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Oman Air
IATA
WY
ICAO
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Callsign
OMAN AIR
Founded 1981
Hubs Muscat International Airport
Frequent flyer program Sindbad Frequent Flyer
Member lounge Oman Air Lounge
Fleet size 21 (+17 orders)
Destinations 32
Company slogan Modern Vision. Timeless Traditions...
Parent company Government of Oman
Headquarters Muscat, Oman
Key people Peter Hill (CEO) [1]
Website www.omanair.com

Oman Air (Arabic: الطيران العماني‎) is the national airline of Oman. Based in Muscat, 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. As of 1st March 2010, Oman Air has become first airline in the world to offer both Mobile Phone Calling, SMS & Wi-Fi Internet services on select routes.

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History

Oman Air was established in 1981 and started operations in 1993 as Oman Aviation Services following a merger of Gulf Air's Light Aircraft Division and Oman International Services. 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.[2] It was also announced that Oman Air would be re-evaluating its strategic plans, with a possibility of entering the long-haul market[2]. 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.[3] Oman Air commenced its long haul services on November 26, 2007 by launching flights to Bangkok and London.[4][5] With the arrival of its new Airbus A330-200/300 aircraft further long haul routes are planned. As of November 2009, the Omani government holds a 98.2 % majority stake in the airline.[6]

Destinations

As of December 2009, Oman Air operates 343 flights a week within a network of 32 destinations in 29 countries out of its primary hub in Muscat.

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Codeshare agreements

Oman Air has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[7]

Fleet

The Oman Air fleet consists of the following aircraft (at 1 February 2010):[8]

Oman Air Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Options Passengers
(First/Business/Economy)
Notes
Airbus A330-200 2 1 0 226 (0/30/196) Delivery: 2010
Airbus A330-300 2 1 0 230 (6/20/204) Delivery: 2010
ATR 42-500 2 0 0 46 (0/0/46)
Boeing 737-700 2 0 0 114 (0/12/102)
Boeing 737-800 13 4 0 154 (0/12/142) Deliveries: 2009-2011
Boeing 787-8 0 6 0 TBD All to be leased from ALAFCO[9]
Entry into service: 2014
Embraer 175 0 5 5 72 (0/12/60) Entry into service: 2011[10]
Total 21 17 5

On 2 April 2007, Oman Air announced it had placed a firm order with Airbus for five Airbus A330 aircraft for delivery in 2009. At the Dubai Air Show of the same year, Oman Air finalised the order, which involved three A330-300's and two A330-200's. Deliveries started during the third quarter of 2009. In February 2009, Oman Air announced intentions to lease another two A330-200 from Jet Airways.[11] It will only have Business and economy class.[11]

During the 2009 Dubai Air Show, Oman Air Air finalised an order for five Embraer 175 aircraft with another five options, which the airlne will get delivered from 2011 onwards. Whilst four of these aircraft will operate on Oman Air's domestic network, the fifth will be used by the Royal Omani Police.[12]

Frequent flyer program

Sindbad is the airline's frequent flyer program, launched in 2007. Sindbad has a partnership agreement with the respective programs of Etihad Airways and Gulf Air.

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