Oman Air’s chief executive has issued a warning to Boeing, following the impact of the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft on the airline.
Speaking at an event to showcase the airline’s new cabin crew uniform at Heathrow yesterday, Abdulaziz Al Raisi said the grounding was having “a major financial impact on Oman Air”.
He indicated Oman Air’s expansion plan for the rest of this year had been “significantly curtailed” as a result of the grounding of five 737 Max aircraft, and the non-delivery of a further three that were scheduled to go into operation in 2019. The airline has also suffered revenue losses and market share declines, particularly in its home market.
The airline said Al Raisi met with Boeing’s officials in Muscat recently, where he was promised a recovery and support plan that would be submitted to the airline before the upcoming Paris Airshow starting next week. He said: “If I don’t hear back from Boeing before I arrive at Le Bourget airport, then I will have to go ahead with my planned meeting with Airbus at the airshow.”
The 737 Max has been grounded since March following two crashes that claimed a total of 346 lives, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has refused to put a timeline on when the aircraft might return to the skies.