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Oman Air launches inaugural flight to Istanbul


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National carrier Oman Air has launched a new daily flight from Muscat to the Turkish city of Istanbul from 1 June.

The inaugural flight WY 163 departed Muscat International Airport at 20.10 hrs. after a cake-cutting ceremony at Oman Air’s exclusive First and Business class check-in lounge. The Oman Air delegation, led by chief commercial officer Paul Starrs, was received by key officials at the Istanbul Ataturk International Airport.

The new route was operated by a Boeing 737-800 with a flight time of 5 hours and 25 minutes.Flight WY163 will depart Muscat International Airport’s new, award-winning passenger terminal daily at 20.10, arriving in Istanbul Ataturk International Airport at 00.25. The return flight WY164 will depart Istanbul each day at 01.25, arriving in Muscat at 07.25.

The new route between Oman and Turkey will strengthen the existing vibrant bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries. With the opening of this route, Oman Air’s guests will be able to explore one of the world’s most thriving cities. Intertwining both ancient and modern cultures, the largest city in Turkey, Istanbul is the heart of the country’s economic, cultural, and historical roots, with much to offer Oman Air guests travelling to this beautiful destination.

Oman Air is currently undergoing an exciting fleet and network expansion program, which will see the airline operate up to 66 aircraft to 60 destinations by 2022. The airline continues to be recognised for its award-winning onboard experience; winning a raft of industry awards to add to its growing collection. 


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