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FORMED IN 1981 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1993. NATIONAL AIRLINE. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO BOX 2526
SEEB INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
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OMAN: POPULATION: 2.6 MILLION. IN SOME 30 YEARS, OMAN HAS TRANSFORMED ITSELF FROM A CLOSED SOCIETY TO A PROGRESSIVE SULTANATE THAT ENJOYS GOOD RELATIONS WITH MOST ARAB NATIONS AND THE WEST. OMAN SWEEPS ALONG THE ARABIAN SEA TO THE PERSIAN GULF. IT COVERS AN AREA OF 212,457 SQ KM. ITS CAPITAL CITY IS MUSCAT. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ARABIC. SEE ATTACHED MAP - - "OMR-MAP."
NOVEMBER 1993: THE GOVERNMENT OWNS 33.84%.
STARTED 737 EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS).
JANUARY 1994: 1 737-300 (CFM56-3C1), ANSETT WORLDWIDE (AWW) WET LEASED.
FEBRUARY 1995: 1 A320-200 (V2500-A1), EX-REGION AIR (RAE).
APRIL 1995: 2 737-300'S (CFM56-3C1) TO VIRGIN EXPRESS (EBA).
APRIL 1996: AWA M BAMUKHALEF, GENERAL MANAGER VISITED TUNISAIR (TUN).
JUNE 1996: "4C" CHECKS BY (GAMCO) (GUL) ON 2 REGIONAIR (RAE) WET-LEASED A320'S.
JULY 1996: INTENDS TO EXPAND FLEET. SHOWS INTEREST IN 757'S.
1 757-200ER (RB211-535E4), EX-ROYAL BRUNEI AIRLINES (RBA).
MAY 1997: 1 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1), REGIONAIR (RAE) WET-LEASED 3 YEARS (289).
FEBRUARY 1998: A320 (225), REGIONAIR (RAE) WET-LEASED, "4A" CHECK BY (GAMCO) (GUL).
APRIL 1998: 2,400 EMPLOYEES.
SEPTEMBER 1998: PLANS FOR LEASE OF 2 A310-300'S. FARNBOROUGH ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2 ORDERS (DECEMBER 1998) ATR 42-512'S. 2 ORDERS (JANUARY 1999) A310-300'S (JT9D-7R4) (409; 410), EX-SWISSAIR (SWS), (ILF) LEASED.
FEBRUARY 1999: 2 ATR42-512'S (PW127E) (574; 576) TO BE USED FOR NEW SERVICE TO DUBAI.
MARCH 1999: 2 A320-231'S (230, D-AFRO) TO AIRTOURS INTERNATIONAL (GUE); (225) TO AERO LLOYD (ACH) RETURNED TO ORIX. 737-42R (29107, TC-APD) PEGASUS AIRLINES (PGS) LEASED.
APRIL 1999: CODE SHARE WITH ROYAL JORDANIAN AIRLINES (RJA) TO AMMAN AND WITH SWISSAIR (SWS) TO ZURICH.
MAY 1999: 1ST A310-300, EX-SWISSAIR (SWS), (ILF) LEASED.
JUNE 1999: A320 (225) RETURNED TO LESSOR, TO IBERWORLD (IBW).
JULY 1999: A320 (289) RETURNED TO LESSOR, LEASED TO ROYAL JORDANIAN AIRLINES (RJA).
AUGUST 1999: 727-294 (22044), SAFAIR (SFA) LEASED.
2ND A310-300, EX-BAL (BALAIR), SWISSAIR (SWS) LEASED.
SEPTEMBER 1999: IN OCTOBER 1999, TO DAR ES SALAAM AND SANA'A. IN APRIL 2000, TO AMSTERDAM, LONDON AND SINGAPORE (A310).
1 727-200 (20843), EX-(TWA), NATIONWIDE (NWR) LEASED. PLANS TO DISPOSE OF 2 A320'S BY APRIL 2000 & ACQUIRE 3RD A310.
OCTOBER 1999: 2 A310-325'S (PW4000) (640; 642), EX-BALAIR/(CTA) (BAL), (ILF) LEASED.
NOVEMBER 1999: 737-400, PEGASUS AIRLINES (PGS) SHORT-TERM LEASED.
JANUARY 2000: SELLS F27-500 (10641) TO EAGLE AIR.
FEBRUARY 2000: MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR OMAN AIR (OMR) 2 A310-300'S (PW4000) TO SABENA TECHNICS (SAB).
APRIL 2000: PLANS SERVICE TO BAHRAIN AND SANA'A.
1 737-400, (ILF) WET-LEASED.
MAY 2000: ABDUL RAHMAN AL BUSAIDY GENERAL MANAGER.
1 727-86 (19172, EP-IRB), IRAN AIR (IRN) WET-LEASED.
JULY 2000: 1999 = 377 MILLION (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC; 70.9% LF LOAD FACTOR; 6.84 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC; 299,000 PASSENGERS (PAX); 2,400 EMPLOYEES.
FEBRUARY 2001: CODE SHARE WITH GULF AIR (GUL).
$96 MILLION 2/2 ORDERS (DECEMBER 2001) 737-700'S. 2 737-700'S & 1 737-800 LEASED TO REPLACE A310'S AND 737-400'S.
APRIL 2001: 2,545 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 69 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 165 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 296 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JULY 2001: 1 F27-500 (10641, A40-FE) RETURNED FROM EAGLE AIR (EGZ).
AUGUST 2001: TO COCHIN (INDIA) & ADDITIONAL FLIGHTS TO MUMBAI AND CHENNAI.
1 A320 (CFM56) (814) LOTUS AIR (LOU) WET-LEASED.
OCTOBER 2001: WHEN OMAN AIR (OMR) RECEIVES NEW 737-700'S IN 2002, WILL RESUME SERVICES TO BEIRUT AND CAIRO.
DECEMBER 2001: AZIZ AL-RAISI LINE MAINTENANCE SENIOR MANAGER. IBRAHIM AL SAGRY, TECHNICAL SENIOR MANAGER. ABDULLAH BURHAM QUALITY SENIOR MANAGER.
1 737-8Q8 (30652, A40-BN), (ILF) LEASED. 2 ATR 42-500'S (497; 501), CIMBER AIR LEASED.
JANUARY 2002: 2001 = 949.39 MILLION (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC (-2%); 730,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (0.0%).
2ND 737-7Q8 (ILF) LEASED (30649, A40-BS).
FEBRUARY 2002: BY THE END OF 2002 OMAN AIR (OMR) WILL HAVE 4 737NG'S AND 4 ATR'S. 737NG'S WILL OPERATE TO ABU DHABI (AUH); AL AIN (ANN); MUMBAI (BOM); COCHIN (COK); DUBAI (DXB); DHAKA (DAC); KUWAIT CITY (KWI); SALALAH (SLL); AND THRIVANTHAPURM (TRV).
RETURNS LAST LEASED A310-300.
MARCH 2002: SITA: MCTCZWY.
APRIL 2002: 2,416 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 74 FLIGHT CREW (FC); 169 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA); & 149 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
MAIN BASE: MUSCAT - SEEB INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MCT). SITA: MCTZBWY.
May 2002: Dubai to Beirut (3x-weekly) and to Mombasa.
July 2002: 2001 = 949 million (RPK) traffic (-2%); 66% LF load factor; 730,000 passengers (PAX); 2,270 employees (-11.2%). 1st 6 months = 520.65 million (RPK) (+15%); 385,000 passengers (PAX) (+7%).
To Cairo, Karachi, and Colombo.
Receives Oman award for excellence as the "best tourism promoter of 2001."
737-71M (33103, A40-BO) delivery.
August 2002: $3.3 billion expansion of the Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Fujairah airports in the (UAE), Kuwait's Airspace System, and a new terminal at the International Airport in Muscat.
To Colombo (737-700, 2x-weekly).
September 2002: 737-86Q returned to Travel Service (TSF).
October 2002: 1 737-86Q Travel Service (TSF) 10 month wet-leased.
February 2003: Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 = 848,000 passengers (PAX) (+16%).
April 2003: 2,270 employees (including 177 Cabin Attendants (CA)).
July 2003: 2002 = -$7.38 million (-$13.89 million): 1.19 billion (RPK) traffic (+25.3%); 66.9% LF load factor; 848,000 passengers (PAX) (+16.1%).
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billion):
193 (SAP) 1.29; 194 (AZR) 1.27; 195 (WUH) 1.24; 196 (MAK) 1.20; 197 (CEB) 1.19; 198 (OMR) 1.19; 199 (BEE) 1.19; 200 (ARK) 1.17; 201 (SKM) 1.13; 202 (LUX) 1.10; 203 (ACE) 1.09.
737-81M (33104, A40-BR) delivery.
September 2003: Oman Air (OMR) shareholders will raise the company's capital from $30 million to $128 million.
Plans to add service to Delhi and Hyderabad. In October 2003, Khasab to Dubai (3x-weekly).
January 2004: Parent, Oman Aviation Services 2003 = -OMR 1.2 million/-$3.1 million (-OMR 1.7 million). Oman Air (OMR) = -$6.26 million (-$7.38 million): 1.41 billion (RPK) traffic (+18.3%); 66.3% LF load factor; 927,000 passengers (PAX) (+9.3%); 3.7 million (FTK) freight traffic (+1.8%).
+1 737-800 in June 2004.
February 2004: Extends code share with Gulf Air (GUL), Muscat to Dar Es Salaam, Mombasa, and Zanzibar. In April 2004, Oman to Muscat (6x-weekly); Oman to Bahrain. In June 2004, Oman to Delhi and Hyderabad.
September 2004: Selects Boeing & Air France Industries (AFA) for a joint component services support program for its 737-700's & 737-800's.
Multiyear agreement with Shepherd Systems to provide access to Shepherd's Clarity, a "cost-effective marketing intelligence system utilizing (MIDT) data to provide fact-based, concise and strategic market intelligence."
November 2004: 2,567 employees (including 98 Flight Crew (FC), 158 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 37 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
December 2004: Signed multiyear agreement with Sabre Airline Solutions for AirFlite Planning & Scheduling Suite, Planet profitability forecasting system, Traverse loyalty management system, SabreSonic Web Internet booking engine, AirMax Revenue Manager and SabreSonic Ticket e-ticketing solution.
January 2005: 2004 = 983,000 passengers (+6.04%).
March 2005: 737-81M (34242, A40-BJ) delivery.
April 2005: 737-700 delivery.
July 2005: 998 employees.
October 2005: Has 3 737-800's retrofitted with blended winglets by Malaysia Air Systems (MAS) in Kuala Lumpur.
January 2006: 2005 = 1,135,000 passengers (+15.46%).
May 2006: Oman Air (OMR) launched a summer schedule May 1, featuring service increases to Beirut, Bahrain and Doha to daily, addition of 5x-weekly to its Cairo route, and 14x-weekly flights on its Kuwait route, and an increase in its Dubai service from 27x-weekly flights to 44x-. (OMR) will operate 124x-weekly flights out of its Muscat hub.
Muscat - Beirut to 7x- a week via Dubai (737);
Muscat - Bahrain to 7x- a week nonstop (737);
Muscat - Doha to 7x- a week nonstop (737);
Muscat - Cairo to 5x- a week nonstop (737);
Muscat - Kuwait to 2x- a day, 1 nonstop, 1 via Dubai.
June 2006: Oman Air (OMR) plans to add +2 737-800s, 1 of which will replace an existing 737-700. The new airplanes will increase the fleet to 5 737-800s and 2 737-700s.
November 2006: (IATA) (ITA) Director General, Giovanni Bisignani warned airlines and governments in the Middle East not to "lose the plot on cost-efficiency" and to "differentiate growth and profitability" in an address to the Arab Air Carriers Organization Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Kuwait. Bisignani recognized the "emerging and impressive success story" of Arab carriers with their double-digit growth in the past 4 years and year-to-date increases of +17% in cargo traffic and +15% in passenger traffic. "Both are about 3x- the global average," he said, while noting that the $38 billion list of major airport projects is "leading the industry" and that airlines are investing significantly to keep pace with $60 billion in orders for 350 airplanes.
"Growth is not a guarantee for profitability," he warned. "Running 4 enormous hubs in a small geographic area such as the Gulf will be a challenge. Look at SE Asia: Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur have world-class hubs. 2 are working to meet growing demand and 1 is struggling to attract traffic. This is with a regional market of 3.5 billion people. The whole Middle East/North Africa (MENA) population is only 380 million. The critical question is, how do we make sure your emerging success story has a happy ending?"
Bisignani called on the Middle East and North Africa to up their participation in 3 of (IATA) (ITA)'s main initiatives: Safety, Simplifying the Business, and liberalization. There still are 10 (IATA) carriers in the region who have not started the (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification process, including four (AACO) members. Kuwait Airways (KUW) earned its certificate this month. The (AGM) adopted a resolution making (IOSA) certification conditional to membership from 2008.
Regarding (IATA)'s effort to achieve 100% e-ticketing by the end of 2007, Bisignani said: "We will surpass our 70% global target for this year. The Middle East/North Africa, however, is dead last at 13%." Some carriers have yet to issue a single e-ticket while Emirates (EAD)and Oman Air (OMR) have 59% and 46% penetration, respectively. "I am ringing the alarm bell, not raising the white flag. Look at what happened in China. E-ticketing (ET) went from 11% in 2005, to 80% in a year. They went from nearly last to 1st, so there is no reason why Arab carriers can't achieve the same. But the clock is ticking and only 405 days remain until the deadline. (ET) penetration must increase by over +6% per month."
December 2006: Oman Air (OMR) carried 931,753 passengers in the 1st 9 months of the year, up +10% over the previous year, with a load factor of 75% LF.
(OMR) inaugurated nonstop service from Muscat to Amman on December 11th. (OMR) operates 3x-weekly, on Mondays & Saturdays using a 737-800, and Wednesdays using a 737-700.
