Oman Air launches new plane, seats
Muscat, October 7, 2009
Oman Air, the flag carrier of the Sultanate, yesterday unveiled its new three-class Airbus A330-300 together with the airline’s First Class Mini Suite.
It also showcased its impressive new Business and Economy class seats, menus and uniforms during a two-hour launch flight.
The new aircraft will make its first commercial flight this Saturday on the new Muscat-Paris route.
The three-class service will be introduced to a range of routes across Europe and Asia, including non-stop direct flights between Muscat and London Heathrow, said Peter Hill, CEO.
The three-class configuration has one of the best seating in the world, providing more space for passengers.
“We’re excited about bringing this industry-leading concept to our customers. The centerpiece of the new Airbus A330-300 cabin is our new First Class seat, which marks a further milestone in Oman Air's ongoing drive for quality and comfort. Indeed, the new seat sets a new standard for individual travel in an exclusive inflight environment, all of which will create an exceptional First Class experience.
“With our Business Class product that provides our customers with a supremely comfortable and relaxing lie-flat seat, as well as state-of-the-art inflight entertainment and one of the most spacious Economy Class cabins on the market, we are putting ourselves way ahead of many of our competitors,” added Hill.
The First Class Mini Suite features an 82-inch long, fully-flat bed within a pitch of 85.5 inches, a seat width of 25.5 inches, electrically-operated backrest, leg rest and seat depth controls, and an eight-point massage system. There are just six seats in the First Class cabin, adding to the privacy of passengers.
Each First Class seat offers a 23-inch in-flight entertainment (IFE) monitor, a wireless IFE handset, a backup IFE handset, two USB ports, an Ethernet socket (RJ45), an audio and video assumption (RCA) plug and a PC power outlet.
The 77.5-inch long, lie-flat Business Class seat with a pitch of 82 inches is 22 inches wide and offers electrically-controlled backrest, leg rest and seat depth. Each of the 20 Business Class seats, fitted in a four-abreast, 1:2:1 configuration, also features a 17-inch Gen III IFE monitor, two USB ports, an Ethernet socket (RJ45), audio and video assumption (RCA) plug and PC power outlet. It has a cocktail table, a one-piece meal table, a buddy seat and ample stowage.
The Busines and First Class also offer mood lighting.
With a spacious 34-inch pitch, Oman Air’s new Economy Class seat offers adjustable head and foot rests and upholstery that has been constructed for enhanced comfort. It also has a 10.6-inch seatback-mounted IFE screen and handset, USB and RCA video multi-plug for every passenger, and an Ethernet socket (RJ45) and PC power port for every double seat.
For all three classes of travel, IFE is provided via the Thales i5000 in-seat Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) system, with its broad range of media content, which is integrated with Rockwell Collins Tailwind Live Satellite TV, broadcasting across eight channels. The system also provides a platform for forthcoming full Wi-Fi and GSM connectivity.
The new menus feature a range of dishes, which draw on both Omani and international culinary influences.
Oman Air chairman Ahmed bin Abdulnabi Macki said: “The introduction of our brand new First Class, Business Class, and Economy Class cabins, together with the expansion of our international fleet, illustrates our commitment to offering unbeatable levels of quality, value, and choice for all our customers across all areas of our business. These new products are an important and very visible part of Oman Air’s strategic growth and we look forward to introducing more routes, more aircraft and more products going forward.”
Mobile communication will be part of Oman Air's product from January. The system will allow the crew to block calls during the night so passengers will not be inconvenienced.
– TradeArabia News Service