Continuing Oman Air’s journey to become the best, the airline’s latest Airbus 330 to benefit from a comprehensive retrofit has landed at Muscat International Airport. The newly refurbished A330-200 aircraft underlines Oman Air’s commitment to ongoing investment in the comfort of guests onboard.
As the aircraft landed – resplendent in its distinctive Oman Air livery – it was met by the airline’s Executive Vice President Product and Brand Development, Eng. Abdulaziz Al Raisi.
“Despite significant financial challenges, Oman Air is investing further in its fleet and cabins. Not only will we be unveiling new B787-9 Dreamliners which will join the fleet in 2017, but we are also revamping our existing Airbus fleet.
“The arrival in Muscat of our comprehensively refurbished Airbus A330-200 brings the aircraft into line with our latest cabin and seat designs. The emphasis is on comfort, space, privecy and providing the ideal environment in which to enjoy Oman Air’s award-winning inflight service.
“Over recent years, Oman Air has made enormous investments in new aircraft, new destinations and an array of exciting products and services – each with the aim of providing an even more enjoyable experience for our customers. We have been able to achieve this thanks to the generous support of the Government of Oman. However, that support has been reduced significantly over the last three years and Oman Air is progressing towards becoming entirely self-supporting.
“However, Oman Air has opted not to make savings when it comes to the passenger experience. In fact, we are continuing to invest in passenger comfort and the high quality of the services we offer. Our previous A330 interiors attracted enormous international acclaim when they were first unveiled in 2009. Our new A330 interiors surpass those high standards and customers are sure to be delighted with the results.”
Oman Air’s new A330-200 Business Class cabin offers 30 seats, each of which converts to a long, fully lie-flat bed within an 81-inch pitch. The seats are fitted in a 2-2-2 configuration and, thanks to an ingenious seat design and cabin layout, provide direct aisle access for every passenger. In addition, every seat includes electrically-controlled backrest, leg rest and seat depth features.
Inflight entertainment (IFE) is provided via the new Thales AVANT in-seat audio video on demand (AVOD) system. This is accessed via a neat IFE touch screen handset and offers an expanded range of movies, music, games and information. Furthermore, the huge 17-inch/43cm personal monitor can also be used to screen the content personal devices. In addition, Oman Air’s ALNA connectivity system enables live in-seat internet connections via the onboard wireless network, as well as mobile (GSM) telephone usage.
Each of Oman Air’s new Economy Class seats provides exceptional comfort and features a one-piece composite seat back structure and a four-way adjustable headrest. The A330-200’s 196 seats offer a seat pitch of 32 to 34 inches and a 10.6-inch seatback LCD screen offers access to the same IFE options as those enjoyed in Business Class. Additionally, a USB port is mounted on the seatback screen, allowing customers to charge any mobile phone, and each pair of seats shares a PC power port.
Since late 2014, Oman Air has been engaged in an ambitious fleet and network expansion programme. This has seen the delivery of brand new Airbus 330-300, Boeing 737-800/-900 and Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft and a 50% uplift to date in the number of aircrafts operated by Oman Air.