Oman Air Announces Plan To Join oneworld Alliance

Oman Air announced its intention to join oneworld alliance and that it is working with Qatar Airways on its application (presumably as a sponsor).

“As the industry recovers from COVID, airline alliances are going to be more important than ever,” the airline said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

“This will provide us with excellent global connectivity, a seamless travel experience and more valuable loyalty offerings for our guests.”

Oman Air was founded in 1993 using a Boeing 737-300 and crew from Ansett Australiato fly from its hub in Muscat. The airline was unsuccessful as a regional carrier and in 2007 the government injected cash and increased its ownership stake fro one-third to 80%. Like the Abu Dhabi government, Oman split from Gulf Airand launched its own services to Europe (London) and Southeast Asia (Bangkok). The government grew its stake in the airline over the next three years to 99.8%.

Oman Air flies to destinations beyond the Mideast such as Bangkok, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur; around 10 destinations in Europe and 17 destinations in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh as well as flights to Northern Africa, within the Gulf region and four destinations inside Oman.

Before the pandemic the airline planned to add 60 destinations and 70 aircraft by 2022. It still plans to grow from 34 to 44 destinations next year.

Despite following Islamic dietary laws with its meals, the carrier does serve alcohol on flights beyond the Mideast (although not on routes to countries where alcohol is prohibited, nor during Ramadan).

The carrier operates both Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 as well as Airbus A330-200 and -300 long haul aircraft, Its short haul routes are serviced by Boeing 737-800, 737-900, and 737 MAX 8 planes.

They offer flat beds in long haul business class and have a first class cabin on Airbus A330-300 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Credit: Oman Air

Oman Air’s frequent flyer program is the Sindbad Club and they’ve occasionally been known to status match. However doing so now likely would be far too soon to enjoy oneworld elite status – the process of joining, if approved, normally takes at least a year and a half.

I’d find myself most likely to use Oman Air when visiting two Alila Hotels (Hyatt) properties: Alila Jabal Akhdar and Alila Hinu Bay that I’ve had my eye on.

(HT: @JournoDannyAero)

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  1. This would be excellent news if AA flyers had an easier way to get to Muscat to be able to use Oman’s network for connections. Without that its a bit like Sri Lankan or Malaysian . . . of limited use to US travelers because the hubs aren’t easily reachable without circuitous routes. I know there was some discussion Oman opening a JFK route before Covid, but that never happened and now seems unlikely to (would happy to be wrong about that).

  2. My way to/from MCT using Oneworld airlines usually has involved Qatar Airways, and likely it will remain that way for me even after WY becomes part of Oneworld.

  3. Hope they do well. It’s a peaceful, friendly and rather beautiful country that has navigated the problems in that part of the world with intelligence and care. I thoroughly enjoyed a day in Muscat and the hills beyond when my ship stopped there early last year. (Later was in Salalah when my Qatar flight from Cape Town had to make an emergency landing.)

  4. Exciting news! Since LATAM left OneWorld they have been on a tear! First Royal Air Moroc, then Alaska Airways, and now Oman Air! Keep filling up the global map OneWorld and I’ll keep using your airlines exclusively to fill out my passport!

  5. So AA and Doug Parker are going to partner with an airline from a country where LGBTQ+ is prohibited by law and punishable with imprisonment? A country that doesn’t allow free and fair elections or voter registration? Where women do not enjoy equal rights? Not very woke, that. #silenceisviolence

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