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Muscat International Airport,
Sultanate of Oman
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- Muscat Seeb International Airport
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Muscat-based Oman Air is the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman and majority owned by the Omani Government. The airline operates a network of services within the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, Asia and Europe. Oman Air had its beginnings as a regional carrier, and has evolved into one of the larger players in the booming Middle East region. All flights from its base in Muscat used to be operated by Gulf Air, but the Omani Government withdrew its ownership in that airline in 2007. Oman Air then re-evaluated its strategic direction and has since assumed a much more international outlook. The airline has moved into the long-haul market, investing in new aircraft, livery, staff uniforms, on-board service offerings and management.
Location of Oman Air main hub (Muscat Seeb International Airport)
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The newly created Oman Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) has announced that it plans to implement a major round of restructuring for the country’s civil aviation industry to support the country's ambitious goals for the aviation and tourism sectors. The authority, which was established in Apr-2012 by royal decree to replace the existing Directorate-General of Civil Aviation and Air Navigation, will appoint a consultancy to help it with the organisational redesign of Oman’s aviation management.
PACA’s mission is to ensure the development of best practice in aviation in Oman and restructure the organisation of aviation in the country to meet the increasing flow of traffic into its airports, as well as in its airspace and the airspace of the Gulf region more generally. PACA will also adopt a supervisory role for all aviation in the country, ensuring that operations in Oman meet international safety standards. In addition, PACA holds joint responsibility for the marketing of the Sultanate's airports around the world, in collaboration with existing stakeholders. It is also the controlling body for bilateral air services agreements.
2011 was another expensive year for Oman Air. The carrier reported a record loss of OMR110 million (USD286 million) in 2011, a year that saw the carrier dealing with ballooning oil prices, regional political unrest and some problems with its own workforce.
This is the fourth consecutive annual loss suffered by the carrier. Since the Oman Government took majority ownership in early 2007, the airline has lost a staggering OMR295 million (USD766.9 million). The losses have not been surprising to anyone; the carrier and Government intentionally planned to ramp up expansion in the fast-growing market and then concentrate on profitability, taking the long-term view that setting the foundation blocks early – even if at a loss for some years – would yield a healthier profit in the future.
Despite the impact of the Arab Spring, Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) has been able to report record passenger numbers at Muscat and Salalah airports during 2011. Combined traffic at the two airports was better than 7 million, up 12.7% from the 6.2 million passengers handled in 2010.
After nearly three and a half years as CEO at Oman Air, Peter Hill is due to step down this month. He will be replaced by Wayne Pearce. Mr Pearce is an Australian who has held various regional and planning positions at Qantas as well as serving as chief strategy and planning officer at Etihad Airways. He has also served as group managing director with Gold Medal Travel in the UK, which has a special focus on the Gulf region.
The 163 aircraft ordered at last week's Dubai Airshow will keep the Middle East region with almost as many aircraft on order as in service. While the show was marked by Emirates' order for 50 B777s, adding to the carrier's all-widebody fleet, widebody aircraft currently comprise just over half the region's fleet but are set to grow. Widebodies comprise more than 70% of aircraft on order in the region.
Boeing and Airbus will see their market share increase, but Airbus more so, eventually accounting for more than half of all aircraft in the region and Boeing accounting for just over a third. These latest aircraft orders add to an already substantial order backlog by airlines in the region. Most of the orders are concentrated in the hands of the Gulf region’s three largest sixth-freedom airlines: Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Emirates. The 163 orders from the show were from airlines and leasing companies and had a combined total value at list prices of just under USD32 billion.
Kuwait’s Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALAFCO) has finalised a purchase order for 50 A320neo family aircraft and took options for 30 more aircraft to be finalised by year-end. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G engine. The order is another big step for the Middle East’s largest leasing company, which now has a fleet of 48 owned and managed aircraft.
The order kicks off what is expected to be another successful year for the leasing company. ALAFCO recently reported a net profit of KWD47 million (USD171.2 million) for the year to 30-Sep-2011, a 335% increase over the KWD10.8 million profit in the previous year. Profit per share also more than quadrupled, up from 14 Kuwaiti fils per share to 60 fils per share. The profits were driven by a combination of the lessor’s expansion and exceptional gains realised through the adjustment of purchase agreements with aircraft manufacturers.
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