Oman Air is now operating five direct flights a week between Muscat and Bangkok. Ziad Bin Karim Al Haremi, Oman Aviation Services (Oman Air) CEO said that launching services to Bangkok is in response to market demand for direct and reliable services between the Muscat and Asia Pacific. “Oman Air operations to Bangkok will improve business relations between the two nations,” he added.“We have selected Thailand as our base for expansion into the Far East region and want to take advantage of the opportunities it can harness from the boom in passenger traffic through the new Suvarnabhumi Airport,” he said.“We expect to see higher load factor after the initial launch with the initial target being 70 per cent,” he added. He said that with the ongoing expansion witnessed in the airline’s network to reach more destinations to serve Oman, Oman Air would become the logical choice for customers flying for leisure or business to the Sultanate. “We are going to work in every way to try to increase the presence in Asia Pacific, and will look at tapping all the markets.”He said that increasing economic relations between Oman and Thailand, had resulted in a marked increase in business and tourist traffic between the two countries, which requires enhanced connectivity, saying that Oman Air Bangkok flights would not only link the two capital cities but also offer convenient connections to Bangkok and onward to other cities we operate to. Oman Air will fly Boeing 767s to the Far East. With the inauguration of Bangkok, Oman’s national carrier now flies to 25 destinations.