(OMR) management presented a 5-year business plan that includes expansion into long-haul services to its board and the country's Ministry of National Economy, according to (CEO) Ziad Karim Al-Haremi.
"We're looking to develop a network spanning 42 destinations, of which 11 [would be] long-haul," he said in Kuwait recently, adding that (OMR) is aiming to commence its 1st long-haul flights in the fall of 2008.
(OMR) plans to introduce 3 long-haul airplanes into its fleet in 2008 and an additional +2 in 2009. "We're seeking airplanes with 230/240-seat capacity, which leaves us initially only with the A330 and in a later stage, maybe the 787 when it comes," noted Al-Haremi, who was appointed acting (CEO) in September 2005 and confirmed as permanent (CEO) in October. According to insiders, (OMR) also is considering the 767-300ER or 767-400ER. Its 1st long-haul airplane will be leased.
Al-Haremi said long-haul destinations could include London, Paris, Stockholm, Zurich, Milan, Munich, Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Bangkok for outbound traffic. (OMR), in which the Oman government holds a 34% stake, presently operates 10 airplanes: 3 737-700s, 737-800s and 4 ATRs. It will phase out 2 ATRs by the end of 2008. (OMR) is scheduled to receive 2 new 737-800s in May 2007 and March 2008 and recently decided to take in an 737-800 next year. "We will lease the latter," he said. "We need it to support our rapid growth."
(OMR) recently launched 3x-weekly service from its Muscat hub to Amman. In May, it will commence flights to Damascus and Teheran and in June, it will add 2 new points in India, and increase frequencies to its existing Indian destinations under a new bilateral between India and Oman.
February 2007: 2006 = +OMR2.89 million (+OMR1 million); 1.226 million passengers (+8.02%).
The Omani government is planning to increase its holding in Oman Air (OMR) from 33.4% to >80% through an injection that would lift (OMR)'s capital to OMR50 million/$129.5 million from OMR13.3 million. The recap would support plans to buy wide bodied airplanes, as it looks to launch several long-haul routes. Aviation Services (CEO) Ziad Karim Al Haremi said the government is interested in promoting and investing in tourism, but that (OMR)'s long-haul expansion will cause it to "endure financial losses at least for the upcoming five years."
April 2007: Oman Air (OMR) signed a letter of intent (LOI) to purchase 5 A330-200s with deliveries starting in 2009, (CEO) Ziad Karim Al Haremi said, according to the "Oman News Agency." The order follows the Omani government's February OMR37 million/$95.9 million capital injection. Al Haremi said there were more orders to come and that the commitment is "just an initial [LOI] to secure the slots for us." He said the airline also will consider Boeing airplanes and that the "ideal" equipment would have 230 to 240 seats. The carrier is evaluating an expansion of its long-haul operation and is awaiting a report from international consultants, he added.
May 2007: Starting June 1st, Muscat to Jaipur, using 737-700s.
737-81M (30721, A40-BB), (ILF) leased.
August 2007: Oman Airlines (OMR) signed an agreement to lease 3 Airbus (EDS) airplanes as part of the company's new plan to run direct flights to Europe and the Far East. An official in the Omani airlines told "KUNA" that an agreement has been signed to open new routes to Europe and the Far East starting in November. He said the new airplanes are type A330 and A310 and will arrive in October.
Opening new routes will help boost the country's economic and touristic movement between Oman, Europe and the Far East, he added.
The Omani government owns 80% of the airline.
September 2007: Oman Air (OMR) plans to launch daily Muscat to London Gatwick service in November, the Arab Air Carriers Organization said. It will use A330s and A310-300s.
(OMR) will lease 3 Airbus (EDS) airplanes as part of its plan to launch new long-haul services in November, the Arab Air Carriers Organization confirmed. The 1st 2 airplanes, an A330 and an A310, will arrive in October. The A330 will operate to Europe, while the A310 will fly on Middle Eastern routes and to Bangkok and other destinations.
September 2007: Oman Air (OMR) signed an agreement with Aviation Lease and Finance Co (ALAFCO) (AVF) to lease 6 787s for 12 years, with deliveries occurring in 2012, 2014 and 2015, the Arab Air Carriers Organization reported.
November 2007: Oman Air (OMR) operates scheduled domestic and international, passenger, jet airplane services, together with local air taxi and charter work.
Employees = 1,097.
(IATA) Code: WY - 910. (ICAO) Code: OMA (Callsign - KHANJAR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Oman government (82%);& private Omani companies (18%).
Alliances: Emirates (EAD); Gulf Air (GUL); SriLankan Airlines (LNK); & Swiss International (CSR).
Main Base: Muscat Seeb International Airport (MCT). SITA: MCTZBWY.
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Khasab; Muscat; & Salalah.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Abu Dhabi; Bahrain; Beirut; Cairo; Chennai; Dar Es Salaam; Doha; Dubai; Kochi; Kuwait; Mumbai; Thiruvananthapuram; & Zanzibar.
(OMR) will launch 5x-weekly Muscat to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi service November 28 aboard a 767. It also confirmed it will begin London Gatwick flights on November 26. Services to other Europe and Far East destinations are planned to follow hard on the heels of London to expand the intercontinental route network further, with Frankfurt, Munich, Milan, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Jakarta. By year end, plans to be operating to 28 destinations. At present, the route network covers Dubai from both Muscat and Salalah; Abu Dhabi; Bahrain; Doha; & Kuwait in the Gulf; Mumbai; Delhi; Hyderabad; Kochi; Trivandrum; Chennai; Jaipur; & Lucknow in India; Chittagong in Bangladesh (the 1st nonstop service by a Middle Eastern carrier); & Cairo, Beirut; Riyadh; Jeddah; & Amman in the Middle East. In addition, it operates domestic services to Salalah in Oman's southern Dhofar province and Khasab in the far north.
737-8BK (29685, A40-BA), (CIT) Group (TCI) leased.
January 2008: Oman is planning to build 3 new regional airports in Adam, Haima, and Shaleem. The government has allocated $43.9 million for consultancy studies, design and supervision of the proposed airports, the Arab Air Carriers Organization reported. The country also is planning to expand facilities at Muscat and Salalah.
Oman Air (OMR) and Etihad Airways (EHD) announced a reciprocal loyalty program agreement.
Rolls-Royce (RRC) reached a deal with Oman Air (OMR) for (Trent 700) engines to power its 5 purchased and 2 leased A330s that begin delivery in 2009. The value of the contract, which includes a TotalCare package, is $460 million at list prices.
March 2008: Oman Aviation Services, parent of Oman Air (OMR), will invest $4.2 million >4 years to upgrade Information Technology (IT) at Muscat International. (SITA) will install and maintain "AirportConnect Open," its common use passenger processing system, that supports "CUTE," dedicated and Web applications on the same common use workstations, in addition to SITA BagManager and PassengerHandler. Last year, Oman Air (OMR) carried >1.5 million passengers to and from Muscat, a +23,4% increase over 2006.
2 737-81Ms (35108, A40-BU, RBS Aerospace leased; 35272, A40-BP, (ILF) leased), leased.
April 2008: Oman Air (OMR) announced the sudden death of its (CEO), Ziad Al-Haremi on April 9th. He was taken ill sudeenly with a suspected heart attack. Darwish bin Ismail Al Balushi was appointed acting (CEO).
"OnAir" announced that (OMR) and Jazeera Airways (JZI) will begin offering its in-flight passenger communications services. (OMR) will install Mobile OnAir on 7 new A330s to be delivered next year, offering the full range of in-flight connectivity, including voice, (SMS), e-mails with attachments and Internet connectivity. (JZI) will provide its passengers with OnAir's in-flight mobile phone services, including voice, (SMS), and (GPRS), starting this year. Jazeera (JZI)'s 6 A320s flying in the Middle East will be retrofitted with OnAir equipment. It has 34 additional A320s on order that will be line-fitted.
June 2008: Oman Air (OMR) transported 445,923 passengers in the first quarter, a +49.9% increase from the year-ago period. It said it lost money during the quarter "because of the foremost expansion programs to make the airline competitive."
IBS Software reached agreement with (OMR) to provide its AvientCrew and AvientFleet technology to streamline crew rostering, tracking and fleet management processes. The technology features decision support, cost optimization, and advanced scheduling capabilities.
July 2008: Peter Hill, ex-SriLankan Airlines (LNK)/Emirates (EAD), CEO.
August 2008: A310-304 (565, CS-TEX), Hi Fly (LXA) wet-leased, ex-(F-WWCC).
January 2009: 2008 = 1.984 million passengers (+31.13%).
Oman Air (OMR) launched daily, Muscat - London Heathrow service.
February 2009: Singapore and Oman announced an "open skies" agreement covering both passenger and cargo flights.
737-81Q (35287, A40-BD), (ILF) leased.
March 2009: Oman Air (OMR) (CEO) Peter Hill said (OMR) will continue to enhance its network despite the current industry downturn and expects to operate to up to 40 destinations by year end. It currently serves 27. Hill was at the Aviation Outlook Middle East conference in Abu Dhabi. (OMR) plans to add Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt, Colombo and Male this year. (OMR) recently took delivery of a 737-800, bringing its fleet to 15 airplanes, and expects to take +4 more 737-800s and 4 A330-300s in the coming months. +3 more A330-300s will arrive in 2011 and it still is scheduled to take 6 787s in 2012. It carried 2 million passengers in 2008, up +31% from the prior year, and hopes to transport 2.4 million in 2009.
(OMR) detailed some of its long-haul expansion plans and will operate flights from Muscat to Frankfurt (6x-weekly, from September 17), Paris Charles de Gaulle (4x-weekly, from October 11) and Colombo/Male (4x-weekly, from October 12).
Rockwell Collins was selected by (OMR) to provide avionics, including its MultiScan Hazard Detection System, for 12 yet-to-be delivered 737NGs (6 leased, 6 directly purchased). It also will retrofit (OMR)'s 9 existing 737NGs with its data link system.
(OMR) will boost its fleet count from 15 to 23 this year, adding 737-
800s and A330-300s. Of the 4 A330s it is scheduled to take delivery of this year, 2 will be A330-200s with 2 classes of seating and 2 will be A330-300s featuring first (F), business (C) and economy (Y) cabins.
April 2009: 737-8FZ (29682, A40-BM), (BBB) leased.
May 2009: A330-243 (807, VT-JWE), Jet Airways (JPL) wet-leased - - SEE PHOTO - - "OMR-A330-243-2009-05." These airplanes will be assigned to daily flights from Muscat to London Heathrow and 6x-weekly flights to Bangkok.
June 2009: Oman Air (OMR) took delivery of its 13th 737NG, a 737-8Q8 (37161, A40-BE), (ILF) leased. +2 more 737s are expected to arrive in October.
August 2009: Oman Air (OMR) will launch flights from Muscat to Frankfurt (4x-weekly from September 30) and Munich (3x-weekly from October 1) aboard A330-200s. Routes will be operated with A330-300s from December.
(SITA) won a $4.6 million, 5-year contract from (OMR) to implement and maintain a voice and data hybrid network solution for the airline connecting 50 offices worldwide.
(OMR) took delivery of the 1st of 7 A330-243s (1038, A40-DA - - "OMR-A330-243-2009-08") ordered in 2007. The airplane is powered by (Trent 700)s and is configured with 20 seats in business class (C) and 196 in economy (Y). It was acquired under a lease agreement with Dublin-based (AWAS) (AWW) and will be deployed on long-haul routes from Muscat to London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Frankfurt, as well as destinations in Asia. 5 of the 7 airplanes were ordered directly from Airbus (EDS).
(OMR) (CEO) Peter Hill said (OMR) is not certain it will stick with its commitment to lease 6 787s from (ALAFCO) (AVF). (OMR) signed a contract with (AVF) 2 years ago. "I think we will take a decision once it has flown. Let's see when it flies," Hill told "Reuters."
"There have to be concerns about Boeing (TBC)'s ability to deliver that airplane as it was originally designed. My predecessors bought it on the basis of a whole load of performance guarantees and delivery dates. So far, (TBC) haven't demonstrated that the confidence we put in it is going to be met in the near future," he said. "(TBC) are playing it very close to their chest. It doesn't help for great dialogue between customers and the company and that is a criticism. We are not being kept informed enough on what's really going on. That begs the question, do they really know how to solve some of these issues?"
September 2009: A330-243 (1038, A40-DA), Pegasus (PSS) leased.
October 2009: Oman Air (OMR) launched 4x-weekly, Frankfurt - Muscat service and 3x-weekly, Muscat - Munich flights aboard A330-200s.
2 737-8FZs (29637, A40-BF; 29664, A40-BG), (BBB) leased and 2 A330-243s (1044, A40-DB), and (1049, A40-DC), (AWW) leased.
November 2009: Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) and Oman Air (OMR) signed a letter of intent (LOI) to establish a technical support center serving both (OMR)'s growing fleet and 3rd-party customers in the region. The facility will be housed in a new hangar to be built at Muscat International, which is undergoing modernization and expansion. The hangar will be able to handle 2 wide body and 2 single-aisle airplanes simultaneously and the 300 maintenance technicians (MT) and engineers will be able to perform routine maintenance up to light "C" checks on A330, 737NG and ATR 42 airplanes. (OMR) (CEO) Peter Hill said he anticipated "more mutual beneficial opportunities" with (LTK) in the future. (LTK) also will perform 15 "C" checks on the carrier's 737NGs in Malta, Budapest and Sofia starting in January - - SEE ATTACHED - - "OMR-2009-11 MRO LTK."
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(OMR) signed a contract for 5 E175s plus 5 purchase rights, with 4 of the 5 firm airplanes slated to fly in (OMR) colors and the 5th to be used by the Royal Omani Police. The deal is worth $177.5 million at list prices and could double if all 5 purchase rights are converted. 1st delivery is scheduled for the 2011 1st quarter, Embraer said, adding that (OMR) will be the Gulf region's 1st E-Jet operator. It will configure the airplane with 12 business class (C) and 60 economy (Y) seats.
