Oman Air’s inaugural flight to Goa departed Muscat recently. The aircraft took off with a full complement of VIPs, stakeholders and media representatives, who were joined by Oman Air Chief Executive Officer Paul Gregorowitsch and members of his senior management team.
The chief guest on the flight was Oman Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mohammed bin Nasser Al Zaabi. Oman Air’s senior managers took pride in showing him and all the other guests, around the interior of their aircraft - one of the most recent to be delivered to the airline as part of its current programme of major expansion. Each guest was also able to experience Oman Air’s award-winning service and authentic Omani hospitality.
After landing at Goa International Airport less than three hours after departure from Muscat, guests were greeted by dignitaries from Goa before taking part in an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. A packed itinerary then followed, which included a press conference and tours of Goa.
A centrepiece of the guests’ itinerary was the glittering Gala Dinner, which was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Goa hotel. Oman Air was immensely proud to host Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar at this event, which he attended as a chief guest. A formal speech of thanks by Oman Air Chief Executive Officer was followed by an exchange of gifts and classic Arabic and international music from the Oud Hobbyists Association.
Speaking in Goa, Gregorowitsch said, “I am delighted that Oman Air is launching this new service between Muscat and Goa. It will be greatly appreciated by travellers in India, in Oman and from throughout our international network.
“I was extremely proud to showcase our new aircraft to our Omani chief guest Dr. Mohammed bin Nasser Al Zaabi and to all those who travelled with us on our inaugural flight.
Furthermore, after landing it was a great honour to be joined by our Goan chief guest Laxmikant Parsekar, who is the Chief Minister of Goa. That two such notable figures should take part in our celebrations demonstrates the strong friendship that exists between Oman and India and the importance of our new service. On behalf of Oman Air I would like to thank both for committing so much of their valuable time to the launch of our new service.”
Goa is Oman Air’s 11th destination in India and the new service has been met with strong demand for bookings. The new service is the latest to be announced as Oman Air undergoes its current phase of major expansion. This will see the airline increase the size of its fleet from 30 in 2014 to 70 by 2020. Oman Air will also be adding many more new destinations to its network, as well as increasing frequencies on many established routes.
Goa’s Portuguese-influenced Indian culture, miles of palm-fringed beaches and abundance of hotels and resorts have, for many years, made it one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Located on the west coast of India and overlooking the Gulf of Arabia, Goa is less than three hours’ flight time from Muscat.
Tickets from Muscat to Goa are currently on sale at www.omanair.com. Flights to Goa via Muscat are also available from any point within Oman Air’s international network.