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August 3rd, 2011, 12:28 PM
Oman Air achieves Gold Standard in 2010 Vision Award
Oman Air’s latest annual report has won awards and praise from the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP). The report won a Gold Award in this year’s 2010 Vision Awards Annual Report Competition, whilst Oman Air also won a Bronze Award in the Best Letter to Shareholders category.
In addition, Oman Air’s annual report was ranked 48th in the LACP’s Top 100 Annual Reports worldwide list and 25th in the Top Annual Reports EMEA list, across all categories. During the judging process, the report attracted 98 marks out of a possible 100. More than 5,000 entries to the 2010 Vision Awards Annual Report Competition were received from 24 countries by the LACP and Oman Air has achieved a higher ranking than many large industrial corporations.
Upon receiving the awards, Oman Air’s Chief Finance Officer, Japeen Shah, commented: “We are delighted to have received Gold and Bronze awards in the 2010 Vision Awards, and to have been ranked so high in the worldwide and MENA Top 100 lists, which cover all industries. It is particularly fitting that our annual report achieved the Gold award, as its theme was “Gold Standard”, a reflection of Oman Air’s commitment to delivering the highest quality in everything we do.
“We are also pleased that recognition has been given to an annual report that details so many of Oman Air’s achievements over the course of 2010. We expanded our fleet of aircraft, increased our network of exciting destinations, pioneered inflight mobile phone and wi-fi connectivity and introduced a range of great new products and services. In doing so, we also increased the number of passengers we carried by 38%, cargo carried by 99%, cargo revenues by 238% and overall revenues by 40%, compared with 2009.”
This year’s success in the 2010 Vision Awards builds on last year’s achievements, when Oman Air won Silver and Bronze awards. The Vision Awards process recognises and rewards exemplary annual reporting from across the globe. Elements of annual reporting, such as quality of financial content, message clarity, information accessibility, quality of letter to shareholders, first impressions and more are evaluated through a proprietary judging and scoring system and the world’s best reports are duly identified and rewarded.
Reports submitted are judged across three geographic regions – EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa), the Americas and Asia Pacific and the LACP has this year innovated further by introducing regional Top 50 rankings which join an already existing World Top 100 ranking.
The League of American Communications Professionals was established in 2001 in the USA, to create a forum that discusses ‘best in class’ practices whilst recognising those who demonstrate exemplary communications capabilities.
Japeen Shah concluded: “We would like to thank all our staff and partners, including those involved in preparing the annual report, for the part they have played in Oman Air’s ongoing success. We would also like to thank the League of American Communications Professionals for their invaluable recognition.”
August 3rd, 2011, 12:31 PM
August 4th, 2011, 02:27 AM
Oman Air Flying over my house!!:banana:
August 6th, 2011, 09:55 AM
Oman Air to connect India with Moscow and Zurich from October 2011
Oman Air has unveiled its plans to operate flights to Moscow and Zurich from India. The service will be starting from October 2011. According to Sunil VA, Country Manager - South India, Oman Air, the airline will operate four flights a week to both destinations with a stopover in Muscat, and will use Airbus A330 aircraft. However, he refused to specify the cities in India from which these flights will operate, or the date of the operations’ launch. Currently, Oman Air operates flights from six destinations in India i.e. Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Calicut.
“As part of our network expansion plan, we will soon launch flights to Moscow and Zurich in October from India this year. We also have a few more East-bound routes under consideration. With more aircraft joining the fleet and with increase in capacity/frequency on the existing routes, our focus will be to expand our market-base by building visibility and organising marketing activities in all our online markets. Our marketing focus will be targeted at specific audiences who are conducive to our products, and focus on promoting Oman as a destination,” stated Sunil VA.
Speaking about the potential of the South Indian market, Sunil VA said, “We are keen to increase our frequency to India. We even have new destinations in the pipeline, and are working towards the necessary approvals. South India has been an extremely important market for the airline with six online stations, and our focus at the moment is to reach out to the trade and travellers, and showcase our award winning Best Business Class seats, in-flight services, and our four-star products. We have been successful in our campaigns as indicated by the results so far this year.”Oman Air operates 42 flights daily from South India and enjoys a load factor of 85 per cent on its routes."
