|Oman Air Becomes Premium Sponsor Of National Bank Of Oman Golf Classic|
Oman Air has been appointed as Premium Sponsor of the inaugural National Bank of Oman Golf Classic tournament, following a signing ceremony held in Muscat on 21st October 2013.
The tournament, which is the penultimate of the European Challenge season and will be held at Almouj Golf, The Wave Muscat, Oman, from 24th to 27th October 2013, will see some of the golf world’s greatest names compete for the title at Oman’s latest world-class course.
Oman Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Pearce, said following the signing ceremony:
“We are delighted to be sponsoring the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic in the Sultanate of Oman, as it will provide us with another opportunity to use a premium event to promote and showcase the Sultanate throughout our global network, and to the world at large.
“Oman is increasingly becoming a destination of choice for sports enthusiasts, as international awareness grows of the superb leisure opportunities which are offered throughout the country. Golf has always been part of that mix, but the recent opening of superb new courses in the Sultanate has given a major boost to the sport and Oman Air is in an ideal position, through our global network, to introduce the world’s golfers to what Oman has to offer.
“Indeed, we have already begun work with a number of prestigious golf clubs and tour operators around the world to encourage players to come and discover this latest addition to the international golfing circuit.”
Mr Salaam Al Shaksy, National Bank of Oman’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We are indeed delighted to be title sponsor and organisers of The European Challenge Tour Golf Classic 2013. We are not only promoting the tournament, but also showcasing the Sultanate of Oman as a destination for tourism, business and investment. The Bank is committed to assisting in the development of the nation at all levels, be that through banking, employment or the promotion of the country through sports. Our executives and staff have been working relentlessly and have done an amazing job to ensure the success of the event. This is the most important week of the tournament, players have arrived; the venue is set and the tournament is ready to commence and welcome all.
The Bank is also proud to further strengthen its long standing association with Oman’s national carrier – Oman Air. We are delighted to have them as one of our premium sponsors of this ‘first of its kind’ international event in Oman”.
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 flights from Muscat to over 43 destinations in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe, including ten destinations in India. It also operates codeshare agreements with Emirates Airlines and Qatar Airways to extend its reach and offer customers even greater choice and convenience. 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 stands at 30 aircraft with an average age of less than five years, including Airbus A330s, Boeing 737s, Embraer E175s and ATR 42s. A further 11 B737s and three Airbus A330s will join the fleet from 2014 and six B787 Dreamliners are on order for delivery from 2015.
Oman Air’s outstanding aircraft interiors offer direct aisle access and fully lie-flat seats in Business and First Class and its 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 all classes, together with inflight mobile phone and wi-fi connectivity – Oman Air being the first airline in the world to pioneer this technology.
On the ground, Oman Air’s First Class and Business Class lounges at Muscat and Bangkok, and its Majan lounge at Muscat, together with online booking, web check-in and limousine services for premium customers ensure a stylish, comfortable and convenient start and finish to every journey.
Oman Air has won numerous international awards in recognition of its quality, comfort and a seamless passenger experience, including “World’s Best Business Class Airline Seat” (Skytrax World Airline Awards 2011, 2012), “Best Business Class Airline, Middle East” (Business Destinations Awards 2011, 2012, 2013), “Best Inflight Connectivity and Communications” (2011 Passenger Choice Awards) and “Airline of the Year” (Lauriers d'Or du Voyage d'Affaires, Top Resa 2011). More recently, Oman Air was named the Leading Economy Class Airline, Middle East at the World Travel Awards 2013.