Oman Air and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Communications received delegates from Oman to a training seminar covering principles of flight and the design, manufacture and testing of commercial jetliners.

The seminar, titled ‘Airplanes 101’, was held recently at the Shangri-La Bar Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Muscat, representatives from Oman’s Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA), Oman Airport Management Company (OAMC), the Embassy of the United States of America and local media and Oman Air staff, to hear Boeing discuss the principles of aviation, aircraft design and certification, environmental impact, aviation safety and production and delivery systems.

The event comes ahead of Oman Air receiving, 11 new Boeing 737s and six Boeing 787 Dreamliners, to join the airline’s current fleet of 30 aircraft later this year. Oman Air has also three Airbus A330 aircraft on order.

Salim Al Kindy, Oman Air’s acting chief executive officer, said: “This seminar is the latest in a series of initiatives that Oman Air and Boeing have jointly undertaken in Oman and we would like to thank all those who attended this invaluable training course.

"I would also like to express my gratitude to Boeing’s training team, who were able to make highly detailed aviation issues accessible to a broad audience in an interesting and engaging way.

“Oman Air currently operates 17 Boeing aircraft and the timing of this event is particularly appropriate, as we will be receiving a further 14 Boeing airliners over the next couple of years.

These include the innovative B787 Dreamliner, which will provide our customers with the ultimate 21st Century passenger experience. As we prepare for their arrival, it is great to have the opportunity to work with Boeing and to raise awareness within the Sultanate of the immense complexity involved in designing and developing quiet, fuel-efficient and comfortable passenger aircraft.”

Since the program’s inception in 1997, more than 1,000 journalists, communications professionals and aviation industry stakeholders have completed Boeing’s ‘Airplanes 101’ course, which has been delivered in a number of locations worldwide. Oman Air and Boeing have worked together on the ‘Little Engineer’ conference, held in Muscat in 2013.