Muscat: Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate, announced that as a result of the increase in seat capacity, the number of passengers travelling onboard Oman Air increased to 8.542 million compared to 7.7 million passengers in 2016, an increase of 10.9 per cent.
The company’s statistics show that Oman Air continued its ambitious expansion programme in the fleet and its airline network. In 2017 Oman Air added a number of new aircraft, with a total fleet capacity of 48 aircraft being used in 53 local, Gulf, Arab and international destinations.
The number of scheduled flights by Oman Air increased in 2017 to 68,457 flight compared with 30,978 in 2016. The company continued its human resources-related policy by assessing the skills of all its employees and the extent to which they are committed to their responsibilities.
The company made a great effort to raise the percentage of national cadres working in the company and the Omanisation rate in the company is 63 per cent, with 4,956 Omani employees working in Oman Air, 85 per cent of them are males and 15 per cent are females. With regard to commercial freight operations, the statistics showed that they performed well, as commercial cargo operations increased during the year 2017 to reach 98780 tons.
According to the statistics, Oman Air achieved a good on time performance with 87 per cent and in the technical dispatch reliability per aircraft amounted to 99.1 per cent.
Oman Air continued to receive more prestigious awards from various destinations in the airline industry in 2017, reaching 12 international awards recognising the high level of services offered by the airline to passengers on its fleet.