Seattle - On Wednesday, January 31, Boeing announced the delivery of the first 737 MAX to Oman Air. The aircraft will allow the national company of the Sultanate of Oman to continue its growth.
Oman Air ordered 20 Boeing 737 MAX in October 2015 and concluded leasing agreements for an additional ten aircraft of the same type since then.
The first of them, a 737 MAX 8, registered as A4O-MA, joins a fleet
that includes 22 Boeing 737-800 and five 737-900. Oman Air expects to receive a total of five 737 MAX by September 2018.
The aircraft will be a perfect complement to our 737 family as we continue to expand our operations and play an increasingly active role in promoting Oman as a business and tourist destination,said Abdulaziz Al-Raisi, Managing Director of the airline.
According to Boeing, Oman Air's commitment to improving the flight experience will be obvious on board the 737 MAX, in both Business Class and Economy Class. Business Class is equipped with twelve power seats with new trimmings, while the 150 economy seats offer a refreshed interior for passengers.
The cabin is equipped with the Thales AVANT entertainment system, with 17-inch touchscreens in Business and 10.2-inch in Economy. In both classes, each seat has a USB port for charging electronic devices during the flight.
Oman Air will deploy The 737 MAX on short and medium-haul routes. The company has started a plan to expand its fleet and network. The Gulf-based operator plans to increase the number of its aircraft in the fleet to 70 from 48 in a few years. In 2017, it opened new routes from its base Muscat to Manchester and Nairobi. For 2018, Istanbul, Morocco, and Moscow are on the horizon.
In addition to the 737s, Oman Air operates 4, 787-8; 3, 787-9; 4, A330-200; 6, A330-300 and 4, Embraer 175.
Boeing has 4,300 firm orders in its backlog for the 737 MAX family, from 92 customers worldwide. In the Middle East, in particular, four companies ordered 300 737 MAX. The aircraft is already flying in
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