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. 


AHG denies link with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises

Updated 16 January 2019
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AHG denies link with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises

Al-Habtoor Group (AHG) has clarified that the group and all its divisions, including Habtoor Hospitality (Habtoor Hotels) have no link or relationship of any kind with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises (HTE) and its owner Rashid Al-Habtoor.

This is following news released in major Indian and Middle Eastern media about a potential acquisition of the Leela Group of Hotels in India (Hotel Leela venture) by Rashid Al-Habtoor, founder and owner of Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises.

A spokesperson for Al-Habtoor Group said: “We feel obligated to clarify that Al-Habtoor Group in all its divisions and Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises are two separate entities. Habtoor Hospitality, commonly known as Habtoor Hotels, is owned solely by Al-Habtoor Group in the UAE and overseas.”

“... Any actions or business decisions taken by Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises or any of their associates are their sole responsibility, and Al-Habtoor Group is not liable under any circumstance for any damages or liabilities arising directly or indirectly from Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises business ventures.”