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Oman Air Launches Brand New Economy, Business And First Class Cabins Aboard New A330 - 300

Date: 7 Oct 2009

Oman Air’s brand new, much-anticipated First Class Mini Suite is launched this week, together with new Business and Economy class seats, menus and uniforms when the airline’s new three-class Airbus A330-300 is unveiled. 

The three-class service will be introduced to a range of routes across Europe and Asia, including non-stop direct flights between Muscat and London Heathrow. 

Featuring an 82-inch long, fully-flat bed within a pitch of 85.5 inches, a seat width of 25.5 inches, electrically-operated backrest, leg rest and seat depth controls, and an eight-point massage system, Oman Air’s First Class Mini Suite is set to offer unparalleled levels of comfort and space. And with just six seats in the First Class cabin, privacy should never be an issue. In addition, each First Class seat offers a 23-inch inflight entertainment (IFE) monitor, a wireless IFE handset, a backup IFE handset, two USB ports, an Ethernet socket (RJ45), an audio and video assumption (RCA) plug and a PC power outlet. 

The 77.5-inch long, lie-flat Business Class seat with a pitch of 82 inches is 22 inches wide and offers electrically-controlled backrest, leg rest and seat depth. Each of the 20 Business Class seats, fitted in a four-abreast, 1:2:1 configuration, also features a 17-inch Gen. III IFE monitor, two USB ports, an Ethernet socket (RJ45), audio and video assumption (RCA) plug and PC power outlet. With a cocktail table, a one-piece meal table, a buddy seat and ample stowage, Oman Air’s Business Class seat has been hailed as being better than many other airlines’ first class offering. 

With a spacious 34-inch pitch, Oman Air’s new Economy Class seat offers adjustable head and foot rests, a bi-fold, sliding food table and upholstery that has been constructed for enhanced comfort, all located within a onepiece composite seatback structure. With a 10.6-inch seatback-mounted IFE screen and handset, USB and RCA video multi-plug for every passenger, and an Ethernet socket (RJ45) and PC power port for every double seat, Oman Air’s Economy Class offers everything the modern traveler needs to stay connected, informed and entertained. 

For all three classes of travel, IFE is provided via the Thales i5000 in-seat Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) system, with its broad range of media content, which is integrated with Rockwell Collins Tailwind Live Satellite TV, broadcasting across eight channels. The system also provides a platform for forthcoming full Wi-Fi and GSM connectivity. 

The new menus feature a range of mouthwatering dishes, which draw on both Omani and international culinary influences, whilst Oman Air’s elegant new uniforms ensure that the airline’s cabin crews are the most stylish in the skies. 

Oman Air’s Chairman,
His Excellency Ahmed bin Abdulnabi Macki, says:


“The introduction of our brand new First Class, Business Class, and Economy Class cabins, together with the expansion of our international fleet, illustrates our commitment to offering unbeatable levels of quality, value, and choice for all our customers across all areas of our business.

These new products are an important and very visible part of Oman Air’s strategic growth and we look forward to introducing more routes, more aircraft and more products going forward.”



Oman Air’s Chief Executive Officer,
Peter Hill, adds:

“We’re excited about bringing this industry-leading concept to our customers. The centerpiece of the new Airbus A330-300 cabin is our new First Class seat, which marks a further milestone in Oman Air’s ongoing drive for quality and comfort. Indeed, the new seat sets a new standard for individual travel in an exclusive inflight environment, all of which will create an exceptional First Class experience.

With our Business Class product that provides our customers with a supremely comfortable and relaxing lie-flat seat, as well as stateof- the-art inflight entertainment and one of the most spacious Economy Class cabins on the market, we are putting ourselves way ahead of many of our competitors."

The press launch

A press conference to mark the launch of Oman Air’s three-class A330300- aircraft was held on board the aircraft at Muscat International Airport on Tuesday 6th of October 2009 at 10 am, local time. The event offered the opportunity to experience the brand new aircraft, enjoy the new cuisine, and interact with the CEO and other members of Oman Air’s senior management. The press conference was lasted for two hours, and included a flight over Muscat in the new aircraft. 

In addition to the press launch, a second event for frequent fliers and travel representatives, following the same format as the press conference, was held at Muscat International Airport on Wednesday 7th October 2009. 

New Oman Air A330 First Class Mini Suite specifications 


  • Six seats (1:2:1 four-abreast seating)
    • Fully flat bed (180 degrees)
    • Full size bed length (with ottoman): 82 inches
    • Seat width of 25.5 inches
    • Seat pitch of 85.5 inches
    • Electrically controlled backrest/seat bottom
    • Electrically controlled leg rest
    • Electrically adjusted seat depth
    • Eight-point massage system
    • Dedicated space for coat hanging
    • Dedicated stowage for cabin-approved size baggage
    • Folding side armrest
    • One-piece meal table
    • Cocktail table
    • Literature pocket
    • Wireless IFE handset
    • Backup IFE handset
    • Headset compartment
    • Life vest compartment
    • Buddy seat
    • Reading and mood light controls
    • 23-inch video screen monitor
    • Two USB plugs
    • Ethernet plug (RJ45)
    • One audio and video assumption (RCA) plug
    • PC power outlet

    New Oman Air Business Class seat specifications

    Twenty seats (1:2:1 four abreast seating)
    • Fully flat bed (180 degrees)
    • Bed length 77.5 inches
    • Seat width of 22 inches
    • Seat pitch of 82 inches
    • Electrically controlled backrest/seat bottom
    • Electrically controlled leg rest
    • Electrically adjustable seat pan depth
    • Folding side armrest
    • One-piece meal table
    • Cocktail table
    • Literature pocket
    • Handset provision
    • Headset compartment
    • Life vest compartment
    • Buddy seat and coat hook
    • Reading light
    • 17-inch Gen.III monitor in the front partition
    • Two USB plugs
    • Ethernet plug (RJ45)
    • One audio and video assumption (RCA) plug
    • PC power outlet

    New Oman Air Economy Class seat specifications

    Seat pitch of 34 inches
    • High seatback pivot and articulating bottom pan
    • Energy absorbing leg system
    • Padded dress cover fabrication for enhanced comfort
    • One-piece composite seat back structure
    • Raisable armrests on aisle side
    • Bi-fold, sliding food table
    • Coat hook
    • Aft-mounted footrest (ratcheting, three positions)
    • LCD screen, back-mounted 10.6-inch (16:9 ratio)
    • Seatback mounted IFE handset for easy accessibility
    • Multi plug (USB and RCA video) back-mounted next to the LCD screen
    • Four-way adjustable headrest
    • Life vest pouch
    • One PC power port and Ethernet (RJ45) plug per double seat (shared between two pax)

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