Oman Air has taken delivery of its first Boeing
737 MAX aircraft, one of 30 that the airline will operate as it
expands its route network.
The flag carrier of the Sultanate of Oman has
long operated the Boeing 737, and with the MAX, it will be able to
achieve a double-digit percentage improvement in fuel efficiency.
"At Oman Air, offering the best possible on
board experience is key to our success and the 737 MAX has already
earned a reputation for its exceptional performance, efficiency
and guest experience," said Abdulaziz Al-Raisi, Acting CEO, Oman
Air. "The aircraft will be a perfect complement to our 737 family
as we continue to expand our operations and play an increasingly
active role in promoting Oman for business as well as a unique
tourism destination, which is growing rapidly in popularity with
every passing year."
In Oman Air's configuration, the Boeing
737 MAX 8
will seat 162 passengers.
The 12 new,
specially-designed business class seats are
electrically-controlled offering passengers more privacy with
enhanced trim and finishes, whilst the 150 seats in economy class will
also feature a refreshed interior.
While the business class will
offer a 17" Thales Gen V, touch-screen AVANTE monitor, economy
will have a similar 10.2" monitor. In addition, there will be high powered USB port for each passenger regardless of class.
Oman Air ordered 20 MAX airplanes in October
2015 and has since entered into a lease agreement for 10 more of
The aircraft are powered by CFM International LEAP-1B
"Today marks another milestone
in our 25-year partnership with Oman Air. We are proud to have
supported their growth and we look forward to the 737 MAX taking
the airline to new heights," said Marty Bentrott, Sales vice
president for Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia & Africa.
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