The national carrier for the Sultanate of Oman, Oman Air, celebrated the launch of its inaugural flight WY721 to Nairobi, Kenya on March 28, 2017.
The four-times a week route to Kenya’s capital will be operated by a Boeing 737-800, and signals Oman Air’s first service to the region. The flight is set to make accessible Oman Air’s extensive range of destinations for customers from Kenya as well as help strengthen economic and social links between Oman and Kenya.
“The launch of this route is a significant milestone for Oman Air and is in direct response to customer demand,” said Oman Air’s Deputy CEO and Executive Vice President – Commercial, Abdulrahman Al Busaidy, adding that, “Oman and Kenya have been trading for many years and there have been recent moves between both countries to increase the synergies between both countries and build on the rising level of trade. We are confident that this latest expansion by Oman Air will help develop growing relations between both countries and also increase tourism and VFR traffic between our two nations.”
From Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, there will also be convenient connections to other points in Africa, in what should be a code share agreement with the national carrier Kenya Airways. Via Muscat, travellers can avail connections offered by Oman Air to other destinations in the Far East, the Indian Subcontinent and European countries.
The inaugural flight departed from Muscat at 1450hrs on 28th March, after a cake-cutting ceremony attended by senior management from Oman Air and other local dignitaries. The five-hour flight landed in Nairobi at 1855 local time. There was also a ribbon-cutting ceremony on arrival at the JKIA, including a welcome address by the Oman Air’s Deputy CEO and Executive Vice President- Commercial, Abdulrahman Al Busaidy.
The Oman Air CEO also reiterated that the launch of the new route demonstrates the airline’s commitment to continuing it ambitious and dynamic programme of fleet and network expansion and on board service developments.
OYGK Magazine also had the privilege of being invited to a Press Conference and Gala luncheon at the Villa Rosa Kempinski, Nairobi which was attended by high ranking dignitaries from the Kenyan Government, travel trade and other media outlets.