A330-243 (1063, A40-DD), delivery.
January 2010: Oman Air (OMR) transported 2.325 million passengers in 2009, up +17.19% from the prior year, boosting revenue +67%. (OMR) increased its fleet by 8 airplane to 21 and its network by 5 destinations to 32. It plans to add +2 more A330s in 2010.
(OMR) will install both Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir on its A330 fleet starting next month, with installation scheduled to be complete over the summer. The airplanes have been fitted with the Airbus (EDS) ALNA V2 system, using Honeywell (SGC)'s SwiftBroadband solution.
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February 2010: Oman Air (OMR) named former Coca-Cola executive Philippe Georgiou Chief Officer Corporate Affairs.
March 2010: Oman Air (OMR) realizes that it is better to remain a "unique boutique airline, rather than to compete against Emirates (EAD) and company," (CEO) Peter Hill said. "What we are looking at is to develop Oman and to serve the country well for business and tourism," he said. (OMR) cannot match the big hubs in the region and will focus instead on point-to-point traffic.
"Of course some passengers will use Muscat to change airplanes, but we see this as a byproduct," Hill said, adding that by positioning itself as a boutique airline, it will attract passengers looking for quality on board service. "When you are at the back of the queue [of Middle East airlines], you can offer more than what the others do," he said, arguing that (OMR)'s size and flexibility will make it easier to maintain high standards. "I believe (OMR) will never operate >45 to 50 airplanes, a mix of narrow and wide bodies, growing in markets like Africa, Europe and Asia," he said.
(OMR) ordered 5 E175s last fall and expects to operate the airplanes beginning in 2011 on thinner routes as well as to new domestic destinations like Sohar, Ras Al Hadd, Duqm, and Adam. It currently operates 4 A330s, 15 737NGs and 2 ATR 42s.
By 2014, Hill said, (OMR) should be profitable and he did not rule out a privatization in the following two years. The government currently holds 98% of the airline. "The owners are very demanding that the Oman Air Group, which includes catering, hotels, airport handling and Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO), make a profit," he said.
(OMR) completed its first A330 flight offering Honeywell Inmarsat SwiftBroadband mobile and Wi-Fi Internet access. It currently offers GSM/GPRS and Wi-Fi aboard one A330 operating between Muscat and London Heathrow, with plans to expand it to the rest of the fleet.
Indra Sistemas of Spain was awarded an €85 million/$115.8 million contract to supply and install a new air traffic control (ATC) system in Oman. The equipment will be installed in Muscat, Salalah, Sohar, Ras Al Hadd, Duqum, and Adam. The project includes an automated ATM system, upgraded ground-air voice communications, weather forecasting, surface guidance and control systems and a retooled aeronautical message system.
A330-343 (1093, A40-DE) delivery.
May 2010: Employees = 5,000 of which 62% are Omani nationals.
This year, 15 pilot (FC) trainees were sent to a Pilot Training Program with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and 8 engineering (MT) trainees were sent to Air Services Training Ltd, Perth, Scotland.
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June 2010: Code share with Malaysia Airlines (MAS).
August 2010: Oman Air (OMR) will start daily, Muscat – Dammam service from September 1 aboard 737NGs. (OMR) will also start Muscat - Kathmandu from September, its 40th destination which will be offered with a 737-700 configured in business (C) and economy (Y) cabins.
November 2010: (CFM) International and Oman Air (OMR) signed a Rate per Flight Hour Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) agreement covering (OMR)’s fleet of 33 installed and spare (CFM56-7B) engines powering its 15 737NGs.
February 2011: Oman Air (OMR) launched 4x-weekly, A330 Muscat - Milan service.
April 2011: Oman Air (OMR) and British Midland International (BMA) launched a code share agreement on April 1, covering service between Muscat and Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Belfast or Manchester via London Heathrow.
(OMR) said it took delivery of the 2nd of 5 71-seat, Embraer E175s.
May 2011: (SITA) reached a 7-year contract with Oman Air (OMR) to provide (OMR) with its fares management software solution, "Airfare Insight."
June 2011: Oman Air (OMR) (CEO) Peter Hill said (OMR) is "here to stay for the long term" and "the government of Oman is ready to support us in a difficult time."
Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa has led to intra-Gulf passenger boardings dropping -10% to -15%, he conceded in a recent interview. But he insisted that (OMR)'s long-haul business remains on target, noting that "60% to 65% of our transfer business is long-haul to long-haul via Muscat."
Hill said last year that it is better to remain a "unique boutique airline rather than to compete against Emirates (EAD) and company." He explained that (OMR) would focus on point-to-point traffic and is targeting profitability by 2014.
Hill recently revealed that he plans to retire by the end of 2011 and that a successor will be named in the fall.
The Oman government owns 98% of (OMR). While privatization of (OMR) is an eventual goal, a move away from government ownership is still a long way off, Hill explained. "First we need several solid [annual financial] performances," he said. He pointed out that "Oman itself has to become more known on the tourist map. This still has a long way to go. Business and tourism [are] important for inbound traffic." (OMR) transports around 3.5 million passengers annually.
(OMR) recently took delivery of its 7th A330 and earlier this year placed 2 new Embraer E175s in service.
November 2011: Oman Air (OMR) has ordered 6 787-8s at the Dubai Airshow, taking >6 of 14 airplanes previously ordered by Kuwait-based leasing company (ALAFCO) (AVF).
January 2012: Oman Air (OMR) appointed Wayne Pearce as its new (CEO) succeeding Peter Hill, who retired at year end.
March 2012: Oman Air (OMR) is in a so-called “consolidation position,” according to (CEO) Wayne Pearce, who joined (OMR) in January. “We have a lot of new airplanes and new routes” and “want to make the most out of it” to grow the airline, Pearce said. Pearce said (OMR) will increase frequencies from Muscat to Frankfurt to daily flights, as well as add more weekly flights to Munich.
(OMR) is looking to grow its long-haul sector and its Muscat hub, which will offer new passenger services when a terminal opens in 2014 to accommodate 12 million passengers.
6 787-8s are scheduled for delivery between 2015 - 2016. Pearce said the airline is considering introducing the 787 on its Europe and Asia routes from 2013. For now, he ruled out ultra long-haul flights, for example to North America, “which would be very costly,” he said.
In 2011, (OMR) reported a +35% passenger growth. In 2010, (OMR) transported 3.26 million passengers, up +38% compared to 2009. Pearce is expecting similar growth numbers in 2012.
Pearce said he is considering ways to increase (OMR)’s cargo business. Possibilities include a wet-lease (ACMI) cargo airplane business. On the passenger side, it is looking at code shares.
(OMR) operates 4 A330-200s, 3 A330-300s, 15 737-700/800s, 2 Embraer E175s and 2 ATR 42s. (OMR) will add +2 additional E175s this year. Between 2014 and 2016, up to 6 additional 737NGs will join the fleet.
June 2012: Oman Air (OMR) will launch a new daily service between Muscat (MCT) and the Iranian capital Tehran (THR) on September 1.
The (MCT) - (THR) route will be operated using (OMR)’s Embraer E175 regional jets. (OMR) took delivery of 2 of the airplanes in 2011; +2 more will enter service later this year. (OMR) also holds an option on a further 5 airplanes.
(OMR) continues to report a surge in business in passengers and cargo levels. (OMR) said the growth spurt was due mainly to frequent fliers rather than its network expansion. (OMR)’s customer ratings have risen sharply since the arrival of its long-haul fleet of A330s, which have replaced A310s in recent years.
(OMR) said passenger traffic has increased +19% for the 1st 5 months of 2012, compared to +16% for the full-year 2011. Passenger revenue for the period was up +28%.
Cargo tonnage was up +33% from +13% in 2011, while cargo revenue jumped +47% from +28% in 2011.
The loss-making (OMR) said it expects to achieve profitability in 2014. (CEO) Wayne Pearce said that “Tehran is a major business hub and we anticipate strong demand from both business and leisure passengers.”
The additional route continues (OMR)'s rapid growth over the last 30 months, which includes a significant increase in the airline fleet and expansion of its network to include >40 domestic, regional, and international destinations. (OMR) has also introduced a range of products and services, including complete cell phone and Wi-Fi connectivity on their A330 fleet. Over the same period, revenues and passenger numbers have also continued to grow.
(OMR), which placed an order for 6 787s at the Dubai Airshow, has confirmed the 787s are scheduled for delivery in 2015.
(OMR)’s fleet also includes 4 A330-200s, 3 A330-300s, 15 737-700s/800s and 2 ATR 42s.
July 2012: Oman Air (OMR) could end up growing faster according to a report by "AMEInfo" about a plan currently pending board of directors approval. Under the plan, (OMR) would lease +3 A330-300s as well as +3 737NGs and bring the delivery of 2 E175s due for delivery in 2013 forward to delivery dates in the 2nd half of 2012.
September 2012: Oman Air (OMR) added Iran to its network on September 1 when (OMR) connected its Muscat (MCT) hub with Iran’s capital Tehran (IKA). Flights are operated daily with new E175 airplanes configured with 71Y seats. (OMR)’s (CEO) Wayne Pearce commented: “We are extremely pleased to be launching our new service between Muscat and Tehran and to be offering customers the opportunity to travel aboard our outstanding Embraer E175 regional jets. Tehran offers visitors the opportunity to gain insights into not only Iran’s unique culture, but also its rich and ancient history. Furthermore, Tehran is a major business hub and we anticipate strong demand from both business and leisure passengers.”
November 2012: Oman Air (OMR) carried just short of <3.8 million passengers in 2011, up +16% on the previous year, which despite being an impressive double-digit growth figure that many airlines would dream of, fell short of the staggering +38% improvement registered between 2009 and 2010. This means that in the last 2 years, (OMR) has grown by >60%, driven in part by the delivery of its 1st Embraer E175s which have facilitated much of its recent regional network expansion that included (OMR)’s new service to Tehran Imam Khomeini (IKA) which started on 1 September.
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In the last 12 months, (OMR)’s shape and size has been driven primarily by generic growth on its existing network of routes, with Zanzibar (ZNZ) leading the way. Capacity growth to existing destinations Riyadh (RUH) and Jeddah (JED), as well as Lahore (LHE) and Islamabad (ISB) make up two-thirds of the top 6 routes in terms of additional seats in December 2012 versus the same month last year.
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While weekly frequencies have been maintained, the -27% decline of seats to Malé (MLE) has come as a result of the route switching to an all 737-800 service in December 2012 in comparison to 1 which was predominantly flown by A330-300s in December 2011. The -21% reduction in seats to Doha (DOH) has seen the removal of 6 weekly frequencies across a mixed operation that includes flights by (OMR)’s 737-700, 737-800 and E175 short-range fleet to the Qatari capital. Conversely, Qatar Airways (QTA) has added seven weekly frequencies on the 703 km flight, resulting in +7% overall growth in weekly seats on the route pair despite (OMR)’s pull back in capacity.
Oman’s sizeable Indian ex-pat worker community drives the largest country market for (OMR) with connections to 10 points in India and links to fellow Middle East nations making up nearly half of the Top 12. Domestic flying to Khasab (KHS) and Salalah (SLL), a market which grew by +13% since last December, makes a surprising entry into the data – by comparison many other Middle East carriers have virtually no domestic routes. Europe breaks into the Top 12 twice, with (OMR)’s services to Frankfurt (FRA) and Munich (MUC) in Germany and London Heathrow in the United Kingdom. However, both markets have seen little or no change in seat capacity over the last year.
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Overall, (OMR) grew its weekly seat capacity by +11% in the past year; a growth figure which, if achieved in terms of passenger numbers, will see (OMR) break 4 million annual passengers in 2012. While (OMR) made an operating loss of -OMR 97 million/-$252 million in 2011, there is no denying that the annual revenue increase of +25% seems to indicate a sound financial future for the Omani Government-backed carrier.
This is in stark contrast to fellow non-“Middle East Big 3” (MEB3 = Emirates (EAD), Etihad (EHD) and Qatar (QTA)) member Gulf Air (GUL) which continues to retrench having this month reduced its 787 Dreamliner commitment to a maximum of 16 airplanes, -8 less than it had originally ordered, as well as taking up to 24 A320neo airplanes instead of the 20 A330s it had previously selected.
(OMR)'s future network plans remain unclear, with no new routes announced so far for 2013. However, (OMR)’s capacity growth is assured with orders for 6 737-800s and 6 787-8s.
December 2012: Oman Air (OMR) launched a new route to its 6th European destination on December 2. (OMR) has now entered the Swiss market, operating from its Muscat (MCT) base to Zurich (ZRH). The 5,100 km route is operated 4x-weekly with 216-seat A330-200 airplanes. The same route was previously served by Swissair (CSR) (Then (SWS)) between 1993 and 1997. The new route makes Oman Air (OMR) the 4th Middle Eastern airline to serve Zurich after Emirates (EAD), Qatar Airways (QTA) and Royal Jordanian (RJA).
January 2013: 737-86N (36027, OK-TVV), Travel Service (TSF) leased.
February 2013: Oman Air (OMR) is increasing capacity to the Indian sub-continent by leasing +2 additional 737-800s. The 2 737-800s, in a 162-seat, 2-class layout (12C business, 150Y economy) are being wet-leased from Travel Services (TSF).
The move follows the November 2012 signing of Memos of Understanding (MOU)s between Oman, India and Pakistan to help meet increased demand for air services between the Arabian Gulf nation and the two Asian countries.
The 2 737-800s, which entered service earlier this month, will be used to increase daily services to 2x-daily from Muscat to Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad. They will also enable the Muscat - Lahore sector to increase its 4x-weekly service to daily and its 3x-weekly, Muscat - Islamabad service to daily.
