Oman Air’s Boeing 737 MAX Order Won’t Be Cancelled.
The Sultanate of Oman’s national airline, Oman Air, will not cancel its order for 25 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, despite how its grounding has affected the airline’s growth.
Ever since the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX in March of 2019 following two deadly crashes, Oman Air has had to cancel hundreds of flights every month.
The Muscat International Airport (MCT) based national flag carrier currently has five Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in its fleet of 53 mixed Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer aircraft.
Oman Air has a good relationship with Boeing
While being interviewed during the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland by the American financial and business news portal, Business Insider, CEO of the Oman Aviation Group (OAG) Mustafa al Hinai said:
“With Boeing, our relationship is going to continue as it is; there is no change in our relationship.”
After having received its fifth Boeing 737 MAX in October of 2018, the Gulf State carrier was slated to receive a further nine aircraft the following year but never happened due to the worldwide grounding.
“Boeing is a very strategic partner of OAG,” Hinai said. “We ordered 30 aircraft – we’ve received some, and the rest are still to come.”
Last summer, Oman Air CEO Abdulaziz al Raisi admitted that the grounding of Boeing’s best-selling jet had caused a major financial impact on the airline and had curtailed its plans to expand its network in 2019 and 2020.
Oman Air is expecting compensation from Boeing
In the interim, since the grounding of the troubled jet due to a problem with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), Boeing has agreed to pay compensation to several airlines. Hinai expects a similar arrangement, saying:
“I think Boeing is going to come out with a fair proposal to us.”
While talking about the Sultanates airlines ambitious growth plans, Hinai went on to say:
“We focus on eight destinations, five of them European cities: London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, and Zurich. Apart from that, we have the GCC countries, China and Russia. The US is a phase two for us. Flying to the US will happen through a codeshare in the meantime, but in late 2021, 2022, we’ll be focusing on the US market.