Under the patronage of HE Mohsin bin Khamis Al Balushi Adviser - Ministry of Commerce & Industry, board member of Oman Air and with the presence of other dignitaries an award ceremony was held at Golden Tulip Hotel Seeb earlier this month, in recognition of the commendable efforts of the 65-strong core team of Oman Air Business Continuity personnel. The ceremony marked great achievements by the staff.
Oman Air’s CEO, Paul Gregorowitsch, explained: ‘Oman Air is focused on ensuring reliability of our service and so I am delighted that we have achieved such great steps in enhancing our Business Continuity arrangements. Not only is this very valuable to Oman Air, but it provides a significant contribution to wider resilience in Oman, an important reflection of our responsibility as the national carrier “to become the best”.
“Oman Air has embarked upon this initiative to strengthen its ability to manage serious disruptions,” commented Dr. Khalid Abdul Wahab Al Balushi Senior Manager Government Relations & Sustainability who is also a certified lead auditor in Business Continuity Planning. This pioneering Business Continuity project has involved the training of a team of Business Continuity Co-coordinators and the formulation and testing of comprehensive plans, designed to deal with a range of scenarios.
The project has drawn upon the expertise of consultants from the UK Cabinet Office’s Emergency Planning College (EPC). Dr Mark Clegg, the EPC’s Head of Programs and one of their senior consultants, Ms Charlotte Hems, have been working alongside Oman Air personnel since August.
There is always a permanent and continuous follow-up with the employees who have been trained in order to make them aware of all developments that occur in this sector, which is one of the basic pillars of this project.
Founded in 1993, Oman Air has since witnessed massive growth and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, supporting the commercial, industrial and tourism sectors.
Oman Air’s fleet consists of six Airbus 330-300s, four Airbus 330-200s, four Boeing 737-900s, 18 Boeing 737-800, one Boeing 737-700, four Embraer 175s and an ATR 42. In addition, Oman Air’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner entered service in October 2015, and five more Dreamliners will follow. By 2018, Oman Air’s total fleet size is expected to be around 57 aircraft, rising to 70 aircraft by 2020.