Oman Air (OMR) operates 15 737-800s. It is due to take delivery of a further 6 737s from Boeing (TBC) from 2014, while 6 787 Dreamliners are scheduled to start arriving in 2015.
March 2013: Oman Air (OMR) sees a need to operate at least 70 airplanes to get better results and improve efficiency. (CEO) Wayne Pearce said, “We increased passenger growth +24% within the last year, load factors rose from 72% LF to 77% LF. Normally, if you have a growth in volume like that, you pay for the yield. But we had good results.” He is expecting a growth of nearly +1 million additional passengers in 2013.
Pearce said the goal is to reduce losses and operate an efficient fleet. “We are focusing on carrying more people with a proper price. But we also need to expand the fleet from 30 airplanes.” He expects the Arab nation’s carrier to break even in a few years.
“The critical mass to become breakeven is about 50 airplanes, which is a good number for operating costs and for the profitability issue. But I guess Oman Air (OMR) can go to a 70-plus fleet,” he said.
Pearce said it is important to expand (OMR)’s wide body fleet. “And we need a much bigger 737 fleet, which is perfect to operate on 5-hour missions out of Muscat.” Oman currently operates 13 737-800s and 2 737-700s. “We are looking for more A330s as well, because [due to the] problem with the 787, it is very hard to get any more. The 787s will not replace the A330s,” he said.
(OMR) is scheduled to take delivery of 2 787s in 2015, 1 in 2016 and 2017, and 2 in 2018. “Boeing (TBC) has ensured us that our delivery dates are not in danger,” he said. (OMR) also operates 3 A330-300s and 4 A330-200s.
Pearce ruled out operating the 787s to North America. “For daily nonstop services to the USA, we [would] need 2 airplanes for 1 route and we are too small for that as it would be too expensive,” he said.
Oman Air (OMR) is increasing its freight capacity through a new joint venture (JV) with cargo specialist (DHL). The new agreement, which has already taken effect, involves Oman Air Cargo signing an exclusive Block Space Agreement to utilize (DHL)’s capacity between Muscat and Dubai. The latter airline (DHX) uses a Boeing 757-200PCF on the route.
(OMR) (CEO) Wayne Pearce said, “The additional main deck capacity available as a result of our joint venture (JV) is a vital step towards enhancing our cargo capacity, as it qualifies (OMR) to accept main deck cargo.”
The new partnership would create synergies for both organizations.
“We will continue to create additional capacity and more frequencies in the near future to meet the requirements of our worldwide customers. In the meantime, we look forward to working closely with (DHL) Aviation (DHX) to successfully deliver this much sought-after service.”
“The Boeing 757-200PCF will initially operate a weekly schedule into Muscat,” (DHL) VP Middle East & Africa Malcolm Macbeth said. “(DHL)’s long-term vision is to increase the number of weekly frequencies into Muscat International Airport, where cargo and logistics services are viewed as an opportunity for growth.”
Oman Air Cargo is considering further expansion of its operations. Beyond the new partnership with (DHL), it is looking at wide body capacity opportunities with other operators, connecting from Muscat and Salalah, in southwest Oman, as part of its growth program.
April 2013: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and Oman Air (OMR) have launched a code share arrangement on Addis Ababa - Muscat with (ETH) 737NGs. The 4X-weekly service will be flown by (ETH) and marketed by (OMR).
(OMR) also recently signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with (DHL).
(OMR) is planning to launch both a low-cost carrier (LCC) and a cargo airline in the wake of a massive -USD 253 million loss posted for its 2012 Financial Year. According to Oman Air (OMR) Chairman Darwish bin Ismail Al Balushi, the Omani Government, Oman Air's sole shareholder, has agreed "in principle" to the proposal, with a feasibility study now underway. Al Balushi is quoted as saying that while passenger numbers and revenue in fact rose +21% on 2011 with cargo performing especially well posting a +29% growth, losses accrued mainly due to (OMR0's acquisition of new airplanes.
Later, (OMR) announced that its sole shareholder, the Government of Oman, had given its consent for the launching of a Low Cost Carrier (LCC) whose initial operations will "extend to the Indian Subcontinent and selected domestic routes". The as-yet-unnamed (LCC) will offer a more cost effective product to its "core-clientele," dominated at present by expatriate Indian workers. Indians constitute almost 2.3 million or 20% of Oman's total population and are the Sultanate's largest expatriate ethnic group. (OMR) is also planning to launch long-haul flights to Casablanca International, Manila, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta and various unnamed African destinations as part of efforts to rebound from a -USD $253 million loss posted for its 2012 Financial Year.
May 2013: Oman Air (OMR) increased its international coverage from Salalah (SLL), located in southern Oman, on May 2. (OMR), which already operates 4x-weekly flights to Dubai in the (UAE), now offers 2x-weekly services to Jeddah (JED) in Saudi Arabia. 737-800s are deployed to operate on the 1,700 km route.
(OMR) has placed an order for 3 A330-300s, increasing its A330 family fleet to 10. The airplanes will be operated on long-haul routes. (OMR) (CEO) Wayne Pearce said the additional order “will allow us to continue our strategy of growth with an airplane we know to be both reliable and profitable, and in addition offering the highest levels of passenger comfort.”
(OMR)’s fleet consists of 4 A330-200s, 3 A330-300s, 17 737-700s/800s, 4 Embraer E175s and 2 ATR 42s. (OMR) will be taking delivery of 6 new 737s as of 2014, and delivery of 6 787s is scheduled to begin in 2015.
June 2013: At the Paris Air Show, fast-growing Oman Air (OMR) has ordered five Boeing 737-900ERs. (OMR) also has 6 737-800s and 6 787s on order to join its fleet of 15 737-800s/2 737-700s.
(OMR) currently operates 2 737-700s and 15 737-800s on flights to the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East, and East Africa.
(OMR) and Jet Airways (JPL) have both been denied rights to Manila by the Philippine Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) as a result of growing congestion at the airport. According to a (CAB) official, the 2 carriers had applied for landing slots between 07:00 and 19:00, the busiest time of the day for the airport. The possibility of using other airports in the country was ruled out, as "most were not night rated and are limited to day time operations." (OMR) has stated that it will cooperate with Manila in finding a solution to the problem. When the Manila (NAIA) airport became the 34th busiest airport in the world in 2012 with passenger volumes reaching a record total of 32.1 million, Filipino Transportation Secretary, Joseph Emilio Abaya, said he hoped to address the issue of congestion by agreeing to a co-development scheme for (NAIA) and Clark, located some 100 kms north of the capital in which both would be upgraded.
(OMR) serves 24 countries, 42 destinations, and 49 routes.
July 2013: Oman Air (OMR) is considering whether to launch a low-cost carrier (LCC) to compete with regional airlines making inroads into its area of operations.
(OMR) inaugurated operations on the 1,900 km route from Muscat (MCT) to Medinah (MED), making the service its 4th destination in Saudi Arabia. Beginning on July 9th, (OMR) offers weekly flights on the route using 737-800s. Competition is provided by Saudia (SVA), which operates services of the same frequency. (OMR) already operates 2x-weekly flights to Jeddah and Riyadh, as well as 10x-weekly to Damman.
August 2013: SEE ATTACHED - - "OMR-2013-08 - UPDATE-A/B/C/D/E."
October 2013: Oman Air (OMR) has announced a series of new appointments to its airport teams across its international network. Mohammed Al Riyami has transferred from Kuala Lumpur to Doha, where he will be Airport Service Manager (ASM); Ali Al Amri moves from Doha to fill the Airport Service Manager position in Chennai; Hamed Said Al Shiyah has been appointed (ASM) at Chittagong; Zahran Am Busaidy is taking up the position of (ASM) at Bangkok; Hilal Al Shidhani has been appointed (ASM) at Kathmandu; and Khalid Al Balushi has been appointed Airport Duty Manager at Oman Air (OMR)’s Muscat base.
December 2013: Oman Air (OMR) and Turkish Airlines (THY) have signed a code share agreement covering services between Muscat and Istanbul Ataturk. “(THY) is the ideal partner for (OMR) (with our growing network currently serving 43 premium destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa) and (THY) flying to more global destinations than any other carrier,” (OMR) (CEO) Wayne Pearce said.
“We believe that the (THY) and (OMR) partnership will bring enormous benefit to both carriers, not only from a commercial perspective in rapidly growing Oman, but also in technical and training areas,” (THY) (CEO) Temel Kotil said.
Oman Air (OMR) has agreed to have Bombardier Aerospace (BMB) perform all repair work on Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 700) inlet cowls on 7 A330s for 8 years. +3 more A330s are on order.
January 2014: Oman Air (OMR) appointed Rashid Al Ghailani as its Chief Officer Human Resources (HR), effective immediately. He reports to (OMR) (CEO) Wayne Pearce.
February 2014: Oman Air (OMR) has begun code sharing with SriLankan Airlines (LNK), linking service between the countries and to onward destinations in Europe and Asia. Under the agreement, (OMR) passengers will be able to book seats on SriLankan (LNK)'s flights linking the Omani capital Muscat with Singapore, Male, and China via Colombo. (LNK) passengers will gain access to (OMR)'s flight linking Colombo to Zurich via Muscat. (OMR) resumed flights to the Sri Lankan capital Colombo in November 2009 after a 5-year break.
Oman Air (OMR) (CEO) Wayne Pearce will leave (OMR) on February 28, after 2 years in the post. Pearce has overseen (OMR)’s steady growth in what was until recently, a minor player in the region. The change has not been foreseen externally, but it happened because Pearce, formerly Chief Strategy & Planning Officer at Etihad Airways (EHD), was on a fixed-term, 2-year contract that had already been slightly extended.
Pearce had been recruited for his management skills to consolidate a period of rapid growth that had begun under his predecessor, Peter Hill. “He was brought in to get some management structures in place that would increase revenue and income.” That had been achieved, and (OMR) is now about to embark on another burst of expansion as it begins to take delivery of the 1st of some 20 new airplanes (a mix of Boeing 737-800 and 737-900ERs, 787-8/9s and Airbus A330-300s) in the next few years.
Oman Air (OMR) Chairman Darwish bin Ismail bin Ali Al Balushi said Pearce had “done an excellent job of steering (OMR) through a key phase of our development. Following a period of rapid expansion, all the vital elements are now in place for the next phase of our growth, while also safeguarding continued increases in passenger numbers. “Mr Pearce leaves us after introducing greater frequencies on a number of key routes, increasing revenue and passenger numbers and improvement in on-time performance,” he said, adding that a search for a new (CEO) is underway.
Pearce said, “It has been both a pleasure and an honor to manage Oman Air (OMR) through this crucial stage of its development. I am pleased to have played a role in ensuring that (OMR) is now a more professionally capable airline, while maintaining a clear focus on delivering the highest quality standards in all areas of (OMR)’s operations. The service ethos of the company is now much stronger,” he added.
Oman Air (OMR) has selected Swiss-AS (AMOS) as its new Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) software. Implementation is expected to take 10 months as designated (AMOS) users receive e-learning and classroom training.
March 2014: Oman Air (OMR) said that it is increasing its share capital by +200 million oman riyal/US$519 million as it seeks to reverse losses of -113 million oman riyal in 2013. The airline reported increases in revenues and passenger numbers, supported by growth in seat capacity, cargo operations and the number of passengers carried last year.
(OMR) Chairman Darwish Bin Ismail Al Balushi said that although losses rose by +16% last year, it was as a result of investment in new airplanes. He added that (OMR) intended to spin off its business units such as ground handling, cargo handling, and duty free as "separate legal entities, which will enhance efficiencies and effectiveness."
The plan will begin with the ground handling and cargo handling businesses, he said, adding that timescales will be announced following consultation with the Government of Oman. "Although (OMR)'s loss increased in 2013 by +16% to 113.3 million oman riyal, the company's direct and indirect contribution to the Omani economy over the same period was as much as 400 million oman riyal, which more than offsets (OMR)'s financial debt to the nation," he said.
He added that the increase in the company's share capital to 700 million oman riyal would "further assist" (OMR)'s progress which includes the arrival later in 2014 of the first of 20 new airplanes it has on order. A statement said revenues increased in 2013 by +10% to 381.7 million oman riyal while passenger numbers rose by +13% to almost five million.
Capacity increased to 14.9 billion (ASK)s, while cargo handling increased by +7% to 119,785 tonnes.
Al Balushi added: "Over the course of 2013 we have enhanced our focus on driving up quality standards, delivering greater efficiencies, increasing the range of choices we offer, and preparing the way for our next stage of major expansion. "The significant +10% increase in our revenues and the very positive growth of +13% in our passenger numbers demonstrate that demand for Oman Air (OMR)'s award-winning services continues to grow."
April 2014: Oman Air (OMR) has reported a loss of -OR113.3 million/-$294.3 million for 2013, widened -16% from 2012. Revenues rose +10% to OR381.7 million. Passenger boardings climbed nearly +13%, to 4.99 million, while cargo volumes rose +7% to 119,700 tonnes. Freight operations benefited from the enhanced capacity offered by a block space agreement with (DHL) between Muscat and Dubai.
At (OMR)’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), Chairman Darwish Bin Ismail Al Balushi said Oman Air (OMR)’s losses were attributed to continued investment in new airplanes. (OMR), which is growing rapidly in an attempt to achieve critical mass, will take delivery of the 1st wave of 20 new airplanes later this year.
(OMR) plans to spin off several aspects of its activities into separate companies as (OMR) continues to expand.
Al Balushi said (OMR)’s operations over the past 2 decades have gradually diversified into areas including charters, ground handling, cargo handling, catering and duty-free businesses. He said (OMR)’s continued growth means it might be better managed as independent businesses with dedicated managements. Therefore, (OMR) has planned to spin them off into separate legal entities beginning with Ground Handling and Cargo Handling businesses. They would continue to operate within an Oman Air Group. Final decisions and time frames will be announced following consultations with the government, (OMR)’s owner.
