Omani flag carrier Oman Air has taken delivery of a brand-new Airbus A330-300 aircraft and began flying the aircraft on the freshly-launched Muscat – Manila route yesterday.
The airline has configured the new 289- seat A330s in a two-class configuration – 265 economy and 24 business class seats in a 2-2-2 layout.
Each new premium seat is 21 inches wide, converts into a 77-inch long, fully-flat bed and features a 17-inch PTV.
The initially twice-weekly Manila service will be upgauged to thrice-weekly from December 13.
Oman Air will also launch a thrice-weekly Muscat – Jakarta service on the new A330s from December 12, to be increased to four-weekly from January 2.
The Manila and Jakarta launches add to Oman Air’s existing network in the Far East (Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur) and particularly South Asia where it flies to ten destinations in India, three in Pakistan, as well as to the capitals of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives.
The carrier hopes to establish Muscat – just like Emirates did with Dubai and Qatar Airways with Doha – as a transfer hub for east-west traffic. As such, passengers flying in from Asia will have generally short connection times to Oman Air’s services to London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Milan and Zurich.
Oman Air has a current fleet of 31 aircraft. It expects to grow this to 55 by 2017.
For more information visit omanair.com
Dominic Sebastian Lalk