Oman Air Names Mike Duggan to Lead Cargo Division Amid Strategic Changes

Oman Air has appointed Mike Duggan as its new head of cargo as the airline undertakes a significant restructuring and fleet right-sizing effort. Duggan, a seasoned professional with extensive experience in forwarding and airlines such as Emirates, HAE, Southern Air, Transmile, and Saudia Cargo, was recently spotted representing Oman Air at Air Cargo China in Shanghai.

Duggan’s arrival aligns with Oman Air’s ongoing fleet changes and organizational overhaul. The airline has retired its A330 aircraft, as reported by CH Aviation, and now operates a fleet that includes eight 787s and 23 737s, one of which is a freighter.

In response to mounting debts and financial losses, the Omani government initiated a comprehensive restructuring of the carrier last year. This reorganization includes adjustments to the fleet, network, schedules, and workforce, resulting in the discontinuation of several routes, including Chittagong and Colombo.

Duggan’s extensive experience is expected to be crucial for Oman Air’s cargo operations review. Notably, during the pandemic, he successfully transformed Eastern Airlines into a cargo carrier by semi-converting 777s. However, as market demand declined, so did Eastern’s management’s focus on freight.

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