Oman Air: Small player, big dreams

Content to remain in the shadows – at least for the moment – Oman Air has shown that it means business. Though its cargo department has contributed nine percent of the carrier’s total turnover, there are enough indications that cargo volumes are set to grow. But the question remains, whether the carrier’s plans for cargo growth face speed breakers now that CEO Paul Gregorowitsch has resigned. Sharang G finds out more.

Oman Air could be seriously
toying wiThthe idea of
inducting freighters, or at
least that is what Oman Air CEO Paul
Gregorowitsch made clear during a
recent interview wiThCargoforwarder
when he confirmed that the airline
was indeed looking at freighters.

The freighters were an option, said
Gregorowitsch, and even mentioned
that the carrier remained undecided
about which model to opt for: B777
freighters or an Airbus aircraft.

The Dutch CEO had his reasons.
The environment has been conducive
for the growThof air cargo: Oman Air
lifted 159,618 tons of airfreight last
year. Gregorowitsch acknowledged that
freight formed an important part of
Oman Air’s revenues. Though only nine
percent of the carrier’s total turnover
came from the air cargo business, there
were indications that in addition to the
European and Indian markets – where
the former CEO claimed “we are very
strong” – the new Muscat –Guangzhou
service would attract high volumes of
freight, sending the total volume closer
to the 200,000 ton-mark by December,
if the present trends continue.

New gateway to the
Sultanate of Oman

Oman Air’s cargo wing can also
look forward to the state-of-the-art
cargo terminal that is being readied
for operations scheduled to begin mid-
2018. WiThthe soon to be completed
state-of-the-art cargo handling facility
at its hub at the Muscat International
Airport, and a 100 percent cloud-based
cargo platform, Oman Air Cargo has
been offering access to over 150 online
and offline destinations across the globe.