The third Boeing 787 Dreamliner, ZA003, arriving at Dubai International Airport.
The third Boeing 787 Dreamliner, ZA003, arriving at Dubai International Airport.

The 787-8, the first member of the 787 family of jetliners, is a twin-aisle aircraft that accommodates 210-250 passengers on routes between 7650-8200 miles (14 200-15 200 km).

Oman Air completed an arrangement with Boeing and Kuwait-based leasing company ALAFCO to transfer existing orders for the six Boeing Dreamliners from ALAFCO to Oman Air.

"Our decision to order the 787-8 is part of Oman Air's long-term growth strategy to expand and modernise our fleet with newer, more fuel-efficient airplanes," said Peter Hill, chief executive officer, Oman Air.

"We see direct benefits because of the Dreamliner's fuel efficiency and operating economics as well as the enhanced travel experience that Oman Air will be able to offer its customers aboard this airplane."

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner features a suite of new technologies, including advanced composite materials, systems, aerodynamics and engines.

Oman Air currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to 41 destinations across the Gulf, the Levant, Europe, East Africa and Asia.

Dubai Airshow

The third Boeing 787 Dreamliner, ZA003, arrived at Dubai International Airport on 12 November. It will be on display at the biennial Dubai Airshow on 13-16 November.

The aircraft was originally used for flight testing but has been refurbished to showcase the standard capabilities and features of the 787.