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  • falmouthharbor falmouthharbor Mar 5, 2013 1:51 PM Flag

    Oman air 787/737 order plans

    From Bloomberg:
    Oman Air is examining a follow on order for Boeing’s beleaguered 787 Dreamliner that would allow the Gulf carrier to increase European frequencies, Chief Executive Officer Wayne Pearce said. The Muscat-based company is also looking at adding Boeing 737 short-haul aircraft to beef up existing routes to India and within the Middle East as part of a move to extend the overall fleet to 50 planes from the 42 in service or due for delivery. Pearce’s plans amounts to a vote of confidence in the 787, which hasn’t won an order since being grounded on Jan. 16 with battery faults. The purchases, likely to be confirmed in the next few months, would be in addition to six 737-800s and six Dreamliners due to arrive starting late next year and from 2015. “You need a bigger fleet to get the critical mass,” Pearce, CEO for almost 15 months, said in an interview. “With a bigger magnitude you get better profitability, and we’re in an ideal part of the world with plenty of opportunity to keep growing.”

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