May 13 – Oman Air commences its new daily flight from Muscat to the Russian capital of Moscow on October 28, 2018 as part of the strategic programme of fleet and network expansion.
The new route will follow the launch of new routes to Istanbul and Casablanca in June and July respectively. Oman Air opened reservation for its planned service to Russia announced by the airline earlier this year.
This comes in tandem with the recent announcement made by the Royal Oman Police (ROP) affirming that citizens of Iran, Russia and China have been added to the list of nationalities that can enter the Sultanate on a tourist visa without a local sponsor.
The new daily service to Moscow Domodedovo Airport will be operated by a Boeing 737 MAX 8 with an estimated flight time of 5 hours and 55 minutes, offering 12 seats in Business Class and 150 in Economy. Flight WY181 will depart Muscat daily at 2pm, arriving to Moscow at 6.55pm local time. And the return flight WY182 will depart Moscow at 12.55am, arriving in Muscat International Airport at 7.35am.
The direct flight will be the only non-stop operation between Oman and Russia benefitting both business and leisure travellers, in addition to offering seamless connections via Oman Air hub, Muscat International Airport to destinations across the globe.
Oman Air will also receive the first of its three 787-9 Dreamliner on order, which features a three class configuration.