Oman Air has been more successful over the first five months of 2012 than at any time in its history.
Between 1st January 2012 and 31st May 2012:
- Net passenger revenue grew by 28%, compared to a full-year increase of 28% in 2011.
- Passenger numbers grew by 19%, compared to a full-year increase of 16% in 2011.
- Cargo revenue increased by 47%, compared to a full-year increase of 28% in 2011.
- Cargo tonnage increased by 33%, compared to a full-year increase of13% in 2011.
Announcing the airline's findings, Oman Air's Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Pearce, said:
"I am very pleased to say that Oman Air has generated greater revenues, carried more passengers and transported more cargo between January and May 2012 than at any equivalent time in the airline's history.
"These excellent figures build further on the year-on–year increases we have achieved over the last two years and confirm Oman Air's continued ascent as a world-class international airline.
"Our staff, in every department and throughout our 41-destination network, have worked extremely hard to improve efficiency and to raise awareness amongst customers both of Oman Air as the carrier of choice and of Oman as the ideal destination for business and leisure travellers. I would like to thank each of them for their commitment and I look forward to working together to deliver even greater success over the coming months and years."
The scene for continued growth has already been set with the announcement of a new service, from 1st September 2012, between Muscat and Tehran and the anticipated delivery of two new Embraer E175 regional jets in Q3 and Q4 of this year. In addition, six new Boeing 737s are on order, with two being delivered in 2014 and four in 2015.Six new Boeing 787 Dreamliners will also be delivered from 2015.
Oman Air's success has not, however, relied solely on expansion. The airline's commitment to quality in every aspect of its operations and genuine value for passengers has resulted in significant customer loyalty. Competitive pricing and regular special offers, both online and in partnership with travel industry partners, have attracted many new customers, whilst e-booking and web check-in – which also allows passengers to choose their preferred seat, book their choice of meals and check in their luggage up to eight hours before departure – build on Oman Air's reputation for easy connections, reliable performance and high-quality service.
Oman Air's reputation has been further enhanced with the receipt of a range of international awards and accolades. Last year, the independent airline quality experts Skytrax named Oman Air as an Official 4-Star Airline just weeks before the World Airline Awards presented the carrier with the 'Best Business Class Seat in the World' and 'Service Excellence, Middle East' awards. Last month, Oman Air was named 'Best Business Class Airline, Middle East' at the Business Destinations Awards, bring to 24 the total number of awards received over the last two years.