Muscat, Oman Air, the National Carrier of the

Sultanate of Oman, commenced its new daily direct service between

Russia and Oman, with its first flight departing Muscat International

Airport to Moscow Domodedovo Airport today.

The inaugural flight, WY 181 departed Muscat International

Airport at 14:55 after a cake cutting ceremony. The flight to arrive in

Moscow at 19:55. With a flight time of 5 hours and 35 minutes, WY182

departs Moscow Domodedovo Airport at 00.20, arriving into the

award-winning new passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport

at 06.55.

Oman Air’s official delegation to Moscow included its Chief

Executive Officer Eng. Abdulaziz al-Raisi and Chief Commercial Officer

Paul Starrs, and a number of its senior management team. Dmitry

Dogadkin, Ambassador of Russia to the Sultanate of Oman also

accompanied the delegation to Moscow. Upon arrival to Moscow

Domodedovo Airport, Oman Air delegation was received by top ranking

officials.

Eng. Abdulaziz al-Raisi, Oman Air Chief Executive Officer, said:

I am pleased to announce the addition of a new long-awaited route to

our network. Russia is an increasingly important destination from

Oman, and since we announced this route earlier in the year, we have

seen strong interest, both from Oman travellers and from customers

transitting through our Muscat hub from cities around the world.

Connecting Muscat with Moscow, we expect this daily service to further

stimulate economic, trade and business relations between the two

friendly countries. Trade between Oman and Russia continues to rise

and we are happy to be able to facilitate this further with the start of

this service. Oman is turning into a very important regional logistics

hub with world-class infrastructure and we are sure this is recognised

by the business enterprises in Russia. Apart from strengthening and

opening up new business opportunities between Russia and Oman,

our flights will also open the gates for Russian tourists to come and

enjoy our beautiful country.

Dmitry Dogadkin, Russian Ambassador to the Sultanate said in a

statement to Oman News Agency (ONA) that the new route connecting

Muscat and Moscow would have a positive impact in developing the

bilateral relations between the two friendly countries in several fields

particularly areas related to tourism.

He added that this direct route between Muscat and Moscow, as

well as winter flights between Moscow and Salalah would largely

contribute in increasing the number of tourist and business

delegations. These routes would also increase the trade and cultural

exchange between the two countries’ friendly peoples.

This new route will be serviced by Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft,

designed to offer exceptional performance, flexibility and efficiency.

Configured with 162 seats in a two-class configuration: 12 in business

and 150 in economy with significant enhancements across both cabins

� the MAX aircraft is an example of Oman Air’s commitment to

continually upgrading its products and services to deliver guest

satisfaction.

Oman Air’s extensive flight network provides travellers from

Russia a wide variety of options including 11 Indian destinations (Goa,

Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi,

Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode, and Jaipur), in addition to Indian

Subcontinent destinations, such as Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, all

of which are less than a four-hour flight from Muscat. Oman Air flies

with double and triple daily frequencies to some of these cities

providing guests with more choices and easy connections.

Paul Starrs, Chief Commercial Officer at Oman Air said: Our

new service will provide more choice and greater convenience as more

travellers look to Russia for a holiday getaway. We have done a great

deal of preparation before commencing this route through several

niche events and agent meet-ups and I am confident that this new

addition will be another successful destination for Oman Air. We are

sure that there will be demand for both business and leisure traffic,

allowing us to showcase our own beautiful country to Russian visitors.

Our Russian guests will also be able to take advantage of our fantastic

new passenger terminal in Muscat Airport which houses Oman Air’s

bespoke premium lounges, 6,000 square metres of Duty Free

shopping, 96 check-in counters and a modern 90-room airside hotel.

The new service between Moscow and Muscat is the airline’s

third route launched this year after Istanbul and Casablanca and is

part of Oman Air’s exciting fleet and network expansion programme,

which will see the airline operate up to 70 aircraft to around 60

destinations by 2022.

Source: Oman News Agency