July 2014: Oman Air (OMRr) has appointed former (CEO) Abdulrahaman Al-Busaidy to the newly created position of (COO), effective July 1.
(OMR) said the appointment comes at a critical time as it prepares for the next phase of rapid expansion, which will begin with the arrival later this year of the first of 20 new airplanes.
Acting (CEO) Salim Al Kindy said Al-Busaidy’s “formidable skills and extensive experience will be crucial in helping to guide (OMR) through its next phase of development. We are further delighted that he is returning to (OMR), having been (OMR)’s (CEO) from 2000 to 2006. In the interim period, (OMR) has undergone the significant change and expansion that he helped to plan, but at its heart lays the same mission: to offer an outstanding and seamless passenger experience for all our customers. Abdulrahaman Al-Busaidy’s undoubted expertise will help to ensure that we continue to achieve this mission as we enter our next phase of ambitious growth.”
August 2014: Former airberlin (BER) Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Paul Gregorowitsch has been appointed as the new (CEO) of Oman Air (OMR).
Gregorowitsch, who has already taken up his new post, replaces Wayne Pearce, who left (OMR) at the end of February.
Oman Air (OMR) Chairman Darwish bin Ismail bin Ali Al Balushi said Gregorowitsch’s experience “will be of immense benefit” as (OMR) begins a major new expansionary phase later this year. New batches of Boeing 787-8/9s, 737-800s/737-900ERs and Airbus A330-300s will take the fleet from its current size of 30 airplanes to around 50; Pearce had indicated that numbers could rise as high as 70.
Prior to his time at airberlin (BER), Gregorowitsch, a Dutch citizen, was President & (CEO) of Amsterdam-based passenger and cargo carrier Martinair (MTH), where he implemented a restructuring process to restore profitability.
He also previously held several management positions within AirFrance (AFA) - (KLM), rising to Executive VP Commercial.
Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I am joining the airline at a critical time in its development and I look forward to making a significant contribution to its prosperity and growth, as well as to Oman’s travel and tourism industry.” Oman’s government has, for some years, been positioning the country as an upmarket tourist destination.
In recent years Oman Air (OMR) has gone from being a minor player to occupying a regional, but has racked up substantial losses as it plowed money into expansion.
JorAMCo has signed a deal with Oman Air (OMR) for base maintenance on 2 Embraer E175s and 3 Airbus A330-343s.
September 2014: Oman Air (OMR) will begin services to Manila and Djakarta in December. Manila will be operated from December 2 with 2x-flights weekly, rising to 3x-weekly from December 13.
Service to Jakarta will start December 12 with 3x-weekly flights, rising to 4x-weekly from January 2, 2015. Both destinations will be served with Airbus A330s.
Announcement of the new services comes as (OMR) prepares for the arrival of a wave of new airplanes. Oman Air (OMR)’s current fleet of 30 airplanes will be joined by 3 Airbus A330-300s and a total of 15 Boeing 737-800s and 737-900ERs, as well as 6 787-8s.
October 2014: Oman Air (OMR) has announced plans to introduce business (C) class service to 4 of its routes between Muscat and the Indian subcontinent.
November 2014: Oman Air (OMR) is targeting profitability by the end of 2017, (CEO) Paul Gregorowitsch said at the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) (AGM) in Dubai.
December 2014: News Item A-1: Oman Air (OMR) began operations from its Muscat (MCT) hub to the capital of the Philippines on December 2nd. The 3x-weekly operation to Manila (MNL) will be flown by (OMR)’s 216-seat A330-200s. The 6,632 km sector will face no direct competition and will become (OMR)’s 21st Asian destination. On December 12th, (OMR) will begin its 22nd city on the continent, when it begins flights to Jakarta.
News Item A-2: Oman Air (OMR) has signed a deal with Standard Chartered Bank for the sale and operating leaseback of its 3 newest Boeing 737-800s. 2 were delivered in November and December 2014, with the 3rd delivery planned for February 2015.
The deal was arranged through Standard Chartered’s airplane leasing subsidiary, the Pembroke Group (PEB). (PEB) currently has just >100 airplanes on its books, the great majority of them Boeing 737-800s and Airbus A320-200s.
(OMR) described the transaction as 1 of the 1st sale and leaseback deals it had undertaken, but said it was already working on a further transaction with another financial group and planned to finance more airplanes through sale and leaseback. “(OMR) is keen to pursue different options to finance new airplanes joining our fast-growing fleet, and one of those options is sale and leaseback,” (CEO) Paul Gregorowitsch said.
The three airplanes involved in the deal “will support the ambitious growth strategy that we have just launched. This will see us offer our customers an increased range of destinations and frequencies [and] more convenient connections at Muscat.”
“We are proud to be supporting (OMR) as they expand their fleet to meet increasing air traffic demand,” said Gurcharan Kadan (CEO) for Standard Chartered Oman.
An Oman Air (OMR) spokesman said (OMR) would continue to explore “all possible avenues” of financing its rapidly-expanding fleet, “including export credit agency (ECA)] supported financing, pure commercial debt, operating lease, etc.”
News Item A-3: Oman’s Muscat International Airport has opened its new North Runway, part of extensive plans to boost the airport’s capacity.
News Item A-4: 737-81M (44421, A40-BQ) and A330-343E (1582, A40-DI), ex-(F-WWKA) deliveries.
January 2015: Oman Air (OMR) has launched a cost-cutting program, "Shape and Size," with the aim of achieving what it describes as “substantial reductions” in expenditure.
Shape and Size will target across-the-board cost reductions totaling more than >-RO100 million/-$260 million over the next 3 years to help (OMR) reach its previously announced target of being profitable by the end of 2017. In the wake of the Shape and Size announcement, a spokesman said the company was aiming for breakeven or a modest operational profit by that time.
The cost cuts come after a series of heavy annual losses at the state-owned airline, which had previously justified the losses because it is an economic instrument of the nation and its activities contribute to the wider economy. “We are determined and committed to reshape Oman Air (OMR) to become a more modern business driven enterprise (one that does not solely rely on financial injections from the government of Oman,” (CEO) Paul Gregorowitsch said).
“(OMR) contributed almost RO420 million to the Gross National Product (GNP) of the Sultanate during 2014. We are also aware that we have to contribute to the infrastructure of the country by serving domestic airports like Sohar. Furthermore, and in line with the nation’s ‘Omanization’ policy, we are committed to developing for the future the educational and career potential of young Omanis.”
But, he added: “These important duties do not, however, constitute an excuse to run the airline as though it is a hobby. We all have to work hard and to make sacrifices to become an even better, service-oriented, but self-supporting airline. We are in business to be customer and profit-driven.”
A company spokesman said that (OMR)’s rapid growth meant it was creating a better base for economies of scale. No staff would be made redundant, he added. However, the increase in the size of the airline’s fleet would not go hand-in-hand with a similar increase in staff, resulting in an increase in productivity.
Oman Air (OMR) remains committed to its “Omanization” plan of achieving a workforce composed of 70% Omani nationals by 2019, he said.
March 2015: News Item A-1: Oman Air (OMR) has recorded a slightly improved financial position for 2014, as the Middle Eastern carrier continues to expand.
Operational losses for the Oman Air Group (which includes several subsidiaries covering areas such as Ground Handling and Catering) was reduced to -RO95.9 million/-$249 million), +4% improved on 2013 and reversing a pattern of increasing deficits in recent years, caused largely by investment in new airplanes. A net loss figure was not given.
New (CEO) Paul Gregorowitsch has given a target date of the end of 2017 to achieve profitability.
The group saw total revenues increase +4% to OR398.4 million. This figure included Omani government support to the tune of RO138 million.
(OMR), the national carrier carried 5.1 million passengers, up from 4.9 million in 2013. Load factor was 74.4% LF.
State-owned (OMR) is regarded as an economic arm of the government, although it is operationally independent. Chairman Darwish bin Ismail bin Ali Al Bulushi noted that, despite operational losses, (OMR) contributed RO420 million overall to Oman’s economy.
737-81M (44423, A40-BX; 44424, A40-BY), ex-(N1796B & N1786B), delivery.
News Item A-2: (SITA) will provide border control software to the government of Oman. The (SITA) technology monitors visitor movement and streamlines the visa and residence permit processes. This visa processing and security clearance system provides eVisas, advanced passenger processing and entry exit-visitor information systems. Oman is expecting traffic at Muscat International Airport to reach 12 million passengers by 2020; nine million were served in 2014.
(SITA) has introduced BagJourney to airlines and airports, in conjunction with its BagMessage service. BagMessage is a secure message service managed by (SITA). The Information Technology (IT) company reported that 220 airports and 500 airlines use the service.
BagJourney is integrated with WorldTracer, the global tracing and matching service of delayed bags.
News Item A-3: Oman Air (OMR) (CEO) Paul Gregorowitsch said French protectionism could lead the state-owned carrier to order additional airplanes from Boeing (TBC) instead of Airbus (EDS).
April 2015: News Item A-1: Oman Air (OMR) is the 9th largest operator in the Middle East in terms of fleet size.
(OMR) is the national airline of Oman and is based on the grounds of Muscat International Airport in Seeb, Muscat. (OMR) has increased its fleet in the last year from 35 airplanes in 2014 to 45 airplanes in 2015.
News Item A-2: Oman Air (OMR) has ordered 20 Boeing 737s as it continues to expand its fleet in a bid to reach critical mass.
(CEO) Paul Gregorowitsch announced at the launch of the Omani carrier’s inaugural flight to Singapore that the airplanes would be a mix of current-generation variants and the new generation 737 MAX. 10 will come direct from Boeing and 10 from lessors.
He did not specify numbers, but told "Reuters" that the current variants would be delivered from 2017 and the 737 MAX from 2019.
(OMR)’s HQ in Muscat confirmed this order but did not add any further details.
(OMR) already operates the 737-700 and 737-800 and has the 737-900ER on order and will use the new airplanes both for domestic services and regional routes around the Persian Gulf and to the Indian sub-continent.
(OMR), which has 36 airplanes (a mix of 737s and Airbus A330s) in the fleet at present, was already riding a wave of expansion before the latest order, with the first of an order for 787-8s, due to arrive this year.
(OMR) has long spoken of expanding initially to a 50-strong fleet, with the prospect of increasing that number to 70 around the turn of the decade. This latest order will allow it to achieve that ambition.
May 2015: Oman Air (OMR) plans to cut its ATRs and Embraer E175s from its fleet and replace them with larger airplanes as it seeks cost efficiencies.
2 737-91M (40070, A40-BK; 44425, A40-BZ), deliveries.
June 2015: News Item A-1: Salalah Airport, situated on Oman's south-west coast, has closed to traffic following the recent opening of the new Salalah International Airport. The old airport's last flight operated on Monday, June 14 to Doha Hamad International, following which all commercial operations were transferred to the new airfield.
Built at a cost of OMR300 million/USD778 million, the new airport is aimed at fostering the region's tourism appeal and as such, features a terminal capable of handling 2 million.
Oman’s Salalah Airport has opened its new terminal and runway in time for the busy summer holiday season.
The airport, which serves the sultanate’s 2nd city in the far SW of the country, near the border with Yemen, has begun operations from its new terminal, which has an initial annual capacity of 1 million. This will rise progressively to 6 million as 3 further phases of the building are constructed in line with rising demand.
The airport has a new, 4,000 m x 60 m runway, with the old runway now being used as a parallel taxiway to speed arrivals and departures. It now also has a cargo terminal capable of handling 100,000 tonnes a year.
The terminal is equipped with eight air bridge-equipped gates, the first in the country.
Salalah is served by 8 carriers. Traffic is heavily seasonal due to a meteorological curiosity known as the khareef. Salalah is clipped by the edge of the Indian Ocean monsoon, which brings mist and drizzle to the area. With temperatures in the Arabian peninsula at 40 C/104 F or above at this time of year, the highly localized phenomenon brings an influx of tourists from throughout the region seeking respite from the blistering heat.
News Item A-2: 3 more airlines (Singapore Airlines (SIA), Royal Brunei (RBA), and Norwegian Air Shuttle (NWG)) have signed up for (SITA) OnAir’s flight tracking system, and AIRCOM FlightTracker. These carriers will join Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Oman Air (OMR) and 10 other unspecified carriers that use the system.
(AIRCOM) has been developed by (SITA), working with a number of airlines to use equipment already fitted to the airplane to provide a tracking solution. No additional hardware is required, just an additional layer of software that can be installed and activated in a matter of days.
The system “meets and exceeds the flight tracking requirements defined by (IATA) and (ICAO),” (SITA) OnAir (CEO) Ian Dawkins said at the (SITA) Air Transport Information Technology (IT) Summit in Brussels.
(AIRCOM) FlightTracker harnesses the communications links already installed on most modern airliners to download position data to an airline's operational center, using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and (ATC) radar data as a tracking tool, while the aircraft is over land and switching to (ACARS) and (FANS) in the oceanic environment.
Dawkins pointed out that 14,000 airplanes in the global fleet are already equipped with some element of (SITA) OnAir, operated by 400 customer airlines. More than >95 of these are equipped with the (AIRCOM) server, meaning that the software upgrade can be deployed in days. (SITA) has also created a cloud solution for airlines that do not have (AIRCOM).
Norwegian (NWG) (COO) Geir Steiro said: “Norwegian Air Shuttle (NWG) has a strict selection process for every new solution we introduce. (SITA) OnAir’s Flight Tracker is the most complete solution available. Using multiple sources of data, we can track all our aircraft at 15 minute intervals or less. It also provides the most accurate data, using “smoothing' to combine position sources. A bonus feature is the unique way it integrates (ATC) data into our systems. It will give us valuable insight into operations and how we can improve them.”
A total of 15 airlines are currently using (AIRCOM) FlightTracker and 7 have also signed up for an option that issues an alert if an aircraft deviates from track. A refined version of the deviation alert system will be integrated into the next version of the system due for release later this year. This will define an operating corridor for the aircraft, incorporating (ATC) data link communications, to ensure that legitimate and approved deviations do not automatically trigger an alert.
