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The first trial flight takes off from the new Muscat international Airport
24 December 2017 - The first trial flight takes off from the new Muscat international Airport

On the 23rd of December 2017, the new passengers’ terminal building at Muscat International Airport, saw its first test flight number WY 2001 take off. On the helm of the flight was Cpt. Hafidh Al- Khatri with the presence of his Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Nasser Alza’abi, CEO of Public Authority for Civil Aviation. The test also saw officials from civil aviation, media and other industries who showcased their support through their presence.

This flight comes as a significant step for the trial operation phase as well as on the work progress of the New Muscat International Airport. The new airport saw an operation simulation by enabling virtual passengers pass through all travel procedures through the newly established facilities and systems encrypted and specially designed by the airport.

This trial flight came after the successful set of basic trial operations in the New Passengers Terminal Building (PTB), which peaked 22 trials for over 10 facilities/systems that saw the incredible participation and support of over 1300 expats/Omani citizens and 6500 from strategic partners (ROP, Oman air, Oman ground handling company).

After this trial flight’s successful completion, the airport has decided to undergo a series of many operational trials later, which will include using many aircrafts through all the boarding bridges, in order to check systems integration.

The operation readiness team, in coordination with Munich Airport consultant, is organizing 35 advanced tests with over 17000 volunteers from the community, using a variety of scenarios. Such tests will be held on weekly basis every Wednesday in December and every Monday and Wednesday starting from January 2018 until the official operation of the new terminal commences.

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