Oman Air sets sights on long-haul

Oman Air is planning to operate long-haul flights for the first time.

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By  Gemma Hornett Published  June 8, 2006

The carrier will make Far East destinations its main priority, Abdulrazaq Alraisi, senior manager, sales, Oman Air, told ATN at last month’s ATM. “Over the next five years we will purchase new aircraft and have many new routes. In terms of long-haul, destinations such as China and Bangkok will be our main focus,” he said. Increased services to India are also on the agenda and within the region, Oman Air will fly to Amman and Jeddah by October, Alraisi added. In addition, on May 1, the airline upped frequencies on the Muscat-Dubai route from 27 to 44 per week. “We are also in the process of organising a flight to Tehran via Dubai because Iran offers good travel potential,” he said. By May next year, Oman Air hopes to have taken delivery of three new wide body 737 aircraft to facilitate growth. The carrier also code shares with Gulf Air on many regional and international routes, a partnership that is set to grow stronger as Oman’s appeal as a tourist destination gathers momentum.

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