Davos, Switzerland. - Oman Air is one of the airlines that was severely hit by the 737 MAX grounding. Last year in June, CEO Abdulaziz Al Raisi said the airline would consider dropping its 737 MAXs on its backlog and starting negotiations with Airbus for new plane orders.
The Middle-Eastern carrier currently has five grounded 737 MAX jets in the fleet. 25 more waiting for delivery, but none of them will be delivered to the airline anytime soon.
Despite the grounding, the Middle Eastern carrier said it was continuing to stand by Boeing in a recent statement.
Boeing is a good friend of Oman. Airbus, as well. And Oman is a good friend of everyone. With Boeing, our relationship is going to continue as it is, there is no change,
Oman Aviation Group CEO Mustafa Al Hinai said during an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Oman Air has a mixed fleet, including a combination of Airbus A330 widebody jets, Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Boeing 737 planes, most of which are the older 737 NG series, and several Embraer regional jets.
The operator plans to launch direct flights from Oman to the United States. Airlines around the world have been forced to revise their growth plans and cancel thousands of flights due to the ongoing 737 Max grounding. Oman Air has canceled as many as 700 737 MAX flights per month.
Boeing has reached compensation agreements with several airlines for the 737 MAX grounding and delivery delays. Oman's state-owned carrierexpects a similar arrangement with the American planemaker.