(AIRCOM) FlightTracker forces the aircraft to communicate its position at a regular interval,” Dawkins said. “It guarantees regular flight position updates.”
(SITA) is also conducting trials with a major European airline testing the feasibility of streaming black box data from aircraft in the event of an emergency. Dawkins said that if the trials are successful, this capability could be incorporated into (AIRCOM) FlightTracker as early as the end of this year.
“Having immediate access to flight data can help to improve flight safety,” he said.
(SITA) OnAir said it would provide flight tracking and position reporting services free of charge to (SITA) members in the event of an emergency.
July 2015: Oman Air (OMR) has contracted Boeing (TBC) for a suite of services to support the upcoming entry into service of the airline's 787 Dreamliners. (OMR), the designated carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has 6 787s on order. Boeing (TBC) will support (OMR)’s 787s with its Component Services (formerly Rotables Exchange) program, Loadable Software Airplane Parts service and Airplane Health Management (AHM).
With the Component Services program, (OMR) will have access to Boeing (TBC)’s pool of mission-critical parts, enabling (OMR) to reduce inventory management costs while improving component availability. The (AHM) technology will allow Oman Air (OMR) to minimize maintenance delays and schedule disruptions by continuously monitoring airplane performance while the airplane is in flight, notifying ground crews in advance of potential maintenance issues. Through the Loadable Software Airplane Parts service, (TBC) will handle software configuration and management tasks associated with operating the 787.
These services look to help (OMR) minimize the time and cost of maintenance, while increasing airplane availability.
August 2015: Oman Air ((IATA) Code: WY, based at Muscat) (OMR) is planning to commence 787-8 operations on October 25. 787-8 (42378, A40-SA) is expected to arrive in the Gulf later next month in time to begin familiarization flights between Muscat and Salalah.
Along with sistership, A4O-SB (42379, A40-SB) which is due to arrive in November, the 2 787 Dreamliners will be configured with 18C Business class and 249Y Economy class seats. The 787s will ultimately be deployed on long-haul routes with thin premium demand, including China.
While Boeing (TBC) still lists the Omani national carrier's order as consisting of 6 787-8s, airline (CEO), Paul Gregorowitsch has indicated that it has since been revised to 2 787-8s and 6 787-9s.
September 2015: News Item A-1: Over recent months, (OMR) has added new routes to Manila, Jakarta, Goa, and Singapore. “Further new services will be announced closer to the time of their launch, and are expected to include, amongst others, destinations in Bangladesh and China,” Oman Air (OMR) said.
News Item A-2: Oman Air (OMR) has selected Accelya’s VIVALDI solution to streamline its card payments processes. (OMR) will use the following from Accelya’s VIVALDI suite: VIVALDI CardClear, VIVALDI Reconciliation, and VIVALDI Chargeback. The scope of the agreement includes both indirect and direct card sales.
News Item A-3: Oman Air (OMR) is to take 11 new airplanes (3 737-800s, 7 737-8 MAXs and 1 787-9) as well as 3 used Boeing 737s on long-term lease from the Air Lease Corporation (ALE).
The airplanes will be used for fleet renewal and growth, with deliveries scheduled to run from 2015 until 2019. The used airplanes comprise 1 737-700 (33103) and 2 Boeing 737-800s (33104 and 34242).
“Our expansion plan will see Oman Air (OMR)’s fleet expand to 57 airplanes by 2018 and to 70 airplanes by 2020. This agreement represents a significant step towards achieving our strategic aims,” Oman Air (OMR) (CFO) Japeen Shah said.
(OMR) currently operates 39 airplanes to >48 destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
October 2015: News Item A-1: Oman Air (OMR) has taken delivery of the 1st of 6 Boeing 787-8s from a November 2011 order.
The arrival of the 1st 787 Dreamliner in Muscat marks the next stage of (OMR)’s ambitious expansion plans, which will see its fleet grow from around 40 airplanes to 70 by 2020.
(CEO) Paul Gregorowitsch said the “decision to invest in this game-changing airplane underlines our confidence in the 787 and the value it will add in terms of reliability, operational efficiency and comfort.”
Oman Air (OMR) has announced it will deploy its 1st 787 Dreamliner on services to Saudi Arabia and Europe. (OMR) has ambitions to use its Muscat International Airport base (which is also being expanded) as a new Arabian Gulf hub for transit traffic.
“We’re proud to have (OMR) join our growing base of 787 customers in the Middle East and around the world,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & (CEO) Ray Conner.
“Our partnership with (OMR) dates back almost 15 years during which time the airline has been operating the 737 family. We’re delighted to help introduce Boeing twin-aisle airplanes into its growing fleet.”
Boeing has also been contracted by Oman Air (OMR) for a suite of services to support the entry into service (EIS) of its 787s and to ensure ongoing efficiency and cost savings for its fleet. These services will help (OMR) minimize the time and cost of maintenance, while increasing airplane availability.
Boeing (TBC) said it has 8 787 customers in the Middle East, operating 175 of the type, with a further backlog of 140.
News Item A-2: Oman Air (OMR) has firmed an order for 20 new Boeing 737s, according to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries report of October 20.
The order was originally placed in March. According to an earlier statement from (OMR) (CEO), Paul Gregorowitsch, the airplanes are a mix of current-generation variants and the new generation 737 MAX. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2017, with the MAX variant due in 2019.
(OMR)’s most recent order with Boeing was for 5 737-900ERs, placed in December 2012. Boeing began delivery of those airplanes in November 2014; to date, 4 of the 737-900ERs have been delivered to Oman air (OMR).
(OMR) also has an order with Boeing for 6 787-8 Dreamliners, originally firmed in November 2011. The 1st 787-8 from that order was delivered to (OMR) on October 11. That aircraft will be deployed on routes to Saudi Arabia and Europe.
(OMR)’s expansion plans include the growth of its fleet from 39 airplanes to 70 airplanes by 2020.
November 2015: News Item A-1: Oman Air (OMR) increased Muscat - Goa from 6x-weekly to daily. Daily, Muscat - Bangalore and - Kochi will increase from daily to 2x-daily; and will operate 11 flights weekly to Lucknow and 10 to Jaipur. These will be flown with 737-800 and 737-900 airplanes.
News Item A-2: Oman Air (OMR) will start construction November 18 of a state-of-art crew training center adjacent to its Muscat headquarters.
(OMR), the national carrier will invest RO3 million/$7.8 million in developing what will be known as the (OMR) Air Flight Training Center (OAFTC). Completion of the facility is planned to take less than a year. “The start of the construction of the (OMR) Flight Training Center marks an important part in (OMR)’s development,” (CEO), Paul Gregorowitsch said. “It also represents a major step in the evolution of the Sultanate of Oman’s training capacity.
“The training center will offer the very latest facilities and the highest levels of professional guidance. As (OMR)’s fleet and network expansion program continues, the (OAFTC) will play an increasingly important role in our company’s operations.”
Amongst its facilities will be several flight simulators provided by Canada-based, (TRU) - Simulation & Training Company. “The (OAFTC) will offer one Full Flight Simulator for Airbus 330 training, and another one for Boeing 737 training,” Chief Officer Flight Operations, Ali Sulaiman Hassan said. “In addition, one flight training device for Boeing 737 training will be added as a training tool for cadet training programs.
“Having the flight simulator trainers close to (OMR)’s premises will support (OMR)’s strategy to ensure cost-effectiveness in all areas of its operations by avoiding expensive excessive training expenses overseas.
“Furthermore, the center will also include the existing training mock-ups required to train (OMR)’s cabin crew (CA). These include A330 and Boeing 737 mock-ups, along with the Boeing 787 door trainer.
Oman Air (OMR) has also signed an agreement with Airbus (EDS) to upgrade the cabins of its A330s. This modernization will harmonize (OMR)’s business (C) class cabins across its long-range fleet and ensure the latest standards in its in-service A330s. The retrofit is planned to be completed next year.
As part of the upgrade, the aircraft’s existing in-flight entertainment (IFE) platform will be integrated with new seats. Airbus (EDS)’ Customer Services division will perform the overall cabin reconfiguration design, certification and will also supply the new business (C) class seats as selected by Oman Air (OMR).
“This opportunity underlines the significant investments which we are making in our fleet and our commitment to offering the highest standards of comfort and connectivity to our customers,” Gregorowitsch said.
News Item A-3: Embraer (EMB) is working with Oman Air (OMR) to find new uses for its 4 E175 regional jets, which (OMR) had originally planned to retire this year. (OMR) owns the E175s, which arrived in Muscat in 2011, and uses them on domestic and regional services. (OMR) said in May, it plans to phase out both the E175s and its ATR 42-500 turboprops, and replace them with larger types to simplify its fleet structure and increase cost efficiency.
However, “Mathieu Duquesnoy, Embraer (EMB) VP Commercial Aviation for Europe, Middle East & Africa is working with (OMR) on how this E175 fleet can be redeployed. It is instrumental for them developing their regional market,” he said.
Traditionally, the Middle East has not been regarded as a strong market for regional jets, due to factors such as the emphasis on long-haul routes by many carriers. However, Duquesnoy said 9 operators flew 58 E-Jets in the region and he is confident this number would rise.
He noted that 41% of all intra-Middle East services carried fewer than 120 passengers and that there remains considerable potential to use regional aircraft to increase frequencies, as 56% of all services in the region have a frequency lower than one return flight daily.
“We see opportunities to ‘right-size’ some narrow body operations,” he said.
December 2016: 737-91M (40071, A40-BT) and 787-8 (42379, A40-SB), ex-(N1006K) deliveries.
February 2016: News Item A-1: Air France Industries (AFI) - (KLM) (E&M) and Oman Air (OMR) have signed a new, long-term contract providing flight-hour support for (CFM56-7)s powering 737NGs.
March 2016: Oman Air (OMR) recorded a net loss of -RO86 million/-$223 million in 2015, a +21.2% improvement over 2014. Full-year revenue rose +14.1% to RO466 million.
(OMR), the national carrier has been consistently loss-making, but is aiming to achieve breakeven at the operational level by the end of 2017. A major reason for the losses has been a steady expansion of (OMR)’s fleet, which stands at around 40, but is planned to reach 70 by 2020, as outstanding orders for Boeing 737s and 787s are delivered.
9 airplanes (2 787s and 7 737s) were delivered in 2015 and 3 new destinations, Singapore, Goa, and Dhaka, were added to the route map. Frequencies on existing routes were also increased, with all 11 destinations in India now having daily or double-daily services.
Announcing the annual results in Muscat, (OMR) Chairman Darwish Bin Ismail Bin Ali Al Balushi said this increase in capacity led to (ASK)s growing by around +35% to >20.5 billion km. The number of passengers carried rose to 6.3 million, up from 5.1 million in 2014. Load factor slipped -3 points to 71.4% LF. Cargo carried rose from 125,000 tonnes to 140,000 tonnes.
Al Balushi described the growth in passenger numbers as a “major achievement, which illustrates that our strategic planning is broadly producing the desired results.”
State-owned Oman Air (OMR) is regarded as an instrument of the national economy (although operationally independent) and has been instrumental in growing the nation’s tourism industry.
(OMR) is also increasingly seeking to make its base at Muscat airport an interconnecting hub, similar to those in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha, further up the Gulf.
Al Balushi said the rapid drop in oil prices meant lower fuel costs for (OMR) in 2015, but it also affected the national revenue of Oman. This backdrop had seen a sharp drop in Omani government subsidies, from RO138 million in 2014 to RO54 million last year.
“Furthermore, our increased revenues, continued expansion and lower financial loss have meant that we are able to request a further reduction in the level of financial support for the coming year.”
April 2016: News Item A-1: "Oman Air (OMR) Sets Up Cargo-handling Joint Venture" by (ATW) Alan Dron, April 8, 2016.
Oman Air (OMR) has signed an agreement with Singapore-based ground-handling, warehousing and freight specialist (SATS) to create a new joint venture company for cargo handling at the airline’s Muscat hub.
The arrangement will see (OMR) transferring its cargo-handling business and related assets to its subsidiary Oman Air Cargo. (SATS) will then acquire from (OMR) 33% of Oman Air Cargo’s share capital, valued at RO6.4 million/$16.4 million with the joint venture company then being renamed "Oman (SATSp Cargo."
The new company is expected to begin operations in (2Q) 2016 and will become the single source provider of cargo-handling services firstly at Muscat International Airport’s existing cargo facility and then at its new, state-of-the-art cargo terminal.
“The (JV) with (SATS) is one of our initiatives intended to prepare for the growth in airline operations in the coming years as well as secure a quality improvement in the services provided to our cargo customers,” (OMR) (CEO) Paul Gregorowitsch said. The airline recently amended its agreement with freight airline, Cargolux (CLX) to widen its interests in this sector.
“This strategic partnership with (OMR) will enhance connectivity for our cargo customers across Asia and strengthen Oman’s position as a transit hub,” (SATS) President & (CEO) Alex Hungate added. “We also see opportunities to develop cold-chain handling capabilities and promote carriage of premium and temperature-controlled airfreight for Oman Air (OMR) and other airlines.”
News Item A-2: "Oman Air Eyes Cooperation with new (LCC)" by Alan Dron, (ATW) Plus, April 15, 2016.
Oman Air (OMR) views the new Omani low-cost carrier (LCC) Salam Air as a complement to its operations, rather than competition, (OMR) (CEO) Paul Gregorowitsch said. (OMR) has in the past studied the possibility of setting up its own budget carrier, but concluded it would be a distraction to the mainline carrier’s expansion plans.
News Item A-3: Muscat-based Oman Air (OMR) expects to make a decision on the shape of its future wide body fleet in 2018, with initial deliveries early in the following decade, (CEO) Paul Gregorowitsch said on April 13.
