Oman Air Welcomes First Freighter

Daniel Fowkes
15 Nov 2023
· Aircraft 
· Freight 
Boeing and Oman Air announced an order and delivery of the operator’s first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF). (Image: Boeing)

Oman Air has announced a landmark delivery for the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF).

Thanks to the newest delivery, this represents the first dedicated cargo aircraft that Oman Air will be able to operate.

Fantastic Growth Experienced

Oman Air has experienced fantastic growth for its cargo division, with a 42% increase during the first half of 2023. This is in comparison to results during the same period in 2022.

The company attributes a significant degree of expansion as a reason they’ve seen the increase.

Oman Air cites that it can carry up to 23.9 tonnes of freighter at a range of 3,750km thanks to the 737-800BCF.

The aircraft is slated to contribute significantly to the future of their freighter and logistics area of the business and allow for increased growth.

Comments From Executives

The freighter will contribute to the growth of the air cargo logistics sector in Oman and beyond, will be based at our strategically located Muscat hub and will enhance our ability to connect East and West.

Oman Air

The 737-800BCF brings the right payload and range to complement Oman Air’s passenger fleet with dedicated cargo capacity. We are honored to partner with Oman Air Cargo to support their operation with a proven and reliable freighter.

Kate Schaefer, vice president of Boeing Commercial Modifications.

Oman Air Cargo’s Importance

Established in 2009, Oman Air Cargo has emerged as a prominent air cargo carrier in the Middle East.

The cargo division specialises in providing tailored solutions for diverse freight transportation requirements.

This can include but isn’t limited to, unique commodities like pharmaceuticals, fresh produce, valuables, and hazardous goods.

The Oman Air Fleet

For the company’s mainline operation, Oman Air has 40 in-service aircraft.

The fleet is spread across multiple aircraft types, including heavily relying on the 737 series, with the MAX and the -8 specifically.

Additionally, the airline flies the 737-800 and 737-900ER.

A commitment to the A330 exists for the company’s widebody operation, with six total units spread across two variants.

Meanwhile, the airline flies two 787-8s and seven 787-9s with further aircraft on order.

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