Oman Air has announced that it intends to make its first foray into China on Friday, as part of plans to expand its global network and fleet.
The national carrier said in a statement that it plans to start operating flights from its hub in Muscat to Guangzhou, China, from December 9.
The airline said the launch of the new route is in response to “significant customer demand”.
Paul Gregorowitsch, CEO of Oman Air, said: “It is always exciting to open a new destination and Guangzhou is a perfect choice to Oman Air’s network.
“Guangzhou, the 54th destination on the network will be an added value meeting the demand of the traders and businessmen of the two countries, as well as to tradesmen from different neighboring countries.”
He said the airline will operate a A330 aircraft on the route with 196 Economy Class seats and 30 Business Class seats.
The operation will initially offer four flights per week, but Gregorowitsch said he is confident that “this service will be a great success”.
Oman Air is undertaking a growth programme to expand its network, running in parallel to a major fleet expansion programme that will see Oman Air operating 70 aircraft by 2020.
Oman Air will run flights to Guangzhou from Muscat on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.