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Oman Aviation

About Oman Aviation

Oman Air is the national airline of Oman. Based on the grounds of Muscat International Airport in Seeb, Muscat, it operates scheduled domestic and international passenger services, as well as regional air taxi and charter flights. Its main base is Muscat International Airport. Oman Air is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.

In March 2007, the Omani government recapitalised the airline, which saw the government increasing its shareholding from approximately 33 to 80 percent.It was also announced that Oman Air would be re-evaluating its strategic plans, with a possibility of entering the long-haul market This culminated in the announcement by the government in May 2007 that it would be pulling out of Gulf Air, and would instead concentrate on developing Oman Air.Oman Air commenced its long-haul services on 26 November 2007 by launching flights to Bangkok and London.

On 2 April 2007, Oman Air announced it had placed a firm order with Airbus for 5 Airbus A330 aircraft for delivery in 2009. At the 2009 Dubai Air Show, Oman Air finalized the order, which involved 3 A330-300s and 2 A330-200s. Deliveries started during the third quarter of 2009. In February 2009, Oman Air announced intentions to lease another 2 A330-200s from Jet Airways.During the 2009 Dubai Air Show, Oman Air Air also finalised an order for five Embraer 175 aircraft with another 5 options, which the airline received from 2011.

In March 2010, Oman Air became the first airline in the world to offer both mobile phone and Wi-Fi Internet services on selected routes.By November 2010, the Omani government held a 99.8 percent stake in the airline.In 2011, Oman Air won the Gold award for the "Airline of the Year" at France's Laurier d'Or du Voyage d'Affaires.

During September 2013 the CEO was quoted as saying that Oman Air was studying to move to a 50 aircraft strong fleet by 2017.In April 2015, Oman Air announced it would phase out its smaller aircraft to focus on an all Airbus and Boeing fleet.The 2 ATR 42-500 aircraft were withdrawn by the end of 2015 while the 4 Embraer 175 and the Boeing 737-700 aircraft will be retired by the end of 2016.In April 2017 Oman Air announced plans to replace the A330s with Airbus A350s or Boeing 787s.

Oman Air has started an incentive scheme for travel agents in February, 2017. The first winner of this incentive scheme was Mr. Sumith K.P of Travel City Travel Agency, he was rewarded with a brand new Mini Cooper for his excellent sales in the first quarter of 2017.The second winner of a Mini Cooper was Mouza Al Kindi of Bahwan Travel Agency for her excellent sales in the second quarter of 2017.