Nov 17 2009

Oman Air buys 5 Embraer 175 E - Jets

Airline becomes the newest E-Jet operator in the Gulf Region
17th November 2009. Dubai, Oman Air signed a contract with Embraer today, for the purchase of five EMBRAER 175 aircraft from the E-Jets family at the Dubai Airshow.

The signing ceremony was held under the aegis of His Excellency Ahmed bin Abdul Nabi Macki, Minister of National Economy, Deputy Chairman of Financial Affairs & Energy Resources Council and Chairman of Oman Air and present on the occasion were Oman Air 's Chief Executive Officer, Mr Peter Hill and Mr. Frederico Fleury Curado, President and CEO, Airline Market, Embraer.

Four of the jets will be operated by Oman Air and one will serve with the Royal Omani Police. The newly ratified deal also includes purchase rights for another five aircraft. The first delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2011.

Speaking about the landmark deal, His Excellency Ahmed Abdul Nabhi Macki, Minister of National Economy and Deputy Chairman of Financial Affairs and Energy Resources Council and Chairman of Oman Air , says:

"The E-Jets are proven products in the Middle East, and the solid background Embraer has in the region was a key driver in our selection process. We are convinced that the E-Jets will be the ideal platform for increasing frequencies and developing new routes, as well as catering to our expanding domestic market."

Frederico Fleury Curado, President and CEO, Airline Market, Embraer says:
"We are absolutely delighted to welcome Oman Air as the newest customer of our E-Jets family in the Gulf area. It's a privilege to have our E-Jets chosen to play a significant part in the airline's strategy to develop air services both within and to and from the Sultanate of Oman. "

Oman Air 's EMBRAER 175 will be configured with 72 seats in a full-service, dual-class layout, with 12 seats in business class and 60 in economy.

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About Oman Air
Oman Air is the flag carrier of the Sultanate of Oman. Founded in 1993, the airline has since witnessed massive growth and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, supporting the commercial, industrial and tourism sectors.

The airline currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to major Gulf destinations, such as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait and Riyadh. In addition, Oman Air flies to ten destinations in India - Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur; to Chittagong in Bangladesh and Karachi in Pakistan, Cairo, Beirut and Amman, Jordan, besides London and Bangkok. In September 2009, Oman Air introduced four flights a week from Muscat to Frankfurt, three flights a week to Munich and four flights a week to Paris Charles- De-Gaulle from October 2009. In the same month, Oman Air commenced operations to Maldives with four flights a week between Muscat and the Maldives. In November, one more new destination Colombo was introduced with four flights a week to Colombo.

Oman Air 's fleet consists of Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A330s. At the end of 2009 the fleet strength will be 15 B737-800s, two A330-200s and two A330-300s. During 2010 / 2011, 3 additional A330-300 will be delivered. For the future Oman Air has ordered six Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which are scheduled for delivery in 2014.

About Embraer
Since the entry in service in 2004, Embraer has delivered over 600 E-Jets to 55 customers in 38 countries. In the Middle East, Embraer is the leader of fleet solutions up to 120 seats, with around 40 aircraft of the four models of the family - the EMBRAER 170, EMBRAER 175, EMBRAER 190, and EMBRAER 195 - in operation.

© Press Release 2009

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