OmanAir

May 25, 2016

Oman Air on Wednesday announced plans to launch a new service between Muscat and the Iranian city of Mashhad from June 1.

Mashhad will be Oman Air’s second destination in Iran, following the launch of flights to Tehran in 2012, the airline said in a statement.

It addd that the new daily flights will be operated by a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Oman Air’s CEO Paul Gregorowitsch said: “Oman Air is delighted to be launching a new service between Muscat and Mashhad. The launch is in response to significant customer demand and we anticipate a high level of early bookings.”

Mashhad is Iran’s second most populous city, with around 2.8 million residents. It is also a major centre for cultural, religious and business affairs.

Located in the north east of Iran, Mashhad’s economy is based on trade in fruit, nuts and spices, gems and jewellery, perfume and textiles. It is also Iran’s second largest manufacturing center for the automobile industry.

Return flights from Mashhad to Muscat cost from $409 in Economy Class or $872 in Business Class, Oman Air said.

The launch is part of an expansion plan which will see Oman Air increase the number of destinations to which it flies to 75 by 2020.

Source: http://www.arabianbusiness.com/oman-air-says-launch-daily-flights-second-iranian-city-632930.html#.V0ay0ZErJdg

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