Oman Air posts record 28% revenue rise in 2012

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Oman Air announced on Monday its passenger revenue increased 28% during the first five months of the year as more people travelled with the national flag carrier.

The Muscat-based carrier, which serves 41 destinations, recorded a net passenger growth of 28% compared with previous year. Passenger traffic also increased 19% whereas cargo revenue rose 47% , it said in an e-mailed statement.

Oman Air’s boss recounted the first five months of 2012 as the most successful in the airline’s 31-year-old history.

“I am very pleased to say that Oman Air has generated greater revenues, carried more passengers and transported more cargo between January and May 2012 than at any equivalent time in the airline’s history,” Wayne Pearce, Oman Air’s CEO, said in a statement.

“These excellent figures build further on the year-on-year increases we have achieved over the last two years and confirm Oman Air’s continued ascent as a world-class international airline.”

The fast-growing Gulf airline recently announced plans to start flights from Muscat to Tehran, Iran, on 1 September. The company is also scheduled to receive two Embraer E175 regional jets in the third and fourth quarters this year. It is already waiting on orders for six Boeing Co. (BA) 737 planes set to be delivered in 2014-15. In addition to that, the Omani airline will also receive six 787 Dreamliners from the Seattle-based manufacturer within the next couple of years.

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