The airline, which was recently conferred the Best Business Class Seat Award at the Skytrax World Airline Awards ceremony in Paris, also operates flights to a number of European destinations like London, Frankfurt, Paris, Munich and Milan from India.
August 6th, 2011, 10:02 AM
Al Hajjar Air to start Fujairah flights
Dubai Al Hajjar Air, the Fujairah-based airline is getting ready to launch operations from Fujairah International Airport.
According to reports, the airline is set to launch during the first quarter of 2012.
However Alex de Vos, president and CEO of Al Hajjar Aviation refused to confirm the launch date saying exact details would be issued next week.
Al Hajjar Aviation, the company which owns the airline is currently finalising its investment of about $3.5 million (Dh12.86 million) to fund the leasing of its first aircraft; a Jetstream 41 aircraft from BAE Systems, which can carry up to 29 passengers.
“Operation will start with one aircraft. A couple of months later we will add a second and in five years there will be a total of four,” de Vos told Gulf News.
Similar to recently re-launched RAK Airways, the new carrier plans to offer low-cost tickets but with full flight services.
“Abu Dhabi will be the launch destination. Eventually we’re looking to connect all the GCC countries,” said de Vos.
Following the launch, the airline is looking at expanding to Doha, Muscat, Kuwait and the Indian subcontinent.
Al Hajjar Air also plans to act as a feeder into an existing route network of the major Middle Eastern flag carriers.
It will fly passengers to and from Fujairah to the base of their partner airline.
This will allow passengers flying into Dubai a transfer flights into Fujairah and will allow Fujairah residents to buy a single ticket from Fujairah to London.
“Footfall will be mostly regional tourists and business travellers,” said de Vos.
This launch comes as Fujairah invests in transforming itself into a tourist and trade hub.
A number of high-end hotel resorts have come up recently as well as the emirate’s own free zone.
Connect the capitals
“We decided on the emirate because there are currently no passenger airlines flying out of Fujairah and we’re looking to connect all the capitals of the different emirates. Fujairah is also becoming an increasing prominent leisure travel destination and hotel operators are offering Fujairah packages to passengers flying into Dubai. How will they be transported to Fujairah?” said de Vos.
August 12th, 2011, 05:42 AM
Oman Air may operate economy-only flights
Oman Air is considering operating economy-only flights on routes with low demand, by refurbishing its fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Phillipe Georgiou, chief officer, corporate communications, Oman Air said, “The routes are yet to be decided as the discussion is in its initial stages.”
He said that while Oman Air’s fleet of Airbus and Embraer aircraft featured modern design with state-of-the-art interiors, the Boeing 737s look outdated. “We are thinking of refurbishing the interiors of the Boeing 737s and using them as economy-only flights on certain routes.”
He added that the aircraft could also be used on high demand routes. “The seating arrangements and other matters relating to the interiors have to be worked on.”
According to Oman Air website, the airline operates a fleet of 13 Boeing 737-800s and two 737-700s.
August 12th, 2011, 05:50 AM
Oman Air unveils new Embraer 175s
Oman Air unveiled the Embraer 175, the new addition to its fleet, at Muscat International Airport on Monday. This is the second of Oman Air’s Embraer E jets, which will be deployed to all destinations in Oman and the Middle East.
With a seating capacity of 71 (60 in economy and 11 in business), the planes will operate frequently on shorter distances. Philippe Georgiou, chief officer corporate affairs, Oman Air, said, “We are now happy to have two Embraer 175 jets, which will offer a quality flying experience to customers who want to travel to shorter distances for a reasonable price.”
He added that the two Embraers are part of a fleet of five planes that have been bought in a deal between Oman Air and the Brazilian company Embraer in November 2009.
