Oman Air is pursuing ambitious fleet expansion and simplification as part of a plan to double its fleet and add more than 25 new destinations over the next 6 years.
Source: Jorge Guardia
The flag carrier has decided to phase out ATR turboprops and Embraer regional jets as it seeks to operate 2 or – at most – 3 aircraft types.
Oman Air plans to operate 25 widebody aircraft by the end of 2020 compared to 10 A330s currently and only 7 A330s six months ago.
It is now committed to acquiring 8 787s and is considering ordering more 787s and A330neos.
Mr Gregorowitsch said Oman Air will look at placing more 787 orders and will evaluate the A330neo as it reviews its options for reaching it target of 25 widebody aircraft.
One option to be considered will be transitioning the widebody fleet to an all 787-operation.
Oman Air is attracted to the synergies and benefits which would come with operating a simplified fleet consisting of only two families – the 737 and 787.
7 of Oman Air’s A330s are slightly older aircraft (between 4 and 6 years) and are expected to be replaced over the next few years.
Keeping only the 3 A330s which were delivered in late 2014 would not make sense although it is not likely these aircraft will be replaced until early next decade even if a decision is made to transition to an all-787 widebody fleet.
Oman Air will also consider maintaining 2 widebody types of aircraft and 3 types overall.
Under this scenario Oman Air will most likely end up with 787s, A330s and A330neos.
It plans to evaluate the A330neo but is not expected to give much consideration to the A350.
Oman Air is currently the 7th largest airline in the Middle East based on widebody fleet size.
Based on the article “Oman Air plans ambitious fleet expansion as 787s & 737s are acquired while ATRs & Embraers are axed“ published in CAPA