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Business Insider places Oman Air in top ten of World’s Best Airlines 2014

Business Insider, the US-based
global business news website with 38.4 million monthly unique visitors, has
placed Oman Air in the Top Ten of its just-published list of the world’s best
airlines for flying Economy Class.
Oman Air achieved ninth place in the
list, beating many of the best-known giants of the aviation industry, in areas
such as its passenger experience.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of
Oman Air, Salim Al Kindy, welcomed the list’s publication, saying:
“We are proud and delighted that
Business Insider has recognised the outstanding quality offered by Oman Air and
has listed us as one of the ten best airlines in the world. Oman Air’s long
haul Economy Class experience offers extremely high levels of space and
comfort, outstanding service and superb inflight technology, including mobile
phone and wi-fi connectivity, large personal entertainment screens, live
satellite TV and all the latest movies and music. When this is combined with
the traditional Omani hospitality that is Oman Air’s trademark, we are confident
that our passengers can enjoy the very best that 21st Century air travel has to

The Business Insider World’s Best
Airlines list was compiled using the criteria of the quality of the passenger
experience and the airline’s punctuality. The passenger experience was assessed
using data supplied by Skytrax, the independent airline quality experts, and
covering seat comfort, in-flight entertainment, cabin cleanliness and
condition, quality of meals served, service efficiency, and cabin safety

Data on airline punctuality covered the period from 1st April 2014 to 31st May
2014 and was supplied by The punctuality figures included the
performance of codeshare partners and was given a weighting of 30% in the final
results, whilst the passenger experience was given a 70% weighting to reflect
customers’ priorities when choosing an airline.

Oman Air’s Economy Class seats
aboard its long haul Airbus A330 fleet offer a 34-inch pitch, adjustable head
and leg rests and a 10.4-inch seatback inflight entertainment screen. In
addition to the entertainment options offered by the onboard system, passengers
are able personalise their experience by plugging in their own devices and
watching their own movies, listening to their own music, or using the inflight
connectivity service to update their social media, check emails or browse the
Oman Air currently operates a fleet
of 30 aircraft, comprising seven Airbus A330s, 17 Boeing B737s, four Embraer
E175s and two ATR42s. In addition, the airline has a further three A330s, six
Boeing B787 Dreamliners and 11 Boeing B737s on order, the first of which will
be delivered later this year. The expanded fleet will enable Oman Air to
increase the number of destinations it flies to, as well as offering greater
frequencies on existing routes.
The airline currently flies from its
base in Muscat, Oman, to 43 destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Asia
and East Africa and recorded on-time performance of almost 90% across its
network in 2013.
The Business Insider accolade comes
just one month after Oman Air was named ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline Economy
Class and ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline Best Business Class Airline’ at the
World Travel Awards 2014.

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