Speaking in London to mark the inauguration of (OMR), the flag carrier’s 2nd daily service from Muscat to London Heathrow (LHR), Gregorowitsch said initial talks are already underway with both Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC).
(OMR) has 10 Airbus A330s and the 1st 2 of 6 787s. The initial pair are 787-8s, as are 2 recently wet-leased Kenya Airways (KEN) airplanes. However, (KEN) will substitute the larger 787-9 for the next 2 from Seattle and is deciding on whether the final brace will be 787-9s or 787-10s.
The airline has 40 airplanes in its fleet and is planning a rapid ramp-up to 70 airplanes by 2020. Of that number, 25 will be wide bodies.
In the coming months, there will be further negotiations with the manufacturers to decide whether (OMR) opts for a future all-Boeing fleet. This would have some commonality advantages, Gregorowitsch said, as the flight deck of the 787 and the 737 MAX, which the airline also has on order, are almost identical.
However, if (OMR) decides to spread its risk, it would probably opt for the Airbus A350-900, he said. The A330neo is unlikely to be picked, despite (OMR) having current-generation A330s in the fleet: “We would seem to be a natural customer [for the neo], but sometimes it’s better to have a new aircraft that’s developed to specifications that’s in competition with the 787, rather than have a facelifted design.” However, he said: “If we get an offer we can’t refuse [for the A330neo], then it’s back to the table.”
He revealed the new second slot pair at (LHR) (an airport that is severely slot-constrained) had come about through combining slots from Kenya Airways (KEN) and Air France (AFA) - (KLM). One slot came from (KEN), the other from the Franco-Dutch consortium, (AFA) - (KLM) which holds a 29% shareholding in (KEN).
(KEN), the Nairobi-based flag carrier is facing serious financial problems and is selling or leasing out aircraft to reduce its costs. (OMR)’s suggestion that it lease 2 of (KEN)’s 787-8s had been seen as helpful to (KEN), which helped to steer the slot in (OMR)’s direction. “We made an offer to Air France (AFA) - (KLM)/(KEN) and we won it, even though we were not the highest bidder.”
Reports in the UK press have talked of (OMR) paying a $75 million price tag for the slot. A nondisclosure agreement means he could not give figures, Gregorowitsch said, but (OMR)‘s bid had been around -6% lower than the highest offer.
May 2016: News Item A-1: "Oman Air Plans for Expansion in Iran market & Fleet Growth" by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann, May 30, 2016.
Oman Air (OMR) is looking to provide crew training and Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services to Iranian airlines, (OMR)’s (CEO) Paul Gregorowitsch, said. “Iran is becoming a hot spot for aviation. (OMR) will offer its new simulator capacities to the airlines of Iran. We are already in talks about where we can cooperate together, such as in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business,” he said.
(OMR) will have 2 full-flight simulators from July (for an Airbus A330 and a Boeing 737) and is considering building a larger simulator training center in the port of Sohar in Oman. If the larger center is developed, the company may add simulators for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 787.
As international relations with Iran open up, and with the USA and the European Union (EU) dropping sanctions, (OMR) wants to stay ahead of what is expected to be a fast-growth market and will increase frequency from its Muscat hub to Tehran to 2x-daily service, with the aim of making that a 3x-times daily. (OMR) also wants to start connections from Muscat to Iranian cities like Mashad, Shiraz, and Isfahan.
(OMR) aims to grow its fleet from 43 in March to 70 by 2020. Gregorowitsch said 25 of the additional aircraft will be wide bodies and the remainder narrow bodies.
“You need a minimum of about 20 to 30 narrow body aircraft and 10 to 15 wide bodies to streamline your overhead costs,” Gregorowitsch said.
News Item A-2: Air Lease Corporation (ALE) has announced the placement of 2 787-9 Dreamliners with Oman Air (OMR).
The 787-9s, scheduled to be delivered from 2018 to 2020, are directly from (ALE)’s order book with Boeing (TBC) and builds on previous deals between the parties.
In August 2015, (OMR) confirmed its intention to lease 14 Boeing airplanes from (ALE), comprised of 3 new 737-800s, 7 new 737-8 MAXs, 1 new 787-9, 1 used 737-700 and 2 used 737-800 airplanes.
Alex Khatibi, Executive VP of (ALE) said the transaction for the 2 787-9s was enabled by the strong existing relationship between the 2 firms.
August 2016: 737-81M (60392, A40-BAB) delivery.
November 2016: Oman Air (OMR) has opened a training center for flight deck (FC) and cabin crews (CA) at its hub in Muscat, the Omani capital. The Oman Air Flight Training Centre (OAFTC) will help (OMR), the national carrier train more personnel as it steadily ramps up the size of its fleet in the next few years. (OMR) had a 35-strong fleet in January 2015. That figure has now increased to 45 and will climb to 70 by 2020.
The (OAFTC) will house 1 full-flight simulator for the Airbus A330 and another for the Boeing 737, both supplied by Canadian manufacturer (TRU) Simulation + Training. Additionally, 1 device for the 737 has been installed as a training tool for cadet programs.
The new center will save (OMR) money by allowing instruction to take place at its home base, rather than having to send personnel abroad for the necessary training. Spare capacity on the simulators will be offered to 3rd parties, generating a new revenue stream for the company.
A state-owned enterprise, (OMR) has been heavily subsidized by the government until recently, but the level of financial support has sharply tapered off because of the slumping price of oil. “The center also includes the facilities needed to train (OMR)’s cabin crew (CA),” Oman Air (OMR) Executive VP & (COO) Ali Hassan Sulaiman said. “These include A330 and Boeing 737 mock-ups, along with a Boeing 787 door trainer.”
The new center was created within a tight timeframe: development plans were announced in November 2015 and by September 2016 the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was able complete both its compliance monitoring system and simulator audits.
“The start of the construction of the (OAFTC) marked an important part in the airline’s development,” Oman Air (OMR) Chairman & National Finance Minister Darwish Bin Ismail Bin Ali Al Balushi said. “It also represents a major step in the evolution of the Sultanate of Oman’s training capacity. As (OMR)’s fleet and network expansion program continues, the (OAFTC) will play an increasingly important role in our company’s operations.”
Like most Gulf States, Oman has a policy of increasing the number of indigenous citizens in strategic organizations. “Over the years, (OMR) has expanded its program of recruiting Omani pilots (FC),” Al Balushi said. “As Oman Air (OMR) continues to expand, we will do all in our power to increase this figure.”
January 2017: 737-8SH (41350, A40-BAF), ex-(N1796B), Air Lease Corporation leased.
February 2017: Oman Air (OMR) increased frequency between Muscat and Calicut to 2x-daily. Other destinations in India also are now served more frequently: Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad are now 3X-daily and Lucknow 2x-daily.
737-8SH (41351, A40-BAG), Air Lease Corporation leased and 737-9 (37168, A40-OVB), ex-(N1026G), (CIT) Aerospace leased.
March 2017: Oman Air (OMR) is connecting Muscat with the Kenyan capital, Nairobi with a new 4x-weekly service (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (737-800). Also started a 3 hrs 30 min flight 2x-daily, between Salalah, Oman to Calicut, India (737-800). Passengers now don't need to transfer at Muscat airport.
April 2017: News Item A-1: Oman Air (OMR) recorded a sharp deterioration in its financial position in 2016, making a net loss of -RO129.8 million/-$337.1 million compared to -RO86.3 million in 2015. Full-year revenue was up +1% at RO4.73 billion.
Last year, (OMR) was operating in “an increasingly volatile, political and economic climate,” (CEO) Paul Gregorowitsch said. Passenger numbers grew by >21%, to 7.7 million, while capacity, measured in ASKs, grew +20% to 24.8 billion. RPKs increased +25.5%, resulting in load factor rising +3% to 74.4% LF.
Last year, net yield with respect to RPK fell by more than -17% across the network to 18.5 billion “due to a number of external factors,” Gregorowitsch said. “As a result of this, we have modified our growth targets slightly, but enhancing our fleet and network is the way to continue to stimulate demand and create stand out in an increasingly crowded market place.”
(OMR)’s fleet is expanding steadily, with the aim of reaching around 70 aircraft by 2020; staff numbers are also rising, and rose 12.6% last year to >7,600.
Oman Air (OMR) has been persistently loss-making, with the state-owned company underwritten by the Omani government. However, this support has been tapering off in recent years.
(OMR) is regarded as one of the sultanate’s major economic drivers and (OMR) was said last year to have contributed close to RO600 million to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). That figure is expected to jump to RO990 million in the coming year as the nation ramps up efforts to increase its tourism sector.
News Item A-2: Oman Air’ (OMR)s fleet and route map continued to grow in 2016, but (OMR)’s financial performance remained unclear after it announced its annual financial report. Despite the document’s title, few details were given, notably in terms of profit and loss.
(OMR)’s revenues in 2016 inched upwards by +1% compared to 2015, to 472 million rials/$1.2 billion, but no figures were given to compare against 2015’s net loss of -86 million rials. (OMR), which has been consistently loss-making, has been slowly reducing its deficit in recent years and had been aiming to reach breakeven by the end of 2017. (OMR)’s losses have been underwritten by the Omani government, but that support has been dropping sharply.
In his comments to (OMR)’s annual general meeting, Chairman Darwish Bin Ismail Bin Ali Al Balushi, noted that fluctuating oil prices continued to negatively affect the global economic outlook. The company is regarded as a major pillar of the Omani economy, which is ramping up its tourism industry. Al Balushi estimated (OMR)’s contribution to Oman’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2016 at 600 million rials, a considerable increase on 2015’s figure of 415 million rials.
Despite the uncertain economic backdrop, (OMR)’s growth has continued, said Al Balushi. (OMR) is aiming for a 70-strong fleet by 2020. It has reached 47 airplanes, with additions in 2016 including 4 Boeing 737-800s. The type forms the backbone of (OMR)’s fleet.
Capacity in 2016, in terms of (ASK)s, jumped 20% to 24.8 billion. However, this was matched by a +21% increase in passenger numbers, which rose to 7.7 million, compared to 6.4 million in 2015.
The fleet now consists of 4 Boeing 787-8s; 6 Airbus A330-300s; 4 Airbus A330-200s; 5 Boeing 737-900s; 23 737-800s; a single 737-700; and 4 Embraer E175s. 3 more 737-800s are scheduled to join the fleet in 2017, while the 1st 787-9 arrived in March 2017 and a 2nd is due this month. The new airplanes will help support the continued growth of the route map, which added 9 destinations in 2016 and 2 (Manchester, England, and Nairobi, Kenya) so far in 2017.
(OMR)’s long-haul A330-200s and A330-300s are undergoing a cabin refurbishment 8 years after their introduction, with the 1st returning to service in October 2016.
Cargo volumes also increased in 2016 increased to 159,618 metric tons/175,900 tons compared to 138,972 tonnes in 2015.
(OMR) is also expected to benefit from the approaching completion of a new passenger terminal at (OMR)’s Muscat hub.
May 2017: Gulf carrier Oman Air (OMR) will trim its fleet of Boeing 737s by leasing out 3 of the type. (OMR), the rapidly expanding national carrier is in the course of finalizing agreements to lease out its sole 737-700 model, as well as 2 737-800s that were scheduled to be disposed of in 3 years. Muscat-based Oman Air (OMR) currently has 5 737-900s and 23 737-800s in its fleet and is scheduled to take 3 more 737-800s this year.
August 2017: News Item A-1: Oman’s national carrier Oman Air (OMR) and Bahrain-based Gulf Air (GUL) will code share between their respective hubs at Muscat and Muharraq.
Passengers will be able to choose from a combined daily frequency of 6 flights between the 2 airports.
Describing Gulf Air (GUL) as “a strategic and important partner,” (OMR)’s Deputy (CEO) and (CCO) Abdulrahman Al Busaidy noted that travelers on the route would soon be able to fly through the new Muscat International Airport, which will provide enhanced facilities compared to the current terminal.
“This code share reflects (GUL)’s consistent drive to offer our customers attractive options to fly to popular travel destinations,” (GUL) (CCO) Ahmed Janahi said. “With this agreement we are not only increasing our flight frequencies to and from Muscat, but also giving Muscat-based passengers an expanded range of connections with Gulf Air (GUL) via Bahrain International Airport to various destinations across our network.”
Bahrain, too, will soon have a new international airport, with a new terminal being constructed near the current 1970s-vintage building. It is scheduled to open in (3Q) 2019.
Oman, together with Bahrain, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi, formed (GUL) in 1974. Oman, Qatar and Abu Dhabi all split from the original company in the 2000s.
February 2018: News Item A-1:
Oman Air (OMR) plans to launch 3 new routes this year: to Istanbul, Turkey in June; Casablanca, Morocco in July; and Moscow, Russia in October, as (OMR), the Oman national carrier continues to expand. The routes include: Daily Muscat to Istanbul Boeing 737-800 service begins June 1; 4x-weekly Muscat to Casablanca Boeing 787-8 service will begin July 1, the only nonstop service to Casablanca from Oman; daily Muscat to Moscow 737-800 service will begin in October, the only non-stop service .
News Item A-2: Oman Air (OMR) appointed Suleiman Al Ghannami as (CFO) as of February 1.
March 2018: Muscat International Airport has opened its new terminal, a development intended to significantly improve conditions for passengers traveling to and from the Omani capital.
The new terminal is expected to ease congestion at Muscat as hub carrier Oman Air (OMR) has said for some time that its growth is being affected by the cramped conditions of the old building.
(OMR)’s rapid growth in recent years has seen passenger traffic at the airport rising steadily, from 7.5 million in 2012 to 12 million in 2016, the last full year for which figures are available.
Capacity of the old terminal was around 8 million passengers per annum. The new terminal will be able to handle 12 million annually and 3 subsequent expansion phases, which will be constructed as demand requires, will see capacity rising to 24, 36, then 48 million passengers.
