Muscat-based Air Oman Air flagged off its four weekly frequencies to Kathmandu on September 2nd, a day after the carrier officially announced operations to Dammam, KSA. Oman Air flies its new generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft on these routes.
Philippe Georgiou, Chief Officer Corporate Affairs, was onboard the inaugural flight to Kathmandu. On deplaning, Oman Air team was met by officials of Nepal Tourism Board and Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. Passengers including the senior Oman Air Management member were extended a traditional, ceremonial welcome.
Speaking at a press conference organised on this occasion, Philippe Georgiou said:
“I am delighted to announce the launch of Oman Air’s maiden flight between Muscat and Kathmandu. We want to promote Kathmandu as a major tourism destination like Muscat. Undoubtedly, the new operation would give a whole new boost to the tourism industry, and the upcoming Nepal Tourism Year 2011 national campaign. Oman Air has redefined the whole experience of flying and with the launch of this new service, discerning flyers on this popular route will now have the choice of travelling one of the world's favourite airlines. Guests flying in from Kathmandu to Muscat will get easy and convenient connections to our rapidly expanding network. The New Muscat-Kathmandu flight offers excellent connectivity."
In a previous statement, Oman Air has announced the appointment of Amravati Travels as its GSA in Kathmandu.
Oman Air (WY) will operate four weekly frequencies on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights from Muscat will depart at 11:40 arriving to Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport at 17:05 (local time). Return flights from Kathmandu depart at 18:05, arriving in Muscat at 20:45 (local time).