The national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, Oman Air, has resumed its service between Muscat and Malé in the Maldives. The new service, operated by the carrier’s new B737 –MAX 8 aircraft, recommenced for the 2018-19 winter season on October 28, 2018.
With a flight time of four hours, the first flight WY 383 departed Muscat at 0850 and arrived in the Maldives International Airport at 1330 local time. For the return service, the flight from the Maldives WY 384 departed at 1850 on 28 October and arrived in Muscat International Airport at 0035 on 29 October.
Oman Air’s fleet and network has continued to grow. This expansion has been aided by continued investment in Oman Air’s award winning on-board experience, exemplified by the MAX aircraft. The new MAX is equipped with a total of 162 seats, including 12 new Business Class seats with large 17-inch touch screen monitors and all the amenities needed for a frequent flyer such as individual power and USB points. By the end of 2018 Oman Air will have taken delivery of five new MAX aircraft and three 787-9s. By 2022, Oman Air’s total fleet size is expected to be around 70.
Eng. Abdulaziz Al Raisi, CEO of Oman Air was quoted as saying: “We are delighted to be resuming our Maldives route and look forward to welcoming our valued Oman Air guests on board our latest Boeing 737 aircraft. We thoroughly encourage our friends from Europe and the rest of our network, flying to the Maldives to stop over and explore Oman en route. Our new Maldives service offers holidaymakers the perfect opportunity to explore Muscat, the metropolitan capital of Oman before escaping to the beautiful shores of the Maldives.”
The relaunch of the Maldives service comes at an exciting time, as Oman Air recently started their flights to Istanbul in June with operations scheduled to Casablanca in July and Moscow in October. Oman Air continues to be recognised for its award winning on board experience; winning an array of industry awards to add to its growing collection.
The carrier is currently undergoing a fleet and network expansion programme, which will see the airline operate up to 70 aircraft to over 60 destinations by 2022.