Oman Air has received the second of 30 Boeing 737 Max 8s it has ordered, bringing the fleet of Oman’s national carrier to a total of 49 aircraft.
The new 737 Max 8 is configured with 162 seats in two classes: 12 in business and 150 in economy. The addition of the new aircraft to Oman Air’s fleet adds increased capability within the single-aisle market. Additionally, the 737 Max 8 boasts an 8% lower operating costs than its main competitor.
The first of five 737 MAX aircraft expected for delivery in 2018, Oman Air is also set to receive the first of its three 787-9 Dreamliner on order. As per the order, two of the 787-9 Dreamliner will be equipped with First Class product with eight full privacy mini-suites, along with 24 Business class seats and 232 economy seats.
Another key area of expansion for the airline will be around the launch of three new destinations in 2018. The first to be launched in June will be a route to Casablanca in Morocco, and will closely be followed by the launch of a route to Istanbul, Turkey in July. Oman Air is expected to launch a new route to Moscow, Russia, at some point during the fourth quarter of 2018.
To date, Oman Air’s fleet comprising of seven Boeing 787 Dreamliners, six Airbus 330-300s, four Airbus 330-200s, five Boeing 737-900s, 21 Boeing 737-800, two Boeing 737 MAXs and four Embraer 175s.