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Thu, 1 Feb 2018

Oman Air Takes Delivery of First Boeing 737 MAX

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."

Oman Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 departing Seattle. Photo: Craig Larsen. Click to enlarge.

 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 jets.

The aircraft are powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines

"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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