Published on : Friday, December 5, 2014
Under the patronage of H.E Darwish Ismail Al Balushi, Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs and Oman Air’s Chairman of the Board, Oman Air showcased the latest additions to its growing fleet.
At an exclusive event in Muscat on Monday 1st December, VIPs, Sindbad Frequent Flyer Programme members and media representatives, in addition to Oman Air’s staff, were shown around both the brand new A330-300 and B737-900 aircraft.
Each features brand new interiors, seats and inflight entertainment systems.
Oman Air’s Chairman, His Excellency Darwish Al Balushi, Members of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Paul Gregorowitsch and members of the airline’s senior management team hosted the event.
They were on hand to outline Oman Air’s future plans and answer guests’ questions.
Paul Gregorowitsch commented:
“Everyone at Oman Air is delighted with these new aircraft, which are the first of 24 that we will take delivery of over the next three years.
We were, therefore, extremely proud to have invited VIPs, stakeholders, the media, our most valued customers and my Oman Air colleagues to view them at Muscat International Airport.
“Our guests tried out our superb new Business Class and Economy Class seats, inspected our new, state-of-the-art IFE systems and found out more about our plans for the future.
“On behalf of His Excellency the Chairman and all my colleagues, it was a pleasure to welcome our guests aboard the new aircraft and to herald a wonderful new chapter in Oman Air’s 21-year history.”
Oman Air’s new Airbus A330-300 features 24 new Business Class seats designed by BE Aerospace.
Fitted in a 2-2-2 configuration, each comfortable and spacious 21-inch wide seat converts to a 77-inch long, fully flat bed.
With electrically-operated backrest, seat bottom, seat depth and leg rest controls, and a folding armrest, each customer remains in control of their own environment for the duration of their flight.
Furthermore, one-piece meal table and cocktail table offer a range of dining options, whilst an integrated reading light and mood light controls enable customers to work, read or relax, according to their wishes.
A literature pocket, headset compartment, life vest compartment and ample storage space keep each passenger’s space neat.
Access to the aircraft’s leading edge Thales AVANT in-seat audio video on demand (AVOD) inflight entertainment system is through a huge 17-inch monitor and easy-to-use touch screen handset.
The system offers a wide range of movies, music, games and information. Charging devices and extended use of laptops is supported by each seat’s universal power outlet and two USB ports.
And, having pioneered complete inflight mobile phone (GSM) and wi-fi connectivity in 2010, Oman Air is now raising the bar further by introducing the latest Airbus ALNA system for onboard WiFi and mobile phone usage.
The new Oman Air Boeing B737 cabin offers 12 Recaro-designed Business Class seats in a 2-2 configuration. Each seat features electric backrest/seat bottom, leg rest and seat depth controls, a 10.6-inch in-arm video screen, PC power outlet, USB port, reading light and literature pocket.
To complement this outstanding comfort and amenity, Oman Air has fitted the same Thales AVANT in-seat audio video on demand (AVOD) system in this short and medium haul aircraft as it has in its new long haul A330s.
Both the Oman Air’s new Airbus A330-300s and new Boeing B737s feature seats newly-designed by Zodiac Aerospace.
Each offers exceptional comfort and features a one-piece composite seat back structure, a high seat back pivot and articulating bottom pan and a four-way adjustable headrest.
Seat pitches reflect the length of flights each aircraft will be deployed upon, with the A330’s 265 seats offering 32 inches and the 737-900ER’s 171 seats offering 30 inches.
A folding aisle-side armrest offers increased ease of access, and a sturdy, bi-fold, sliding food table makes a pleasure of in-seat dining or working. Meanwhile, the 10.6-inch seatback LCD screen offers access to the same IFE options as those enjoyed in Business Class.
A USB is mounted on the LCD screen that can be used to charge any mobile smart phone and each pair of seats shares a PC power port.