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|Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai|
Oman’s beauty attracts international movie makers
With Oman Air’s support and assistance, the Sultanate of Oman is to be showcased to international movie-goers, as Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Again gains its theatrical release.
The movie, which was directed by Milan Luthria and stars Sonakshi Sinha, Imran Khan and Bollywood’s leading action hero Akshay Kumar, was filmed in and around the Omani capital of Muscat and its launch follows the success of its predecessor, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai.
|Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai|
Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Again enjoyed a major promotional push at a press conference hosted by the Oman Ministry of Tourism on Friday 2nd August at the Taj Lands End, Bandra, Mumbai.
As the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, Oman Air was proud to help publicise the country’s outstanding natural beauty, picturesque towns and cities and rich culture by providing transport and logistical services for the movie’s 130-strong cast and crew.
Once in Oman, all associated with Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Again had the opportunity to discover the Sultanate’s pristine coastline, rugged mountains, awe-inspiring deserts and abundant wildlife. Beyond the area in and around Muscat, where much of the filming took place, Oman is also known for natural phenomena such as the Al Hoota caves, the Khareef (monsoon) - which is unique to the southern tip of Arabia and brings cooling relief from the summer heat – and Salalah’s anti-gravity point, where vehicles appear able to roll uphill.
Sharing his views of Muscat and Oman Air Akshay Kumar commented “The city has been quite friendly to me and I have always enjoyed the experience of shooting here. While I haven’t travelled around Oman, I found the city of Muscat to be quaint, charming and picturesque. It has a beautiful old-world charm about it. And Oman Air made our trip thoroughly enjoyable with their superb services on and off the flight!”
The film’s Director Milan Luthria and Producers Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms Ltd., also expressed their sincere and heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Oman Air for extending their hospitality which they said left them all “genuinely impressed.”
Sonakshi Sinha cound’t stop singing the praises of Oman Air and said that “I am now eagerly waiting for my next trip to this beautiful country of Oman and it goes without saying that I will be only flying Oman Air, as I find them really superb !”
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 Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Tehran and Kuwait, in the Gulf region, 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. Oman Air also flies to the Maldives, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam. Its European destinations are London, Milan, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich.
Oman Air has also codeshare partnerships with Emirates Airlines giving travellers better connectivity and an extended range of services between Dubai and Muscat as well as with Qatar Airways allowing Oman Air’s customers to book flights from any of the 42 departure points within its network to Doha, the capital of Qatar. Earlier this year, Oman Air, entered into a codeshare partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, the national carrier of Ethiopia on the Muscat and Addis Ababa sectors, which will offer greater choice for customers of the two airlines.
Oman Air’s fleet currently consists of four Airbus A330-200s, three Airbus A330-300s, 17 Boeing 737-700s/800s, four Embraer E175s and two ATR 42s. Six Boeing 787 Dreamliners are on order for delivery from 2015, three Airbus A330s are expected from December 2014 and six Boeing 737-800s will be added to the fleet, also from 2014. In addition, Oman Air announced at the Paris Air Show 2013 an order for six Boeing 737-900ERs – the first Gulf carrier to take the aircraft. By 2016, Oman Air’s total fleet size is expected to be around 50 aircraft.
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 generous 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 is also offered to 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 (Skytrax World Airline Awards 2011, 2012); Service Excellence, Middle East (Skytrax World Airline Awards 2011); Best Luxury Airline, Middle East (Business Destinations Awards 2011, 2012, 2013); Technological Innovation of the Year (Aviation Business Awards 2010); as well as recognition in the TravelPlus Amenity Bag Awards 2010 (three Gold, one Silver), 2011 (two Gold, one bronze), 2012 (one Gold); the Cellars in the Sky Awards 2010 (Silver) and 2012 (two Gold), 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.