Former Gold Medal Travel boss Wayne Pearce has been named as CEO of Oman Air.

Pearce, who also held senior positions at Qantas, started this week.

He said: “I look forward to helping the company both prosper and grow, as well as playing a strong role in the development of Oman’s travel and tourism industry.

“Oman Air has achieved enormous progress in recent years and has emerged as one of the world’s leading luxury airlines. It will be a pleasure to work with Oman Air’s board of directors and the talented and committed staff of the company to build on that position and ensure that Oman Air is recognised as the world-class carrier of choice for travel to and from Oman.”

Oman Air chairman Darwish Bin Ismail Bin Ali Al Bulushi said: “I am extremely pleased to welcome Wayne Pearce to Oman Air.

“We are confident that his experience and expertise will enable the airline to reach even greater heights of excellence and confirm it as one of the leading airlines in the region and beyond.”

The airline has orders for six Boeing 787 Dreamliners due for delivery from 2015 and currently runs a fleet of four Airbus A330-200s, three Airbus A330-300s, 15 Boeing 737-700s/800s, two Embraer E175s and two ATR 42s. Two further Embraer E175s are on order, with an option of a further five.