After placing an initial order for six Boeing 787-8s in November 2011, Oman Air received its first Dreamliner on October 12th, 2011. The acquisition of the Dreamliner would fuel the carrier’s expansion plans, offering Oman Air the ability to fly further with lower emissions. Let’s take a look back at the delivery of this first aircraft six years ago and how that has changed the airline’s fleet since. The Omani carrier has a total of two Boeing 787-8s in its fleet at the moment. Photo: Oman Air Six years ago tomorrow
With the publication of this article on October 11th, tomorrow will mark precisely six years since Oman Air celebrated the delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a wet and rainy day in Everett, Washington. “We are delighted to receive our first Dreamliner which combined with Oman Air’s award-winning service will provide an excellent travel experience for our customers…” -Paul Gregorowitsch, Chief Executive Officer, Oman Air Adding to Gregorowitsch’s remarks, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO at the time, Ray Conner, noted that Boeing was proud to have Oman Air join its growing base of 787 customers in the Middle East and around the world. “Our partnership with Oman Air dates back almost 15 years, during which time the airline has been operating the 737 family. We’re delighted to help introduce Boeing twin-aisle airplanes into its growing fleet.”
Beyond the aircraft order, Boeing was also contracted by Oman Air for “a suite of services” to support the upcoming entry into service of its 787s. This would also ensure ongoing efficiency and cost savings for its fleet, helping to “minimize the time and cost of maintenance while increasing airplane availability.” Oman Air would go on to add the Boeing 787-9 to its fleet. Photo: Oman Air Just two of six 787-8s?
As noted in Boeing’s statement on its first 787 delivery to Oman Air, the airline had ordered six 787-8s in November 2011 as part of its expansion plans. However, data from ch-aviation.com notes that the Middle Eastern carrier has just two 787-8s now. Why is this?
Despite clear documentation that six -8s were ordered, it wasn’t easy to find evidence that an order swap occurred. However, looking at Oman Air’s fleet composition now, it’s evident that an order adjustment was made sometime in the past six years.
The carrier currently has two 787-8s and seven 787-9s in its fleet. […]