Oman Air has announced an order for five Boeing 737-900ER jets.
Boeing values the order, previously listed on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website as being for an unidentified customer, at $473 million at current list prices.
With this order, Oman Air becomes the first customer in the Arabian Gulf region to order Boeing 737-900ER jets.
The airline already operates 15 Boeing 737-800 jets and two 737-700s, along with ATR 42-500s, Embraer 175s and Airbus A330-200 and A330-300 widebodies.
With its new order, announced at the Paris Air Show 2013, the airline now has a backlog of six 737-800s and five 737-900ERs. In addition, Oman Air has six Boeing 787-8s on order.
“The 737 is able to operate effectively in very hot climates and has proven itself with its dispatch reliability, ease of maintenance and efficient performance,” says Wayne Pearce, chief executive officer of Oman Air.
“These Next-Generation 737s will play a key role in supporting our efforts to strengthen and expand our network and boost tourism and business travel into Oman,” adds Pearce. “The 737-900ER provides all the benefits of the Next-Generation 737 family, but with a higher seating capacity that gives us even better economics.”
“Oman Air’s order expands our customer base for the 737-900ER,” says Marty Bentrott, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ vice president of sales for the Middle East, Russia and Central Asia.
Adds Bentrott: “We are very proud of our long-standing relationship with the airline, which began over 12 years ago. Over the past decade, Oman Air has expanded its operations and destination network considerably, and we are proud to be playing a role in the airline’s vision of the future.”