Oman Air to expand in Europe and Far East

11 Nov 2010 by BusinessTraveller

Oman Air plans to add new European and Far East destinations in the coming months, in addition to flights to Milan which start on December 3.

CEO Peter Hill said “We have our sights set on another country in Europe but we’re not yet in a position to announce it. We are also looking at two or three possibilities in the Far East.”

The carrier – which currently serves the European destinations of London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, and Munich – refreshed its product late last year with six new A330s joining the fleet (three A330-300 and three A330-200). A seventh and final A330-200 will be added in the first half of next year.

Hill said: “We will also be increasing our frequency to our current European destinations of London, Frankfurt, Paris, Munich, Milan. Ideally we would like to have a double daily [service] from Heathrow so we can offer day and night flights.”

The carrier will also start regional flights to Tehran in April next year with an Embraer 175 aircraft.

Oman Air recently hit the headlines when it became the first carrier to offer both in-flight wifi access and mobile phone capability.

Hill said of the uptake over the last couple of months, “most people have a go at SMS or [make] a phone call or two but the internet is more of a conscious decision.”

Live television is also available at the moment with five channels offering current affairs and news focused programmes, but in the next 12 months the carrier hopes to offer a wider variety of channels including sport.

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Report by Felicity Cousins

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