Oman Royal Flight

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Oman Royal Flight was first established circa 1974 to provide VIP Transport for Sultan. Helicopters were added in 1975. The Flight has expanded considerably since its formation.

Key Dates

1974    Oman Royal Flight first established.
1975    First helicopter acquired.

Current Status

The Royal Flight is currently taking delivery of new EC225 helicopters to replace the Super Pumas now passed to the Air Force.

Future Plans

No information.

Markings

National Insignia

Royal Flight aircraft carry a red and green fuselage cheetline and the national ‘crossed swords and dagger’ symbol in black on the forward fuselage. The national flag is used as a fin stripe. No service titles are carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All Royal Flight aircraft carry civilian registrations in the A4O-xx or A4O-xxx series.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale AS350 2 2 0 VIP Transport
Airbus A320-233 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Boeing 747-430 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Boeing 747SP-27 2 1 0 VIP Transport
Eurocopter EC225/EC225LP 6 6 0 VIP Transport
Gulfstream IV 2 2 0 VIP Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale SA330J Puma 4 1975 1997 France
Aerospatiale AS332C Super Puma 2 1982 2005 France
Aerospatiale AS332L1 Super Puma 1 1990 2002 France
Aerospatiale AS350 2 2005 current France
Agusta AB212 4 199? 1996 SOAF
Airbus A320-233 1 2005 current France
BAC VC10 1 1974 1987 UK
Boeing 747-430 1 2005 current USA
Boeing 747SP-27 2 1984 current USA
Dassault Falcon 20E 1 1980 1982 France
Eurocopter EC225/EC225LP 4/2 2007 current France
FFA AS.202 Bravo 2 1975 1997 Germany
Gulfstream II 2 1976 1992 USA
Gulfstream IV 2 1992 current USA
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-73CF 1 1981 1993 USA

Aircraft NOT Used

The ‘Dassault Falcon 10’ reportedly used was actually a Dassault Falcon 20E.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Not known.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft were based at Seeb Airport.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are based at Seeb Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

See above.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

To be added

Websites

airliners.net

airliners.net

planepictures.net

planespotters.net

Oman Key Dates

1749    Albusaidi dynasty assumes control of Oman.
1861    Oman becomes a British protectorate.
1951    Muscat and Oman is granted full independence by Britain.
1968    British forces withdraw from the Gulf region.
1970    Ruling Sultan is replaced by his son.
1970    Country renamed Oman.
1975    Dhofar revolt suppressed.
1991    Consultative Council established.
March 1981    Oman is a founder member of Gulf Cooperation Council.
2 August 1990    Iraq invades Kuwait.
1997    Council of State established.

[To be rewritten]