Oman Air mulls economy only aircraft with B737s
Oman Air is considering the launch of economy-only aircraft on routes with low demand for premium class travel, according to CEO Peter Hill.
Speaking to Aviation Business magazine in Dubai, the chief executive explained that a handful of the national carrier’s existing Boeing 737 aircraft could be reconfigured as part of the initiative.
“We are looking at new seating arrangements,” stated Hill. “One option is the introduction of all-economy services, because demand for business class in some of the subcontinent markets is low, so that should be reflected with seat utilisation. I expect around four or five of those aircraft will have all-economy arrangements.”
A similar initiative was launched by Etihad Airways in October last year, when two Airbus A320s were configured to carry 162 economy class passengers, an increase of 42 from the previous economy capacity.
The all economy cabin aircraft were introduced on short haul flights with high demand for economy traffic and low demand for premium traffic, such as Alexandria, Calicut, Colombo, Damascus, Doha and Thiruvananthapuram.
“Our all economy aircraft will allow us to offer a more competitive product in key point-to-point markets in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and the Indian subcontinent, while maintaining the high standards of service we have become known for,” Etihad’s CEO James Hogan said at the time.
Click here for the full interview with Oman Air's Peter Hill, as published in the August 2011 issue of Aviation Business magazine.