Oman to acquire freighter for India-China
Muscat-based Oman Air has plans to add a dedicated freighter to its fleet, even as the airline continues to make losses.
July 15, 2012
Muscat-based Oman Air has plans to add a dedicated freighter to its fleet, even as the airline continues to make losses. The freighter – probably a leased A300 or A310 and converted from passenger service – would be inducted by the end of this year and used for services from India and China to Muscat. CEO Wayne Pearce said that there was a lot of freight Oman Air could access from the east. The carrier has seen its passenger numbers go up by 30 per cent this year prompting Pearce to say that Oman Air was planning to add a few A330s prior to the arrival of six B787s from 2015 to its present fleet of 26 comprising 15 B737- 800s, four A330-200s, three A330-300s, two Embraer SA E175 regional jets and two ATR 42. It also wants to add some single-aisle B737s. “We are doing studies on whether we should add extra aircraft earlier,” Pearce said in Dubai recently.