In Brief


Oman Air launches winter route to Zurich

Due to increased demand, Oman Air has extended its winter schedule, offering flights between Muscat and Zurich starting from October 5, 2024. With award-winning comfort on-board the spacious B787, guests can fly direct to the Swiss city, which is one of Europe’s most popular winter-time

From October 5 to 26, 2024 Oman Air will operate three weekly flights on Monday, Saturday, and Sunday, with the Muscat-Zurich flight departing at 14:20 and arriving at 19:25 and the Zurich-Muscat flight departing at 21:15 and arriving at 06:20.

From October 27, 2024, to March 28, 2025, 4 weekly flights will be offered on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, with the Muscat-Zurich flight departing at 15:00 and arriving at 19:05 and the Zurich-Muscat flight departing at 21:35 and arriving at 06:50.


Turkish Airlines, Airbus, Rolls-Royce bolster ties

Celebrating the historic order for 150 A321neo and 80 A350 Family aircraft placed in December 2023, Türkiye’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines, Airbus and Rolls-Royce came together at Turkish Airlines’ headquarters in Istanbul recently. Present were the Turkish Minister of Trade Prof. Omer Bolat, Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacır, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Abdulkadir Uraloglu, and Deputy Minister of National Defence  Bilal Durdalı, representatives of top Turkish aerospace companies as well as the British Consul General, and undersecretaries of France and Spain.

The celebration also marked the unveiling of the Strategic Türkiye Enhanced Programme (STEP), which was created by Airbus, Turkish Airlines, and aerospace companies in Türkiye to further develop the Turkish aerospace industry in line with Turkish Airlines’ long-term strategic growth plan.


flydubai unveils ten summer destinations

flydubai, the Dubai-based carrier, is gearing up to offer passengers a selection of ten popular seasonal summer destinations between June and September 2024. The ten unique destinations include Batumi, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Olbia, Santorini, Bodrum, Trabzon, Tivat and Sochi.

Commenting on the upcoming summer travel period, Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai, said: “At flydubai, we are dedicated to providing our passengers with more opportunities to travel during the busy summer period.”


Virgin Atlantic’s Flight100 celebrates SAF

Virgin Atlantic has shared headline results from Flight100. The flight, which flew from London Heathrow to New York JFK on November 28, 2023, was the world’s first commercial aircraft operating across the Atlantic on 100 per cent Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), on a Boeing 787, using Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.

Virgin Atlantic’s flight proved that the SAF used for the flight is safe to use with the existing infrastructure. It also delivers material reductions in CO2 and can also improve local air quality. The SAF also contributes to a reduction on persistent contrail formation and reduces fuel use.

The use of 100 per cent SAF saved the lifecycle equivalent of 95 tonnes of CO2 or 64 per cent of the emissions of a standard London Heathrow to New York JFK flight.


Gulf Air increases Doha - Bahrain flights

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has announced an increase in the frequency of its flights between Doha and Bahrain from 21 flights to 37 flights per week, starting May 20, 2024, responding to passengers’ growing demand, and further enhancing connectivity in the region.

This strategic enhancement in service frequency will offer passengers greater flexibility and more travel convenience between both destinations and beyond Gulf Air’s network across the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Africa.

Operating out of the Skytrax-awarded Bahrain International Airport, these increased services ensure that passengers enjoy quick and efficient transfer times and are part of Gulf Air’s ongoing efforts to enhance its presence in key markets and cater to the increasing travel demands in the region.