Oman Air Revenue Advances 28% in Five Months on More Passengers

Oman Air increased passenger revenue 28 percent in the first five months of the year as the state- owned carrier attracted more travellers.

The Middle Eastern carrier that serves 41 destinations flew 19 percent more passengers, compared with a year earlier, it said in an e-mailed statement today. Cargo revenue rose 47 percent.

The airline plans to start flights from the Omani capital of Muscat to Tehran, Iran, on Sept. 1 and is scheduled to receive two Embraer E175 regional jets in the third and fourth quarters this year. It has orders for six Boeing Co. (BA) 737 planes for delivery in 2014-15, in addition to six 787 Dreamliners from the U.S. manufacturer planned to join the fleet starting 2015.

Chief Executive Officer Wayne Pearce said in an interview in May that Oman Air was looking to add planes after a surge in bookings to Saudi Arabia, Thailand and the Indian subcontinent.

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