Oman Air to commemorate Sri Lanka flights
Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman will be commemorating its flights to the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo on February 26th. The flights to this destination were launched in November last year with four weekly frequencies between Muscat, capital of the Sultanate of Oman and Colombo.
HE Eng Sultan Hamdoon Al Harthi, the President of the Muscat Municipality, will be the chief guest for the launch celebrations that will have a high-level delegation from Oman Air, led by Oman Air’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Hill, along with other Senior Management team who will be in Colombo for this purpose.
To commemorate its new service, Oman Air has arranged for a press conference that will be attended by the Sri Lankan press corps on the 25th and a gala dinner on the 26th at Hotel Cinnamon Grand for the top officials of Sri Lanka and the travel trade members. This event will give the invitees an opportunity to interact with Oman Air’s top management.
Peter Hill Oman Air’s Chief Executive Officer says: “Sri Lanka has proven to be a welcomed addition to the ever expanding Oman Air network. We have reasons to believe that our customers are thrilled with this destination, as Sri Lanka has everything a tourist wants to explore, experience and see. Together with the new A 330 aircraft that are deployed into this segment and the spectacular natural beauty that the place is known for, our valued customers can surely have an enjoyable holiday. Our service to this destination is also viewed as a boon by the many Sri Lankan expatriates working in Oman who have started using our services. Sri Lanka is a place that can be visited the whole year round and is rated as one of the top tourist destination of the world. With Oman Air’s exemplary services and products, I am sure this will open up a whole new experience for the discerning travelers, especially in Oman.”
Oman Air will be offering the full connectivity suite (Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir) on its commercial widebody aircraft when it starts to unroll full mobile phone and wi-fi connectivity across its brand new Airbus A330 fleet, towards the beginning of March 2009. The move will give passengers in First, Business and Economy classes the opportunity to make and receive mobile phone calls, SMS, use email and the internet and keep up-to-date with social networking media, such as Facebook and Twitter.
About Oman Air
Oman Air is the flag carrier of the Sultanate of Oman. Founded in 1993, the airline has since witnessed massive growth and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, supporting the commercial, industrial and tourism sectors.
The airline currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to major Gulf destinations, such as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh and Kuwait. In addition, Oman Air flies to ten destinations in India - Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur; to Chittagong in Bangladesh and Karachi in Pakistan, Cairo, Beirut and Amman, Jordan, besides London and Bangkok.
Oman Air commenced in September 2009 four weekly flights to Frankfurt and from October, three weekly flights to Munich as well as four weekly flights to Paris, Charles de Gaulle from Muscat. In Asia, Oman Air flies since October 2009 four times a week between Muscat and Maldives and flies four times a week to Colombo, Sri Lanka, since November 2009.
Oman Air’s fleet consists of Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A330s. At the end of 2009 the fleet strength stood at 15 B737-800s, two A330-200s and two A330-300s. During 2010 / 2011, 3 additional A330-300 will be delivered.
Also, Oman Air recently signed a contract with Embraer for the purchase of five Embraer 175 aircraft from the E-Jets family, with purchase rights for another five aircraft. The first delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2011. For the future Oman Air has ordered 7 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which are scheduled for delivery in 2014.
Oman Air unveiled its First Class Mini Suite in October 2009 which marks a further milestone in Oman Air’s ongoing drive for quality and comfort. During early 2009, Oman Air unveiled its new, lie-flat Business Class seat, which offers greater levels of comfort and amenity than many other airlines’ first class products and will be fitted on all the new Airbus wide-body fleet.
Corporate Communications & Media Department
22 February 2010