Adding to the service currently operating between Muscat and Calicut (Kozhikode), Oman Air has announced the launch of its new daily direct flight between Salalah and Calicut, Kerala. Flights will start on March 27th in the latest move in the airline’s ambitious and dynamic programme of fleet and network expansion.
A new Boeing B737-800 has joined its fleet of Oman Air. This new aircraft will be used on short and medium haul routes and has a capacity of 162 seats, with 12 Business class seats of seat pitch 46 inches and 150 Economy class seats with seat pitch 30 inches.
Paul Gregorowitsch, chief executive of Oman Air, speaks to Breaking Travel News about the carrier’s continued growth, recent bilateral partnership with India, and Omanisation of the airline.
Oman Air is growing its capacity to India, where it will increase its weekly frequencies from 126 to 161 flights per week. The carrier currently flies between Oman and 11 destinations in India.
Both daily Muscat to London flights operated by Oman Air will arrive at and depart from Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport from January 31st, 2017. Currently the twice daily Oman Air flights operate from Terminals 3 and 4; the presence at just one terminal at one of the world’s busiest airports will further enhance the guest experience on one of Oman Air’s flagship routes.
Continued fleet and network expansion together with a renewed focus on on-board services and developments will be a priority for Oman Air in 2017; ensuring the airline of the Sultanate of Oman continues to drive up revenues, increases its growing contribution to the national economy and delivers against its ten year development plan.
Oman Air will introduce a new policy on baggage, moving away from the traditional weight based allowance and excess baggage charge to a more simple policy based on number of bags being checked-in, that will save money for traveling guests. The new policy will come into effect on January 9th.
As Oman Air continues to expand in the UK, with a double daily flight from London Heathrow to Muscat and the launch of the new Manchester flight in 2017, the national airline for the Sultanate of Oman has recruited a completely new UK sales team during 2016. The team, all working from the airline’s Hammersmith offices in London will develop and grow the UK business focussing on both direct and trade sales.
Oman Air will start operating flights from its hub in Muscat to Guangzhou, China, from December 9th. Guangzhou is Oman Air’s first destination in China. The launch of the new route is in response to significant customer demand also demonstrates Oman Air’s commitment to continuing it ambitious network expansion programme, first unveiled in 2014.