MUSCAT: Oman Air has commenced its new daily direct service between Russia and Oman, with its first flight departing Muscat International Airport to Moscow Domodedovo Airport on October 30.
The inaugural flight, WY 181 departed Muscat International Airport at 14:55 after a cake cutting ceremony. The flight arrived in Moscow at 19:55. With a flight time of 5 hours and 35 minutes.
Oman Air’s official delegation to Moscow included its Chief Executive Officer Engineer Abdulaziz Al Raisi and Chief Commercial Officer Paul Starrs, and a number of its senior management team. Dmitry Dogadkin, the ambassador of Russia in Oman, also accompanied the delegation to Moscow. Upon arrival at Moscow Domodedovo Airport, the Oman Air delegation was received by top-ranking officials.
Al Raisi 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 transiting 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. 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,” he said.
This new route will be serviced by Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, designed to offer exceptional performance, flexibility and efficiency. The MAX aircraft is an example of Oman Air’s commitment to continually upgrading its products and services to deliver guest satisfaction.
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.