According to various reports, Oman Air have decided they wish to join the oneworld alliance. This will add a fantastic boutique airline to the alliance, which should be very good.
Oman Air also operates a first class cabin, and the more airlines with first class, the better. It makes for exciting mileage redemptions for frequent flyers for one thing!
Who Are Oman Air?
Based in Muscat, Oman Air was founded in 1993 and operates a fleet of Airbus A330s, Boeing 787s and Boeing 737s. In addition to first class, the most modern of which is on their Boeing 787-9s, they also operate business class and economy class.
Business class seats are the Apex Suite, which you can also find on other airlines such as Gulf Air, Japan Airlines and Korean Air. These are very highly regarded as some of the nicest in the world. I’ve yet to experience them myself though!
Despite being a smaller airline, they do have a decent route network. While there is no route map on their website, they list London, Manchester, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Istanbul, Moscow, Milan, Athens and Paris in Europe alone.
They also service India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, as well as, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar. In fact, they have asked Qatar Airways to assist them with joining the alliance, who will presumably become their sponsor.
Joining an alliance usually takes at least 18 months, so Oman Air won’t be joining anytime soon. The only airline that has ever joined oneworld quickly is Alaska Airlines, so perhaps Oman Air might tap into their methods.
Even so, if it comes about, it will be another great addition to the alliance. I’ve only read good things about Oman Air, so here’s hoping it all goes well and they become the next member.
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I found an Oman Air route map:
Oman Air Seeks To Join The oneworld Alliance – Simple Flying
Scroll down a bit. It’s small but gives a good idea of what they would add to oneworld.
Hope you don’t mind me posting a link to another site! Anyway, looks like a nice add for the alliance.
Yes, I could have made the route map as well, you can do it quite easily in Great Circle Mapper 🙂 Thanks for the tip. I generally dislike Simple Flying as I have often seen me publish an aviation article, then two days later their own version of it on their site, though to be fair I do recall at least one credit. They tend to make factual errors all the time too. For example, in the one you linked, they reference Royal Air Maroc planning to join oneworld. Well, they joined a while back now, the memo doesn’t seem… Read more »
I refer to them as Simple Minds, no offense to the 80’s band of the same name.