Oman Air plans to link Asia-Africa via Nairobi flight

By Vinod Nair — MUSCAT: March 28 – Oman Air marked the opening of its inaugural flight to Nairobi, Kenya, yesterday, which the airline says will offer convenient connecting options to travellers from China and India to East Africa. “Response has been positive so far and we will raise the capacity if required with a bigger aircraft,” said Paul Gregorowitsch, CEO, Oman Air. “After Nairobi, we will be launching daily flights to Manchester from May 1 following the arrival of new aircraft in the last week of April,” he said. Oman Air launched its new four times weekly flight from Muscat to Nairobi on Tuesday; the latest move in the airline’s ambitious and dynamic programme of fleet and network expansion.
Saeed bin Hamdoon al Harthy, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Communication for Ports and Maritime Affairs joined the Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial Officer of Oman Air, Abdulrahman al Busaidy and other dignitaries in a cake cutting ceremony at Muscat International Airport, to celebrate the inaugural flight. The five hours flight operated by a Boeing 737-800 departs Muscat at 1450 and arrives in Nairobi at 1855, leaving on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
From Nairobi, the flights will depart on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, leaving at 0045 and arriving in Muscat at 0650.
“The new Oman Air route to the Kenyan capital Nairobi is a significant development for both countries. Trade between Kenya and Oman has been growing steadily over the years and the new flight will facilitate the increase in bilateral trade and investment opportunities,” a senior official of Oman Air said on Tuesday.
Oman Air’s recent expansion has included the delivery of new aircraft and the introduction of a range of exciting new destinations, new products and services which contribute to a seamless passenger experience. The airline continues to be recognised for its award winning on board experience; winning a raft of industry awards in 2016 to add to its growing collection.