Oman Air invests in freighters

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Passenger airline Oman Air has announced plans to invest in its first freighter.

The Muscat International Airport-based carrier said in a press release that it would introduce its “first freighter by the end of 2023”, though it did not specify what type of aircraft it would invest in or whether the cargo plane would be brought or leased.

Oman Air chief executive Abdulaziz Al Raisi said the airline will also launch new cargo destinations this year.

Speaking at the airline’s annual cargo workshop, he said: “In 2023, we are keeping up the momentum. In the coming months, we look forward to introducing our first ever freighter and we will also be launching several new markets. This will offer exciting new opportunities for our guests and cargo alike, while continuing to unlock Oman’s potential as a global logistics hub in line with Oman’s 2040 Vision.”

Last year, the cargo business of Oman Air increased cargo volumes by 36% and revenue by 44% compared to 2021.

Additionally in 2022, Oman Air Cargo added several new destinations and introduced its ‘Cargo-in-Cabin’ service to Europe, the Far East and Indian Subcontinent.

It also modified its A330-300 passenger aircraft by removing the seats, allowing it to raise capacity to 40 tonnes per aircraft.

The airline, which is certified by IATA CEIV for Pharma and Fresh, also said it has improved its services to ensure shorter acceptance and dwell time with express connections through its hub in Muscat.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]