Oman Air appoints Mike Duggan as new head of cargo

Mike Duggan

Oman Air has appointed Mike Duggan as its new head of cargo, marking a significant step in the airline’s efforts to restructure and optimise its fleet. Duggan, who was recently seen representing Oman Air at Air Cargo China in Shanghai, brings a wealth of experience to the role. His extensive career includes positions with Emirates, HAE, Southern Air, Transmile, and Saudia Cargo.

This appointment comes at a pivotal time for Oman Air, which is undergoing significant changes. The airline has retired its A330 aircraft, as reported by CH Aviation, and currently operates a fleet that includes eight 787s and 23 737s, one of which is a dedicated freighter. These changes are part of a broader reorganisation strategy aimed at addressing financial challenges faced by the carrier.

In response to mounting debts and financial losses, the Omani government initiated a comprehensive restructuring of Oman Air last year. This overhaul encompasses various aspects of the airline’s operations, including its fleet, network, schedules, and workforce. As part of this strategy, the airline has already cut several routes, including those to Chittagong and Colombo.

Duggan’s expertise is expected to be crucial in overseeing a thorough review of the airline’s cargo operations. His previous experience includes leading Eastern Airlines’ transition to cargo operations during the pandemic by semi-converting 777s, although this initiative waned as the market for freight diminished.