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Oman Air Appoints Paul Gregorowitsch As CEO

Oman Air has appointed Paul
Gregorowitsch as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective the
beginning of August 2014. Oman Air’s Chairman, His Excellency Darwish bin Ismail bin Ali
Al Balushi, hailed it as the start of a new chapter in the illustrious development,
at local, regional and international levels, of the national carrier of the Sultanate
of Oman.
His Excellency welcomed Mr
Gregorowitsch to Oman Air, saying:
“On behalf of the Board of
Directors of Oman Air, I would like to welcome Paul Gregorowitsch to the
position of Chief Executive Officer. Mr Gregorowitsch has vast experience in international airline
management and his commercial expertise will be of immense
benefit to Oman Air during its current phase, as well as in its next phase,
where the company will experience expansion and
evolution in terms of the strength of its fleet, the destinations it flies to,
its operational network and its commercial activities.”

Mr Gregorowitsch, a citizen of
the Netherlands, joins Oman Air from Air Berlin, where, having joined the
company in 2011, he sat on its Management Board with responsibility for the
carrier’s commercial activities. Air Berlin is one of Europe’s leading airlines
with a network of 171 destinations. Prior to joining Air Berlin, he was, from
2007 to 2011, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amsterdam-based
passenger and cargo airline Martinair Holland NV, where he
implemented successful restructuring measures to bring the company back into
profit in record time.
Gregorowitsch has also held a series of international management positions
within Air France-KLM, rising to Executive Vice President Commercial. He was
part of the Executive team that was responsible for amalgamating the
passenger divisions of Air France and KLM, and was a member of the Alliance
Steering Committee of Northwest Airlines and KLM.
Paul Gregorowitsch studied at the
University of Leiden and at the Dutch Scientific Institute for Tourism and
Leisure Management, in the Netherlands, and is
married with three adult children.
Commenting on his appointment,
Paul Gregorowitsch said:
“I am delighted to be taking up this vital and exciting role as
Chief Executive Officer of Oman Air. I am joining the airline at a critical
time in its development and I look forward to making a significant contribution
to its prosperity and growth, as well as to Oman’s travel and tourism industry.
“In recent years, Oman Air’s
emergence as one of the world’s leading luxury airlines has illustrated the
enormous progress it has made and it will be a pleasure to work with the
company’s Board of Directors and its talented and committed staff to take Oman
Air through its forthcoming programme of expansion.”
Mr Gregorowitsch will work with
the Board of Directors and airline staff to oversee Oman Air’s second major
phase of expansion, which will start later this year with the arrival of the
first of 20 aircraft the carrier currently has on order. These include three
Airbus A330s, six Boeing B787 Dreamliners and 11 Boeing B737s, which will enable
Oman Air to expand its network and increase frequencies on existing routes.
Oman Air’s current fleet strength
stands at 30, comprising seven Airbus A330s, 17 Boeing B737s, four Embraer
E175s and two ATR 42s, whilst its network covers 43 destinations across the
Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa.

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