Oman Air launches Casablanca flights

The inaugural flight WY171 departed Muscat International Airport after a cake cutting ceremony.
Updated 03 July 2018
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Oman Air launches Casablanca flights

Oman Air, the national carrier of Oman, commenced its new service from Muscat to the Moroccan city of Casablanca on July 1. The inaugural flight WY171 departed Muscat International Airport at 1:20 a.m. after a cake cutting ceremony. The flight arrived in Casablanca at 7:10 a.m. This new service to Casablanca is operated by Dreamliner (787-800) and is scheduled to depart Muscat four times per week flying to Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca. 

Oman Air’s official delegation to Casablanca included Ahmed Nasser Al-Mahrizi, minister of tourism (guest of honor), Dr. Mohammed Al-Zaabi, CEO PACA, and a number of Oman Air’s senior management team members. The delegation was received by top-ranking officials in Morocco, including Oman’s ambassador to Morocco. 

Following the inaugural flight, Oman Air hosted a press conference to brief media on its new destination and the importance of the new route. 

The launch of the Casablanca service comes at an exciting time for Oman Air, as the airline commenced operations to Istanbul in June. This October, the national carrier is also set to introduce a new service to Moscow as well as relaunch its service to the Maldives. 

With a flight time of eight hours and 50 minutes, Flight WY171 will depart Muscat on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:20 a.m., arriving in Casablanca at 7:10 a.m. The return flight WY172 will depart Casablanca four times a week at 8:20 a.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving in Muscat International Airport’s new, award-winning passenger terminal at 7.15 p.m.; a return flight duration of seven hours and 50 minutes. 

The direct flight between Morocco and Oman benefits both business and leisure travelers, strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. Travelers from Morocco can take advantage of Oman Air’s connections via Oman Air’s hub, Muscat International Airport, to a wide range of destinations across the globe. The launch of this route is a significant milestone for Oman Air and is in direct response to customer demand, the airline said. 


Ascott Jeddah supports World Kidney Day

Staff members from Ascott Tahlia Jeddah, Ascott Sari Jeddah, Citadines Al-Salamah Jeddah and Spectrums Residence Jeddah visited the Hisham Attar Center for dialysis, to spend time with 70 patients.
Updated 18 March 2019
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Ascott Jeddah supports World Kidney Day

In light of National Kidney Month observed in March, The Ascott Limited joined forces with Albir Society Jeddah to observe World Kidney Day, on Thursday.

Staff members from Ascott Tahlia Jeddah, Ascott Sari Jeddah, Citadines Al-Salamah Jeddah and Spectrums Residence Jeddah visited the Hisham Attar Center for dialysis, to spend time with 70 patients, who were presented a flower and a gift from the properties.

Further supporting the cause, a dedicated Albir Society stand has been set up in the lobby of the four properties from March 13th to 20th, enabling a financial contribution from both staff and guests, as Ascott aims to raise support for the organization.

Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional general manager for Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said: “We’re proud to support this important cause across Ascott Jeddah and enable both staff and guests to get involved. All Ascott Jeddah staff wore a green ribbon on their uniforms for the month of March, further driving awareness and showing their commitment to the cause. CSR initiatives form a core component of Ascott’s operations, and we’re pleased to be able to support the Albir Society Jeddah.”

World Kidney Day is annually observed on second Thursday in March. This year, it fell on March 14. The day is marked to raise awareness about kidney health and its relation to our overall health. This year, the theme of World Kidney Day was “Kidney Health For Everyone Everywhere.”

According to National Health Portal, chronic kidney disease is the sixth fastest growing cause of death. Around 850 million people worldwide are now estimated to have kidney diseases due to various causes. Around 1.7 million people are estimated to die annually due to acute kidney injury globally.

The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. It has more than 58,000 operating units in key cities of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as over 42,000 units, which are under development, making a total of more than 100,000 units in over 660 properties.

The company’s serviced residence and hotel brands include Ascott, Citadines, Somerset, Quest, The Crest Collection, lyf, HARRIS, FOX HARRIS, YELLO, POP!, Préférence and HARRIS Vertu.