Jun 08 2014
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Oman Air is celebrating the latest in a sting of prestigious honours, following the presentation to the airline of the ‘Best Arab Air Carrier’ award at the Arab Tourism Media Awards. The national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman was also given a special award in appreciation of its long-term and continuing support for the Arab Tourism Media.
The Arab Tourism Media Awards are now in their fourth year and were held at the Al Bustan Palace hotel, Muscat. They were organised by the Arab Centre for Tourism Media, in collaboration with the Oman Ministry of Tourism and under the auspices of Ahmed bin Nasser al Mehrzi, Minister of Tourism.
Usama Karim al-Haremi, Head of Corporate Communications and Media at Oman Air, commented:
“Oman Air is pleased and proud to accept the ‘Best Arab Air Carrier’ award and we would like to thank the judges and everyone else at the Arab Tourism Media Awards for this accolade. We are also grateful for the special award which recognised our ongoing commitment to the Arab Tourism Media.
“It is particularly satisfying to be presented with these awards in Oman, which is increasingly renowned at an international level as an outstanding tourism destination which is served by a world-class national airline – Oman Air.
“Later this year, Oman Air will receive the first of the 20 aircraft we currently have on order and we look forward not only to offering even more people a superlative passenger experience, but also to enabling even more people to visit Oman and to discover for themselves the unique beauty and timeless culture of this wonderful country.”
The Arab Tourism Media Awards were presented by His Excellency Ahmed bin Nasser al Mehrzi, Minister of Tourism and Hussain Ali al Manaie, Chairman of the Arab Centre for Tourism Media. In addition to Oman Air’s recognition, other Omani winners included: Al Roya newspaper, which won the ‘Best Tourism-Focused’ award; Mustafa Al Mamri, who won the best Arabic tourism reporter award and the city of Salalah, which captured the ‘Best Arab Tourism Destination’ award.
The presentation of the ‘Best Arab Air Carrier’ award follows a series of recent wins for Oman Air in international awards programmes. In May, Oman Air won the E-commerce, Food and Beverages and Services categories of the Oman Web Awards and, in April, the airline won ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline – Business Class’ and ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline – Economy Class’ at the World Travel Awards, as well as the ‘Best First Class Male’ award at the TravelPlus Airline Amenity Bag Awards. Those accolades continue a trend that has seen Oman Air collect more than 40 awards and accolades over a four-year period in recognition of the high quality of every area of the carrier’s operations.
About Oman Air
Oman Air is the flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman and an Official 4 Star Airline (Skytrax 2011). Founded in 1993, the airline has since witnessed massive growth and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, supporting the commercial, industrial and tourism sectors.
The airline currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madina, Tehran and Kuwait, in the Gulf region, as well as Cairo, Beirut and Amman within the wider Middle East region.
In addition, Oman Air flies to ten destinations in India (Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur), Chittagong in Bangladesh, Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan, Kathmandu in Nepal and Colombo in Sri Lanka. Oman Air also flies to the Maldives, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam. Its European destinations are London, Milan, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich.
Oman Air also has codeshare partnerships with Emirates Airlines, giving travellers better connectivity and an extended range of services between Dubai and Muscat, as well as with Qatar Airways allowing Oman Air’s customers to book flights from any of the 43 departure points within its network to Doha, the capital of Qatar. Earlier this year, Oman Air, entered into a codeshare partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, the national carrier of Ethiopia, on the Muscat and Addis Ababa sectors, which will offer greater choice for customers of the two airlines. In addition, codeshare agreements have recently been signed with
and Turkish Airlines. The
agreement enables that airline’s customers to fly with Oman Air between Muscat and Amman, and Oman Air’s customers to fly with
between Amman and Beirut. The agreement with Turkish Airlines allows passengers to book with either airline to fly between Muscat and Istanbul, with the flights being operated by Turkish Airlines. Oman Air also has signed a codeshare agreement with Sri Lankan Airlines recently, which offers even greater choice and convenience for customers of both airlines. The agreement, allows Oman Air’s customers to book seats on SriLankan Airline’s services from Muscat to Singapore, Male, and China via Colombo. In turn, Sri Lankan Airlines’ customers are able to book onto Oman Air’s flights from Colombo to Zurich via the Omani Capital of Muscat.
Oman Air’s fleet currently consists of four Airbus A330-200s, three Airbus A330-300s, 17 Boeing 737-700s/800s, four Embraer E175s and two ATR 42s. Six Boeing 787 Dreamliners are on order for delivery from 2015, three Airbus A330s are expected from December 2014 and six Boeing 737-800s will be added to the fleet, also from 2014. In addition, Oman Air announced at the Paris Air Show 2013 an order for six Boeing 737-900ERs – the first Gulf carrier to take the aircraft. By 2016, Oman Air’s total fleet size is expected to be around 50 aircraft.
Oman Air’s outstanding aircraft interiors include its First Class Mini Suite, which provides each of the six First Class passengers with direct aisle access and converts to the longest lie-flat seat in the skies. The A330′s 20 award-winning Business Class seats each provide direct aisle access, ample storage space and the latest technological amenities. Economy Class seats offer adjustable head and leg rests, together with generous leg and elbow room.
A state of the art in-flight entertainment system features individual seatback screens, audio and video on demand and live satellite TV. In addition, Oman Air has pioneered both mobile telephony and Internet connectivity on board its flights and this is available in all three classes.
Superb new First and Business Class lounges have been opened at Muscat International Airport, featuring elegant and tranquil relaxation areas, complimentary spa treatments and à la carte dining. A lounge-to-aircraft limousine service is also offered to First Class passengers at Muscat.
Oman Air’s commitment to quality, comfort and a seamless passenger experience has resulted in international acclaim, including: Best Business Class Seat in the World (Skytrax World Airline Awards 2011, 2012); Service Excellence, Middle East (Skytrax World Airline Awards 2011); Best Luxury Airline, Middle East (Business Destinations Awards 2011, 2012, 2013); Technological Innovation of the Year (Aviation Business Awards 2010); as well as recognition in the TravelPlus Amenity Bag Awards 2010 (three Gold, one Silver), 2011 (two Gold, one bronze) and 2012 (one Gold), the Cellars in the Sky Awards 2010 (Silver) and 2012 (two Gold), the KLIA Awards 2011, the 2009 Vision Awards (one Silver, one Bronze) and the Travel Industry Club Awards 2010 (Silver), TTG Travel Award 2011 as Commended Airline of the Year, Best In-flight Connectivity Communications award in The 2011 Passenger Choice Awards in Seattle USA, The Airline of the Year Award at France’s Lauriers d’Or du Voyage d’Affaires, Top Resa 2011. Oman Air was named the Leading Economy Class Airline, Middle East at the World Travel Awards 2013. More recently Oman Air won the TravelPlus Gold Award for Best First Class Male Amenity Bag, thereby, winning the recognition for the fourth year in a row.
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Oman Air Accepts Two Trophies At Arab Tourism Media Awards