduled for 2009. At the 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 A330-200s from Jet Airways.[9] During the 2009 Dubai Air Show, Oman Air also finalised an order for five Embraer 175 aircraft with another 5 options, which the airline received from 2011.[10]

In March 2010, Oman Air became the first airline in the world to offer both mobile phone and Wi-Fi connectivity on selected routes.[11][12][13]

Development since 2010[edit]

A former Oman Air Airbus A330-300 which has been phased-out due to restructuring measures in 2024.

By November 2010, the Omani government held a 99.8 percent stake in the airline.[14] In 2010 Maitha Al Mahrouqi was appointed Country Manager.[15][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 stated that Oman Air was planning to have a 50 aircraft strong fleet by 2017.[18] In April 2015, Oman Air announced it would phase out its smaller aircraft to focus on an all Airbus and Boeing fleet.[19] Two ATR 42-500 aircraft were withdrawn by the end of 2015 while the four Embraer 175 and the Boeing 737-700 aircraft were both retired by the end of 2016.[20] In April 2017 Oman Air announced plans to replace its A330s with Airbus A350s or Boeing 787s. In July 2017, Oman Air received the award for "Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East" at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.[21] In addition, the Seven Stars Luxury Lifestyle and Hospitality Awards named Oman Air the "Best Airline in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa" for the second year in a row.[22] In October 2018, the CEO of Oman Air, Abdulaziz bin Saud al Raisi, announced that the airline was aiming to add over 60 new destinations and 70 new aircraft by 2022.[23]

In June 2019, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) granted the level 4 New Distribution Capability (NDC) certification to the airline. The carrier became one of the first airlines to function on the latest standards, adding the title to its existing level 3 NDC certification.[24] Oman Air and Kenya Airways announced the expansion of their codeshare cooperation, which was first signed in August 2017. The expansion, effective since 1 October 2019, increased destinations for their flyers, where they were allowed to seamlessly travel beyond Nairobi to Entebbe in Uganda and Johannesburg in South Africa.[25]

In February 2021, Oman Air announced it would abandon fleet expansion plans due to lower demand as COVID-19 emerged. Chairman Mohammed Al-Barwani announced a reduction of aircraft from 50 to 36 aircraft.[26] Additionally, a few non-profitable routes, including Athens and Casablanca, were terminated.[27] In September 2021, Oman Air announced its intentions to join the Oneworld alliance by the end of 2022.[28] This was followed by an announcement in June 2022 that Oman Air would join the alliance in 2024.[citation needed]

In August 2023, Oman Air announced a new program to restructure the airline after an assessment was conducted of the airline's commercial and financial performance. Saeed Al Mawali, chairman of the airline, stated that the program would focus on four areas; financial sustainability, corporate governance, commercial aspects, and human capital. He added that a qualified team would be required to implement the program over 2-3 years.[29]

In February 2024, Oman Air announced it would retire its fleet of 10 Airbus A330 aircraft by March 2024 as well as to cease operations on four routes and downsize operations on several others as part of ongoing restructuring efforts.[30]

Corporate affairs[edit]

The business class cabin aboard a former Oman Air Airbus A330-300.

Frequent flyer program[edit]

Sindbad is Oman Air's frequent flyer program, launched in 2006. It is a three-tier frequent flyer program; the three tiers are Sindbad Blue, Sindbad Silver and Sindbad Gold. Sindbad also has a partnership agreement with the respective program of Etihad Airways and miles can be earned through several Sindbad partners.[31]


  • Oman Air became the Presenting Sponsor for the 2015 NBO Golf Classic Grand Final.[32]
  • In July 2023, Oman Air became the global airline partner for Chelsea FC. The partnership will run until 2026.[33]


The original livery features a white fuselage with red and green cheatlines, with the airline's English and Arabic names written in red and green, respectively. Oman's national symbol, the Khanjar, is painted in red on the vertical stabilizer.[citation needed] In the late 1990s, the livery was revised, with the cheatlines removed but the corporate red-green palette kept. A new red vertical stabilizer was introduced, with the khanjar repainted in white and a green stripe painted on the rear fuselage. For aircraft with wingtips, the logo was added on them with a solid red background.[citation needed] The current livery also features a white fuselage, but the vertical stabilizer changed to blue, and an incense smoke replacing the khanjar as the official logo. Oman Air's names in Arabic and English are now painted in gold and silver, respectively.[citation needed]


As of April 2024, Oman Air operates a network of 44 destinations in 24 countries out of its hub at Muscat. The country that sees the most services is India with 10 destinations.[34]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Oman Air has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[35]


Oman Air Boeing 737-800
Oman Air Boeing 787-8

Current fleet[edit]

As of April 2024, Oman Air operates an all-Boeing fleet composed of the following aircraft:[39][40]

Oman Air fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers[41] Notes
F C Y Total
Boeing 737-800 6 12 150 162
Boeing 737-900ER 5 12 171 183 To be phased-out and acquired by Sun Country Airlines by late 2025.[42]
Boeing 737 MAX 8 13 7[43] 12 150 162[44]
Boeing 787-8 2 18 249 267
Boeing 787-9 2 9[45] 8 24 232 264
5 30 258 288
Oman Air Cargo fleet
Boeing 737-800BCF 1 Cargo
Total 34 10

Historic fleet[edit]

Oman Air had additionally previously operated the following aircraft:[46]

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
Airbus A330-200 2009 2024[30]
Airbus A330-300 2009 2024[30]
ATR 42-500 1998 2015
Boeing 737-300 1993 1995
Boeing 737-400 1999 2002 Leased from Pegasus Airlines
Boeing 737-700 1999 2015
Boeing 757-200 1996 1996 Leased from Royal Brunei Airlines
Boeing 767-200ER 2007 2008 Leased from Malév Hungarian Airlines
Embraer 175 2011 2020
Fokker F27-500 1995 2009


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