Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:00

MIAT leases Oman Air B737 and plans expansion

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The national air carrier is increasing its fleet size due to expected passenger traffic increase. Thus, MIAT started the lease of Oman Air’s B737-700 aircraft which landed in ULN airport on May 10th. The aircraft’s has a seat configuration of 12 business class seats and 102 economy class seats.

MIAT’s Vice President (Operations), Ganbold Namsraijav told in an interview to Bloomberg TV that the airline is leasing this aircraft due to planned expansion of its flight network and to bridge the gaps till the airline’s planned lease of two B-737-800 MAX from Boeing by 2019.

The airline is also planning to launch regular Bangkok – Ulaanbaatar flight from November. Earlier it announced its planned regular flights to South Korean city of Busan. According to Operations Vice President, he is expecting big changes in the airline’s flight network in 2018 due to new airport and associated competitiveness increase.

Currently the airline, holds about half of the outbound and inbound international flights performed at Chinggis Khaan International Airport (IATA: ULN).