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OMAN Air Sponsors the Gulf Flight Safety Committee AGM

OMAN Air Sponsors the Gulf Flight Safety Committee AGM
OMAN Air Sponsors the Gulf Flight Safety Committee AGM

OMAN Air

Oman
Air hosts the Gulf Flight Safety Committee on 10 June, sponsored by Oman Air,
NEXUS Flight Operations Services and MedAire/International SOS.  The Gulf Flight Safety Committee (GFSC) was
originally founded in Oman in 2004 by a group of Gulf based Safety
Professionals from various aviation companies located within the GCC
region.  This group is made up of over
250 members representing 80+ organizations within the region.  The group meets quarterly to promote safety
improvement initiatives, including coordination with international
organizations and bodies such as ICAO and IATA.

New
elections during the GFSC Annual General Meeting held here in Muscat resulted
in the following Executive Board; Chairman, Capt. Mohammed A. Malatani,
Co-Chairman, Capt. William Mermelstein and Secretary/Treasurer Capt. Mark
Trotter. “We are very pleased to have the support of
Oman Air and the city of Muscat to host our Annual General meeting, and
participation by the Royal Air Force of Oman and the Police Air Wing” says
newly elected Chairman Capt. Malatani.  As
a result of this annual meeting the membership agreed to a slight name change
as the Gulf Flight Safety Council to better reflect the mission and goals.
                                              
Capt.
Malatani also extended his thanks to Janab Al Sayyid Capt. Manin
Al-Said, General Manager Quality & Safety of Oman Air for their hospitality
in hosting the GFSC in Muscat, Oman.
The
meeting comes one day before another important regional safety event.  The International Civil Aviation Organization
and International Air Transportation Association (CAO/IATA) events come as an
initiative under the Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG-MID) to enhance
safety in the Middle East. The purpose of Safety Management Workshop is to;
share best practices and lessons learned for Safety Management Systems (SMS)
and State Safety Programs (SSP); provide break-out sessions for sharing of
safety data and SMS/SSP implementation; and promote safety data tools and enhance
safety culture.
“The
Gulf Flight Safety Council is pleased to partner with ICAO & IATA in our
mutual goals of promoting safety in the region” added Capt. Mohammed Malatani,
General Manger Safety of Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) and the new chairman
of the GFSC.
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 Gulf destinations, such as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah,
Riyadh, Dammam, Tehran and Kuwait, 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. Furthermore, Oman Air
flies to the Maldives, Bangkok in Thailand and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and
operates services to Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. 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.

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. Oman Air will be taking delivery of 6 new Boeing 737s as of 2014, as well
as 6 Boeing 787s Dreamliners, which are scheduled for delivery starting in
2015.

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 surprising amounts of 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 has also been launched for 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 (World Airline Awards 2012); Best Business Class Seat
in the World and Service Excellence, Middle East (World Airline Awards 2011);
Best Luxury Airline, Middle East (Business Destinations Awards 2011);
Technological Innovation of the Year (Aviation Business Awards 2010); as well
recognition in the TravelPlus Amenity Bag Awards 2010 (three Gold, one Silver),
the Cellars in the Sky Awards 2010 (Silver), 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 in addition to the Best First Class Female
Amenity Bag and the Best Business Class Unisex Amenity Bag at the TravelPlus
Airline Amenity Bag Awards 2011. Oman Air was awarded The Best Business Class
Airline, Middle East at the Business Destinations Travel Awards 2012.

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