The new terminal opened March 20 with the 1st flight, an (OMR) service from Najaf in Iraq.
The old terminal is believed to be developed into a building dedicated for (LCC)s.
August 2018: "Oman Air Expands Lufthansa Code Share" by Alan Dron (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 7, 2018.
Oman Air (OMR) is increasing its exposure to the European market by extending its existing code share agreement with Lufthansa (DLH).
Under the expanded agreement, Muscat-based Oman Air (OMR) passengers flying to Lufthansa (DLH)'s Frankfurt and Munich hubs will now be able to connect with flights by (DLH) to Madrid, Brussels, Vienna and Prague. (DLH) will continue to code share with (OMR) on (OMR)-operated services from both Frankfurt and Munich to Muscat.
“Strategic code shares are a crucial way for us to broaden customer choice. Our continued relationship with Lufthansa (DLH) is very important for (OMR),” (OMR)’s (CEO) Abdulaziz Al Raisi said.
The original code share with (DLH) in March 2017 gave (OMR) access to 47 destinations on (DLH)’s network.
September 2018: 737 MAX 8 (43328, A40-MD), ex-(N1786B) Air Lease Corporation (ALE) delivery.
November 2018: News Item A-1: Oman Air (OMR) believes joint ventures (JVs) with code share partners would offer greater benefits to (OMR) than membership in a global alliance. “A small carrier in a global alliance is really unheard of. I believe the future is more about (JVs) and partners, getting other assets such as frequent flyer programs and lounge access,” (CCO) Paul Starrs said.
News Item A-2: "Oman Air: New Muscat Terminal Already Bringing Benefits" by Kurt Hofmann (email@example.com), November 16, 2018.
Muscat International Airport’s new terminal is already delivering a better experience for passengers as well as improved airline operations, Oman Air (OMR) officials said. The terminal, which opened March 20, was built to accommodate rising passenger traffic at the Oman Air (OMR) hub. The new facility, with a capacity of 12 million passengers annually, brings the airport’s total passenger capacity to 20 million.
“The new terminal is an absolute asset to the country and to the national carrier. It is overdue,” (OMR) (CCO) Paul Starrs said. “The terminal is built for our expectations and takes us forward into the next years.” (OMR), which has a 70% market share at Muscat, expects to see 10.5 million passengers annually in the future, Starrs said.
Subsequent construction phases are planned to increase capacity to 56 million passengers as demand rises. The terminal is also improving (OMR)’s operations, VP Airport Operations, Saleem Amanulla said. “We have reached now 96% on-time performance,” he said.
Connecting flights account for 70% of passenger traffic at the airport and 30% are point-to-point traffic, he said. “Actually, the hub system is a byproduct for (OMR), because we are focusing very much on how to serve Oman with destinations, point-to-point traffic,” Starrs added.
The new terminal offers 29 airplane contact stands, including 2 Code F stands to accommodate Airbus A380s and Boeing 747-8s. “The contact stands enable us to have 98% of our (OMR) flights directly connected with the terminal,” Amanulla said. There are also 16 gates to transport passengers by bus.
News Item A-3: Oman Air (OMR) opened reservation for its new service from Muscat (MCT) to Athens (ATH). Flights will be served daily by Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes starting from June 1, 2019.
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0 727-86 (JT8D) (323-19172, /66 EP-IRB), (IRN) WET-LEASED 2000-05. RETURNED.
0 727-231 (JT8D) (1063-20843, /74 ZS-ODO), EX-(TWA), (NWR) LEASED 1999-09. RETURNED.
0 727-294 (JT8D) (1561-22044, /79 ZS-OBM), (SFA) LEASED 1999-08. RETURNED.
0 737-42R (CFM56-3) (2997-29107, /98 TC-APD), (PGS) LEASED 1999-11. RETURNED.
0 737-4Q8 (CFM56-3C1) (3009-28202, /98 TC-APP), (PGS) WET-LEASED 1999-11, RETURNED IN 2003-03, LEASED TO (APL). 24F, 123Y.
10 ORDERS (2017-02) 737NG (CFM56-7B):
1 737-7Q8 (CFM56-7B24) (1142-28250, /02 A40-BT; 1048-30649, /01 A40-BS), (ILF) LEASED. 28250; RETURNED. 12C, 114Y.
1 737-700 (CFM56-7B) (33103), AIR LEASE CORPORATION (ALE) LONG TERM LEASE.
1 737-71M (CFM56-7B24) (1154-33103, /02 A40-BO), 12C, 114Y.
0 737-8BK (CFM56-7B) (2282-29646, G-CEJP), (FGC) WET-LEASED. RETURNED (FGC) 2009-05. 12C, 144Y.
1 737-8BK (CFM56-7B) (2457-29685, A40-BA "FAHUD"), (TCI) LEASED. 12C, 144Y.
3 737-8FZ (CFM56-7B) (2853-29682, A40-BM, 2009-05; 3051-29637, A40-BF, 2009-10; 3060-29664, A40-BG, 2009-10), (BBB) LEASED. 12C, 144Y.
2 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B26) (1018-30652, /01 A40-BN "MUSCAT" 2002-12; 35272, A40-BP 2008-03), (ILF) LEASED. 12C, 144Y.
1 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B26) (37161, A40-BE), (ILF) LEASED 2009-06. EX-(N1786B). 12C, 144Y.
1 737-8SH (CFM56-7B) (41350, A40-BAF; 41351, A40-BAG), EX-(N1796B) AIR LEASE CORPORATION LEASED 2017-01 & 2017-02. 12C, 144Y.
3 ORDERS (2017-02) 737-800 (CFM56-7B), AIR LEASE CORPORATION (ALE) LONG TERM LEASE:
4 737-81M (CFM56-7B26) (30721, A40-BB, 2007-05; 1337-33104, /03 A40-BR; 2537-35272, A40-BP, 2008-03; 35284, A40-BC, 2008-12; 2804-35287, A40-BD; 37161, A40-BE, 2009-06), (ILF) LEASED. WINGLETS. 12C, 144Y.
3 737-81M (CFM56-7B26) (33104, A40-BR, 2003-07; 1674-34242, /05 A40-BJ, 2005-03, 44421, /14 A40-BQ, 2014-12). WITH WINGLETS. 12C, 144Y.
1 737-81M (CFM56-7B26) (2554-35108, A40-BU), (RBS) AEROSPACE LEASED 2008-03. EX-(N1786B). WITH WINGLETS. 12C, 144Y.
2 737-81M (CFM56-7B26) (44423, A40-BX; 44424, A40-BY), EX-(N1796B & N1786B), 2015-03. WITH WINGLETS. 12C, 144Y.
1 737-81M (CFM56-7B26) (60392, A40-BAB), 2016-08.
1 737-86N (CFM56-7B26) (36027, OK-TVV), EX-(N1787B), TRAVEL SERVICE (TSF) LEASED 2013-01. 12C, 154Y.
0 737-86Q (CFM56-7B26) (963-30278, /01 OK-TVC), (TSF) 10 MONTH WET-LEASED 2002-10. WITH WINGLETS. RETURNED. 12C, 154Y.
2 737-800 (CFM56-7B), WET-LEASED 2013-02. 12C, 150Y.
6 ORDERS (2014-02) 737-800 (CFM56-7B26):
3 737-91M (CFM56-7B) (40070, A40-BK; 40071, A40-BT; 44425, A40-BZ), 2015-05.
4 +1 ORDER 737-91MER (CFM56-7B) (40071, A40-BT, 2015-12).
10 ORDERS (2019-02) 737 MAX:
3 +3 ORDERS 737-8 MAX (96960-43298, A40-MC; 43328, A40-MD, 2018-09), AIR LEASE CORPORATION (ALE) LONG TERM LEASE. 12C, 150Y.
0 757-200ER (RB211-535E4), EX-(RBA), RETURNED.
2 787-8 DREAMLINER (TRENT 1000) (42378, /15 A40-SA, 2015-9; 42379, /15 A40-SB - SEE PHOTO, 2018-11), (AVF) 12 YEAR LEASED. 18C, 249Y.
2 787-8 DREAMLINER (TRENT 1000), (KEN) WET-LEASED. 18C, 249Y.
1 +5 ORDERS 787-9 DREAMLINER (TRENT 1000) (37168, /17 A40-OVB, 2017-02), EX-(N1026G), (CIT) AEROSPACE LEASED. 30C (FLAT BED), 258Y.
3 ORDERS 787-9 (TRENT 1000), AIR LEASE CORPORATION (ALE) LONG TERM LEASE, 30C (FLAT BED), 258Y.
2 787-9 (TRENT 1000) (545-38892, /17 A40-SD, 2018-05; 39291, /17 A40-SE) - SEE PHOTO 2018-04. 258Y.
0 A310-304 (565, CS-TEX), HI FLY (LXA) WET-LEASED 2008-08, EX-(F-WWCC). RETURNED.
0 A310-322 (JT9D-7R4) (409; 410), EX-(BAL), (ILF) LEASED, (SAB) MAINTENANCE, RETURNED 2002-02. 199 PAX, 2 CLASS.
0 A310-325 (PW4156) (640, /92 A40-OC; 642, /92 A40-0D), EX-(BAL), (ILF) LEASED 1999-10, RETURNED 2002-02. 642 LEASED TO (APZ) 2003-07. 17F, 159Y.
0 A320-212 (814, SU-LBB), (LOU) WET-LEASED 2001-08, RETURNED 2001-10.
0 A320-214 (1413, SU-LBE), RETURNED (LOU) 2002-09.
2 A330-243 (TRENT 700) (1038, A40-DA, 2009-09 - - "OMR-A330-243-2009-08;" 1049, A40-DC, 2009-10), (AWW) LEASED. 20C, 196Y.
2 A330-243 (TRENT 700) (1120, A40-DF, 2010-05). EX-(F-WWYA). 20C, 196Y.
1 A330-243 (CF6-80E1) (807, /07 VT-JWE - - SEE PHOTO - - "OMR-A330-243-2009-05"), (JPL) WET-LEASED. RETURNED. 220 PAX, 2 CLASS.
4 A330-343 (1044, A40-DB, 2009-10; 1063, A40-DD, 2009-11; 1093, A40-DE, 2010-03; 1582, /14 A40-DI). 6F, 20C, 204Y.
0 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTER (PT6A-27) (813, /84 A40-DB), RETURNED. 20Y.
1 CESSNA CITATION II 550 (JT15D-4) (0486, /84 A40-SC).
1 ATR42-512 (PW127E) (497, /96 A40-AL; 501, /96 A40-AM), 501; RETURNED CIMBER AIR AS (OY-CIK). 50Y.
2 ATR42-512 (PW127E) (574, /98 A40-AS; 576, /98 A40-AT), 574 RETURNED & 2 YEAR LEASED TO (DCC) 2005-03. 576 LEASED TO (DCC) 2005-10. 50Y.
1 F 27-500 (DART 536-7) (10641, A40-FE), RF EAGLE AIR (EGZ) 2001-07,
(10630, /82 A40-FB; 10642, /82 A40-FG; 10631, /82 FOR SALE, 10630; 10631; 10642; SOLD TO EXPO AVIATION 2003-01. 52Y.
4 +1/5 ORDER EMBRAER E175, 1 FOR ROYAL OMANI POLICE OPERATIONS. 12C, 60Y.
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DARWISH BIN ISMAIL BIN ALI AL BALUSHI, CHAIRMAN.
ABDULAZIZ AL RAISI, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2018-08).
PAUL GREGOROWITSCH, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), EX-(BER)/(MTH)/(AFA)/(KLM) (2014-08).
Prior to his time at airberlin (BER), Paul, a Dutch citizen, was President & (CEO) of Amsterdam-based, passenger and cargo carrier Martinair (MTH), where he implemented a restructuring process to restore profitability. He also previously held several management positions within AirFrance (AFA) - (KLM), rising to Executive VP Commercial.
Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I am joining Oman Air (OMR) at a critical time in its development and I look forward to making a significant contribution to its prosperity and growth, as well as to Oman’s travel and tourism industry.”
ABDULRAHAMAN AL-BUSAIDY, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO) (2014-07) & DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
Former Oman Air (OMR) (CEO) 2000 to 2006.
SULEIMAN AL GHANNAMI, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
PAUL STARRS, CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER (CCO).
AZIZ AL-RAISI, SENIOR MANAGER BASE MAINTENANCE (2001-12).
CAPTAIN MOHAMMED AL-MAHROOQI, DIVISIONAL MANAGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS (MCTOOWY) (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CAPTAIN HAFIDH AL-HINAI, SENIOR MANAGER LINE OPERATIONS (MCTELWY).
SALIM AL-KINDY, DIVISION MANAGER ENGINEERING (MCTELWY) (email@example.com).
EDWARD GRAUVOGL, DIVISION MANAGER COMMERCIAL.
SALIM BARAKAT ABDULLAH, DIVISION MANAGER CORPORATE SERVICES.
PHILIPPE GEORGIOU, CHIEF OFFICER CORPORATE AFFAIRS (2010-02).
RASHID AL GHAILANI, CHIEF OFFICER HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) (2014-01).
HAMOOD AL-BAHLANI, DIVISION MANAGER SERVICE DELIVERY.
ABDULLA AL-ABRY, SENIOR MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA).
IBRAHIM AL SAQRY, SENIOR MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE OUTSTATIONS.
ALI AL-LAWATYA, SENIOR MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE.
ABDULLA BA-OMAR, SENIOR MANAGER PRODUCTION PLANNING & CONTROL (PPC).
ABDULLA AL-KINDY, SENIOR MANAGER PROJECTS.
ADIL AL-KINDY, MANAGER DEVELOPMENT & TECHNICAL SERVICES ENGINEERING (MCTELWY).
TALAL AL-RIYAMI, MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA).
ALI REDHA, MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE (2000-12).
JEFF HUFER, (AWW) SUPPORT ENGINEER.