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Oman Air and Gulf Air commit to closer ties

A senior Oman Air delegation headed by Chairman of the Board, Said Hamdoon Al Harthy met…

A senior Oman Air delegation headed by Chairman of the Board, Said Hamdoon Al Harthy met with Gulf Air President and Chief Executive James Hogan and other senior airline executives at the airline’s headquarters in Bahrain.

Working discussions focused on areas of co-operation, including the network, the loyalty programme, common pricing, shared infrastructure, expansion of code sharing, and other opportunities to promote economic development and tourism in the airlines’ owner states.

Thanking the Chairman for his ongoing support and commitment, Mr Hogan said: “Following the withdrawal of Abu Dhabi, our strong relationship with Oman Air will be fundamental and definitive in the way we move forward. At a time when the airline industry is facing so many challenges, it is important that we refine our strategy to work even more closely in achieving synergies and creating economies of scale.”

“Working with the unconditional mandate and support of our owner states, we are finalizing an enhanced strategy to restructure our business to achieve the right shape and size for our target markets in the future.”

Mr Al Harthy reiterated Oman’s Air’s commitment to closer ties with Gulf Air: “As Gulf Air focuses on a two-hub strategy in Bahrain and in Muscat, it has the opportunity to embrace positive change, notably in the network, where in co-operation with Oman Air, it will be possible to bring in greater synergies in route planning, business operations and cost reduction to ensure the longer term prosperity of both airlines and the region.”

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