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BUSINESS TRAVEL ADVERTORIAL OMAN AIR LAUNCH NEW DAILY SERVICE OMAN AIR is delighted to announce the launch of its new daily flight from Manchester to Muscat commencing on 1st May 2017. The daily service flying into Oman Air’s hub in Muscat will be operated by a 2 class Airbus A330 – 200 Aircraft and is in addition to the double daily flight from London Heathrow, making Manchester the only airport outside of London to have direct flights to Muscat. Oman Air also connects to a further 26 destinations providing seamless connectivity to India, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, UAE and many more routes. Business Class seats each convert into a fully-flat bed providing direct aisle access with ample storage space, the latest technological amenities and a complimentary chauffeur service. Economy Class seats offer adjustable head and leg rests, together with generous leg and elbow room. State of the art in-flight entertainment systems 38 feature individual seatback screens, audio and video on demand and live satellite TV. In addition, Oman Air pioneered both mobile telephony and Internet connectivity on board its flights and this is available in all classes. Superb new First and Business Class lounges have been opened at Muscat International Airport, featuring elegant and tranquil relaxation areas, complimentary spa treatments and à la carte dining. In addition, premium checkin facilities. At the World Travel Awards in 2016, Oman Air is currently the World’s Leading Airline – Economy Class. What better way to arrive to your final destination. For more information please visit www.omanair.com the likes of Muscat, San Francisco, Casablanca and Zagreb, opening up even more parts of the globe to the North of England. As I mentioned above, San Francisco is another major milestone for the airport and one the team has worked hard to secure for a number of years, so it’s pleasing that it will soon be served by two carriers – Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook Airlines. Once again, Manchester will be the only airport in the UK outside of London to offer direct flights to one of the major tech capitals of the world. There’s a real burgeoning tech scene across the North of England and these services provide a direct links to the world’s leading location for start-ups in that field. It will also have an impact on connecting venture capitalists in Northern California with early-stage businesses in the North looking for funding. We continue to work hard to attract new short and long haul routes and this is something that you can play your part with. We are already in discussions with a number of long and short haul airlines and need information from businesses to bring the demand from this region to life. We want to prove that demand exists for long haul flights from Manchester both to the east and west – from the Far East to the USA – as well as additional short haul destinations that are not yet served. By demonstrating the size and wealth of companies in our catchment area it can help make a compelling business case for the launch of a new route. I would urge any business who is able to provide information on their travel to get in touch with our Corporate Relationship team on corporateenquiries@magairports.com By working together we can ensure our route development mirrors the needs of your businesses and unlocks the full potential of the North. Continued from page 37


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