Oman Air to Launch Muscat-Manila Service in December

Oman Air, the national flag carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has announced that it will launch new direct service from Muscat to Manila in December. The carrier will be operating two flights per week initially beginning on December 2, with the frequency expanded to three weekly flights effective December 13. 

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In the initial two weeks of operation, the outbound flight, WY843, will depart Muscat every Tuesday and Saturday at 11:40am, with an arrival in Manila shortly past midnight the following day at 12:05am. The return flight, WY844, will depart Manila at 3:50am on Wednesdays and Sundays, arriving in Muscat at 9:00am. From December 13 to December 30, a third weekly flight will be added departing Muscat on Thursdays and returning from Manila on Fridays. From January 2, 2015 until March 28, the three weekly flights will be maintained. However, the outbound flight from Muscat will depart at 10:00am on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, arriving in Manila at 10:20pm. The return flight from Manila will depart at 6:00am on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, arriving in Muscat 11:10am. The flights have been timed to connect passengers to other destinations in the Oman Air network through the carrier's hub in Muscat.

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In addition to the new service to Manila, Oman Air will also be operating a new direct flight to Jakarta. According to Oman Air Chief Executive Officer Paul Gregorowitsch, the new destinations are a welcome addition to the Oman Air network. "Oman Air is pleased to be offering, from December this year, two outstanding new services from our home base in Muscat," said Gregorowitsch. "These exciting cities each offer travellers a fascinating view of their countries' vibrant cultures and we are very confident that they will prove popular with visitors from Oman and further afield."

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The Sultanate of Muscat is currently home to 31,000 overseas Filipino workers. The new direct flights operated by Oman Air will be the first and only direct link between the two countries, though both Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have expressed an interest in serving Muscat. "Both Manila and Jakarta are important commercial centres and we anticipate strong demand from business travellers, underlining Oman Air's commitment to supporting positive trade relations between Oman and other nations," added Gregorowitsch.

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Flights will be operated by the carrier's fleet of award-winning Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Each aircraft is configured with six first class suites, twenty business class seats with lie flat beds, and two-hundred and six economy class seats. Oman Air's economy class features a spacious 34 inch seat pitch with a 10.6 inch personal entertainment screen. Seating in economy is also configured with power outlets, USB connections, and ethernet ports. In addition, all of the carrier's A330 flights offer passengers in-flight wireless internet for an additional fee. 

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Oman Air is rated a four-star carrier by Skytrax. The company says that it has already begun selling tickets to Manila ahead of the December launch. The news comes in preparation for Oman Air to accept delivery of twenty-four new aircraft including Airbus A330's, Boeing 737's, and Boeing 787's.

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