Oman Air is in the process of phasing out its ATR 42 and E175 aircraft.
The first ATR aircraft was recently taken out from service this year. The second one is expected to be taken out from service in about three months.
The airline has been using the 42-seat ATR 42, which is by far the oldest aircraft type in Oman’s fleet, on domestic routes.
Paul Gregorowitsch, CEO, Oman Air said the airline has also recently decided to phase out its E175 (Embraer) fleet. He expects that the last of the E175s will be phased out by late 2015 or early 2016. The airline operates a fleet of four E175s in 71-seat two-class configuration, including 11 business class and 60 economy seats. The fleet of ATR 42 is in all-economy configuration.
The E175 is currently used on two of its three domestic routes and some regional international flights within the Middle East including Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Dubai. The airline is looking at an ambitious expansion as part of a plan to double its fleet and add more than 25 new destinations over the next six years.