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   Vol. 23 No. 9
Thursday February 22, 2024

Oman Air Cargo Ready

Oman Air

     Right now central to a plan to develop itself into the here and now of the future, Oman Air Cargo has launched flights from its capitol Muscat to several new destinations across India via a newly added B737-8 freighter.
Jaffar Al Lawati      The connections and can-do of the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman are increasingly coming to the attention of smart logisticians everywhere.
     The airline, let alone its cargo division, may look like a long shot to pick up much impact, especially against the list of big time Gulf carriers in the air almost everywhere across the Middle East, but guess what?
     In 2022 Oman Air added several new destinations and introduced its innovative ‘Cargo-in-Cabin’ service to Europe, the Far East and the Indian Subcontinent. In 2023 Oman saw major increases in volumes versus 2022.
     The growth in line with more capacity of the fleet prompted the carrier to march for a freighter.
     Now Oman operates its first dedicated cargo aircraft which prompted Oman Air Vice President - Commercial Cargo, Jaffar Al Lawati to predict:
     “We are operating to the Indian Subcontinent, Africa and the Middle East and will later expand as demand increases.”
     Oman Air Cargo also took its story to the trade show circuit at last year's Air Cargo Europe 2023, held in Munich.
     “Oman’s logistics industry is an integral part of Oman’s 2040 Vision for economic development.
     “With its strategic location at the crossroads of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, state-of-the-art infrastructure at its hub, Muscat International Airport, as well as global certifications for handling and storage, including the IATA CEIV Pharma and CEIV Fresh certifications in 2021, Oman Air Cargo continues to position itself itself as a notable air cargo carrier alternative in the region and beyond.
     “Leveraging Oman’s geographical position and the state-of-the-art hub at Muscat International Airport, the carrier will help enhance the development of the Sultanate’s air cargo logistics sector. And, now with the freighter, Oman Air Cargo is able to connect destinations in the east and the West from its vantage position in Oman.”
     The Cargo chief pointed out that Oman long-term ambition is to be a key logistics hub and gateway.
     “The government has significantly invested in upgrading the infrastructure to support this mission.
     “Oman’s air cargo terminals and sea ports at Muscat, Salalah, Duqm and Sohar, all state-of-the-art, are complemented by road links which facilitate multimodal transportation.
     “Oman, rich in landmass offers extensive room for expansion.”
     Oman Air Cargo may seem like an overnight sensation but a reality check underscores, that the carrier established in 2009 has during the past 15 years acquired a reputation as a leading and growing resource in the Middle East and everywhere else.
Oman Air Freighter Launch

     Oman Air launched its maiden freighter services in early December from GMR Hyderabad International Airport, operating its first Boeing B737-800BCF connecting Hyderabad and Muscat. The freighter service operates two weekly flights. With a one-way capacity of 22 metric tons, the freighter will add an additional weekly capacity of 88 metric tons from Hyderabad Airport. This service is poised to boost the export of pharmaceuticals and hatching eggs shipments from the city.
     Oman serves as a large importer of hatching eggs from India. With this new connection, Oman Air expects a substantial surge in exports of hatching eggs from Hyderabad, leveraging the large hatchery infrastructure in the city. This new connectivity will also boost pharma exports to Oman and further to the U.S. and Europe with Muscat serving as a transshipment base. Middle East is also a major importer of fruits and vegetables. This new freighter will enhance exports of fruits and vegetables from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to the Middle East.
     With India on almost everyone's mind last week as air cargo India took place in Mumbai, brings to the fore something Jaffar Al Lawati said recently:
     “India has been an important strategic ally of Oman’s for centuries and our trade relations with the country remain strong. Oman Air has a deep routed network within India both in terms of passenger and cargo. The new freighter will reach out to some key destinations in India as we recognize the huge potential of the Indian market.”
     Muscat may not be as well as known as Dubai or Doha, but they are ready when you are.

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