Oman Air a leading carrier in CSR

Oman Air a leading carrier in CSR

Oman Air - the flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman and an Official 4 Star Airline— founded in 1993, the airline 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. The airlines have marked its presence in corporate segment only, however, its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme are equally robust and have contributed significantly to the society.

The Oman Air has a strong and effective CSR programme that is aimed to work with international goals, promote and preserve Oman’s rich culture and unique heritage that has the potential to enhance the tourism experience in Oman and develop and empower the local communities of Oman. The key CSR strategic focuses for Oman Air are: Support in research and development, beautification of Oman with its communities, community-driven heritage sites restoration, cultural events for underprivileged children, clean up of Oman’s nature destinations, empowerment of persons with disabilities, development of rural waste management systems, building capacity of local guides and supporting local environmental programmes.

Recently, Oman Air has won the Golden Excellence Medal for social responsibility in the 12th session of the Arabic Organisation for Social Responsibility (ROSR). This award recognizes Oman Air’s outstanding contribution through its sustainable initiatives launched as a part of its ongoing CSR strategy.

Oman Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Gregorowitsch, on the occasion has said, “We are very proud to receive the Golden Excellence Medal in the 12th session of the ROSR. As the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, we take our corporate and social responsibility very seriously and we take pride in delivering tangible benefits for the people of our country.”

Senior Manager Government Relations and Sustainability at Oman Air, Dr. Khalid Abdul Wahab Ahmed Al Balushi, has said, “Oman Air is proud to promote positive corporate citizenship through its policies and practices. This is demonstrated through the high proportion of Omani citizens employed within the company, and by the excellent opportunities for training and career progression that we offer.”

Besides, under the theme of “building a brighter future, together”, Oman Air recently launched its CSR strategy focusing on supporting a range of sectors including SMEs, environmental protection, tourism, and education. The strategy is expected to help people with special needs as well as contributing to voluntary initiatives and comes with the stated aim of boosting the development of a sustainable society through investing in various public institutions for the foreseeable future. Interacting and communicating with all social groups will be of paramount importance as Oman Air implements their CSR strategy which demonstrates the airlines commitment to society.

In May this year, Oman Air announced a new initiative launched for its employees, ‘Wings of Support’. The initiative is an Employee Support Fund which offers and maintains financial sustenance to employees. Staff fall under financial crisis due to various reasons including unforeseen circumstances such as natural calamities can now be secured after being a member of Wings of Support.

The Employee Support Fund will be eligible to existing Oman Air employees who are on head office payroll and members of the scheme which will come into effect from 1st May 2017. Once registered to the scheme, employees can receive its benefit from the fund after completing one year as an active member of ‘Wings of Support’.

The airline currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madina, Tehran, Mashhad, Najaf, and Kuwait, in the Gulf region, as well as Cairo, and Amman within the wider Middle East/Africa region. In addition, Oman Air flies to eleven destinations in India: Goa, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur.

Currently, Oman Air’s fleet consists of five Boeing 787 Dream-liners, six Airbus 330-300s, four Airbus 330-200s, five Boeing 737-900s, 24 Boeing 737-800, one Boeing 737-700 and four Embraer 175s. Four more Dream-liners will join the fleet in the following years. By 2023, Oman Air’s total fleet size is expected to be around 68.

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