The Oman Air Training Centre has been awarded a much-coveted place in IATA's Middle East 2012 Top Ten Authorized Training Centre listing for the second continuous year. This confirms the high standards of Oman Air’s training and staff development which not only caters to the needs of the staff, but also attracts people from other organisations to utilize the resources provided at the Oman Air Training Centre.
The centre runs a range of courses for which accreditation has been granted by the Oman Civil Aviation Authority, IATA, Swiss Air and Lufthansa.
IATA, the International Air Transport Association, bestowed the top-ten placing in recognition of an outstanding contribution by the ATC (Authorized Training Centre) in developing human capital for tomorrow's air transport industry.
Abdulaziz Alraisi, Chief Officer Management Affairs, Oman Air, said, “IATA accreditation is a major milestone for us and IATA's subsequent recognition of the quality of our training is a credit to all our trainers and to all employees who have used what they learned in their jobs with best results. As Oman Air has evolved from a regional airline to an international luxury carrier, we have invested significantly to ensure that the Oman Air Training Centre delivers the highest possible quality and meets our strategic aims, as well as those of our commercial clients and individual trainees.”
Wayne Pearce Oman Air's Chief Executive Officer said, "We are delighted that Oman Air has been recognised by IATA for the second consecutive year, which confirms the high standards of our training and staff development. We look forward to consolidating our role as a global leader in aviation training and to promoting business excellence, not just within Oman but in the entire region.”
In conclusion Wayne Pearce said, “We work in close coordination and partnership with the national directives of the country set through the Ministry of Manpower and various other government bodies. Our commitment is to continue achieving an all-round development that reaches far and wide and in all the aspects of aviation, tourism and hospitality industries.”
About Oman Air
Oman Air is the flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman and an Official 4 Star Airline (Skytrax 2011). Founded in 1993, the airline has since witnessed massive growth and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, supporting the commercial, industrial and tourism sectors.
The airline currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to Gulf destinations, such as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam and Kuwait, as well as Cairo, Beirut and Amman within the wider Middle East region.
In addition, Oman Air flies to ten destinations in India (Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur), Chittagong in Bangladesh, Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan, Kathmandu in Nepal and Colombo in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, Oman Air flies to the Maldives, Bangkok in Thailand and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and operates services to Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania.
Its European destinations are London, Milan, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich.
Also, Oman Air will commence a new daily service between Muscat and the Iranian capital Tehran from 1st September 2012.
Codeshare partnerships with British Midland International (bmi) and Malaysia Airlines extend Oman Air’s network to include Hong Kong, Singapore, Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi and Penang, as well as Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh and Aberdeen in the UK.
Oman Air’s fleet currently consists of four Airbus A330-200s, three Airbus A330-300s, 15 Boeing 737-700s/800s, two Embraer E175s and two ATR 42s. Two further Embraer E175s are on order, with an option of a further five.
Oman Air will be taking delivery of 6 new Boeing 737s as of 2014, as well as 6 Boeing 787s Dreamliners, which are scheduled for delivery starting in 2015.
Oman Air’s outstanding aircraft interiors include its First Class Mini Suite, which provides each of the six First Class passengers with direct aisle access and converts to the longest lie-flat seat in the skies. The A330’s 20 award-winning Business Class seats each provide direct aisle access, ample storage space and the latest technological amenities. Economy Class seats offer adjustable head and leg rests, together with surprising amounts of leg and elbow room. A state of the art in-flight entertainment system features individual seatback screens, audio and video on demand and live satellite TV. In addition, Oman Air has pioneered both mobile telephony and Internet connectivity on board its flights and this is available in all three classes.
Superb new First and Business Class lounges have been opened at Muscat International Airport, featuring elegant and tranquil relaxation areas, complimentary spa treatments and à la carte dining. A lounge-to-aircraft limousine service has also been launched for First Class passengers at Muscat.
Oman Air’s commitment to quality, comfort and a seamless passenger experience has resulted in international acclaim, including: Best Business Class Seat in the World and Service Excellence, Middle East (World Airline Awards 2011); Best Luxury Airline, Middle East (Business Destinations Awards 2011); Technological Innovation of the Year (Aviation Business Awards 2010); as well recognition in the TravelPlus Amenity Bag Awards 2010 (three Gold, one Silver), the Cellars in the Sky Awards 2010 (Silver), the KLIA Awards 2011, the 2009 Vision Awards (one Silver, one Bronze) and the Travel Industry Club Awards 2010 (Silver), TTG Travel Award 2011 as Commended Airline of the Year, Best In-flight Connectivity & Communications award in The 2011 Passenger Choice Awards in Seattle USA, The Airline of the Year Award at France's Lauriers d'Or du Voyage d'Affaires, Top Resa 2011 in addition to the Best First Class Female Amenity Bag and the Best Business Class Unisex Amenity Bag at the TravelPlus Airline Amenity Bag Awards 2011. The most recent award won by Oman Air was The Best Business Class Airline, Middle East (Business Destinations Travel Awards 2012).