Oman Air, the Sultanate of Oman's flagship carrier, and Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced an order for six Boeing 787-8s at the Dubai Air Show.

In addition to allowing mid-sized airplanes the range of larger jets, the 787 provides airlines with unmatched fuel efficiency, using 20 percent less fuel than similarly sized airplanes.

Oman Air completed an arrangement with Boeing and the Kuwait-based leasing company ALAFCO, to transfer existing orders for the six Dreamliners from ALAFCO.

Boeing and Oman Air share a decade-long partnership and we look forward to opening a new chapter together with the 787 Dreamliner, said Marty Bentrott, Boeing Commercial Airplanes' Vir existing orders for the six Dreamliners from ALAFCO.FCO to Omnampany ALAFCO, to ated,''sce President of Sales for the Middle East, Russia and Central Asia.

We see the 787 as a perfect complement to Oman Air's growing fleet, which will enable them to serve new destinations and enhance customer experience with the world's most advanced passenger jet, added Bentrott.

The key to the exceptional performance of the 787 Dreamliner is a suite of new technologies, including advanced composite materials, systems, aerodynamics and engines. Passengers will also see improvements from the older 787, ranging from interior environments with higher humidity to increased comfort and convenience.

Oman Air has witnessed massive growth since its establishment in 1993 and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East. The airline currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to 41 destinations across the Gulf, the Levant, Europe, East Africa and Asia.

Our decision to order the 787-8 is part of Oman Air's long-term growth strategy to expand and modernize our fleet with newer, more fuel-efficient airplanes, said Peter Hill, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Air.

We see direct benefits because of the Dreamliner's fuel efficiency and operating economics as well as the enhanced travel experience that Oman Air will be able to offer its customers aboard this airplane, said Hill.