MUSCAT, OMAN — Oman Air, the official carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, recently revealed that it had taken delivery of a brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane from CDB Aviation.

This marks the final aircraft in a series of five that were ordered through a sale and leaseback deal with the international aircraft lessor, CDB Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. (CDB Leasing), based in Ireland.

The aircraft, which is equipped with the CFM Leap 1B27 engines, will accommodate 12 passengers in Business Class and 150 passengers in Economy Class.

The airline has recently been working on expanding its route network to various destinations in the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, Europe, South Asia, and Africa and has expressed interest in further enhancing connectivity to North and South America, as well as Australia, through codeshare agreements with its airline partners.

With the introduction of the 737 MAXs, Oman Air has expanded its fleet to 52 airplanes, including 10 Airbus A330s, 33 Boeing 737s, and nine Boeing 787s. The carrier's remarkable expansion plan for its fleet and network has already resulted in the inauguration of two new routes in 2022, with additional routes slated to be launched in the near future.