Salim Mohammed al Kindi, chief technical officer and the acting CEO of Oman Air, said, “The Embraer 175 jets are the ideal platform from which we can expand our regional route networks.
These planes allow us to introduce more point to point routes that are currently not sustainable with larger aircraft, as well as upgrade our services to domestic destinations like Khasab and other new airports currently being developed within Oman.”
November 14th, 2011, 02:58 PM
Kuwaiti lessor ALAFCO has firmed its tentative deal for 30 Airbus A320neo jets and added 20 more to the order.
November 14th, 2011, 03:00 PM
Emirates orders another 50 777-300ERs and starts to sell old planes
November 24th, 2011, 04:07 PM
Western Firms Expand Footprint In Middle East
U.S. and European companies, eager to capitalize on the continued strong demand for private aviation in the Middle East, are opening new support facilities, establishing joint ventures and expanding their service offerings.
November 24th, 2011, 04:10 PM
Looks like a reshuffle at the top was only a matter of time to progress forward :banana:
The new chief executive officer of Oman Air will be finalised in the next 10 days, it has been claimed.
Peter Hill, the national carrier’s existing CEO, is expected to retire in December 2011 following a three-year stint at Oman Air and a replacement has apparently been drafted.
“Initially I was set to retire in September 2011 but I agreed to delay the final date by a few months to enable the board of directors more time to source my successor,” he confirmed to Aviation Business magazine during the Dubai Airshow 2011 last week.
“However, this time around, I am definitely leaving and will move to Sri Lanka. In terms of my replacement, I believe someone will be finalised in the next 10 days. An announcement is imminent,” he added.
British Midlands International CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer has long been touted by the media as a potential candidate for the position, although Oman Air officials have since ruled the executive out.
“I know a few people have been shortlisted and an announcement will be made very soon to end the speculation,” Hill told Aviation Business magazine in August 2011. “I’m sure the choice will be good for Oman Air and whoever is eventually selected, hopefully they will lead the airline to breakeven in the near future.”
Oman Air announced an order for six Boeing 787-8s at last week’s Dubai Airshow, which will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. The airline completed an arrangement with Boeing and Kuwait-based leasing company ALAFCO to transfer existing orders for the six Dreamliners from ALAFCO to Oman Air.
"Our decision to order the 787-8 is part of Oman Air's long-term growth strategy to expand and modernise our fleet with newer, more fuel-efficient airplanes," said Hill. "We see direct benefits because of the Dreamliner's fuel efficiency and operating economics as well as the enhanced travel experience that Oman Air will be able to offer its customers aboard this airplane."
November 24th, 2011, 04:12 PM
Full list of current airframes
November 24th, 2011, 04:24 PM
Thought this might be on interest, all the LatestDeliveries to airlines made this month
November 27th, 2011, 09:53 AM
Thought this might be on interest, all the LatestDeliveries to airlines made this month
I didnt know there is a LatestDeliveries TAB here!
December 1st, 2011, 09:32 AM
Oman Air orders new engines
December 1st, 2011, 09:34 AM
Gulf carriers cancel flights, warn of disruption
Due to the announcement of the strike by the UK Border Control Authority at all airports in the United Kingdom on November 30, some of the Gulf carriers have predicted significant disruption and extensive delays for passengers at arrival and departure in and out of the United Kingdom.
However, Oman Air has announced that there have been no changes in its flight schedule so far. “We are monitoring the situation very closely,” an official source from Oman Air said.
Meanwhile, Emirates has cancelled the flights EK029 — from Dubai International Airport to London Heathrow on November 30 and EK030 — from London Heathrow to Dubai International Airport on November 30.
December 1st, 2011, 09:44 AM
Mid-air collision averted after flight strays from path
A mid-air collision between an Air Arabia flight and a Qatar Airways, which could have killed hundreds of passengers, was averted on Wednesday. The two flights were passing through the city early on Wednesday morning when the incident occurred. One of the planes had allegedly strayed from its dedicated flight path.
August 27th, 2012, 09:26 AM
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