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Uniquely Boutique: Oman Air Business Class To BKK  
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:





I N T R O D U C T I O N
Brand-spanking new A330’s, a couch in First Class, a 1-2-1 configuration in Business Class, and OnAir in-flight WiFi connectivity; these are the sounds of Oman Air’s thundering beat. A beat that would normally make headlines, and create worldwide marketing campaigns somehow seems to gain little interest at Oman Air’s turn. “Not another Gulf airline” we may say, and rightfully so, as we are a tad spoiled for choice with the current selection.

In reality, it was Peter Hill, the airline’s front man, who really caught my attention. The very same Emirates recruit that headed SriLankan Airlines, assumed his CEO role with the Omani National Carrier right after the EK/UL feud. It is no wonder why the Sri Lankan government had initially refused to grant Oman Air traffic rights reciprocal to those that SriLankan Airlines is currently exercising at Muscat. All drama aside, if Hill managed to turn SriLankan around, he can probably do much more at his current job.

Many will continue to question any rationale behind Oman Air’s plans in relation to its larger neighboring rivals. But what we fail to see is that the three largest Gulf Carriers hardly cater to their respective point-to-point markets. Oman Air on the other hand, wants to do just that.

“Oman Air is better to remain as a unique boutique airline rather than compete with Emirates and Company,” Hill stated, as he confirmed the airline’s intentions were to operate up to a maximum of 50 aircraft, primarily focusing on Oman’s point-to-point traffic.

Clearly this is no weakness. Oman Air is making some noise, and it isn’t meant for you nor I, but primarily for the community of Oman.



“When you are at the back of the queue, you can offer more than what the others do”
Peter Hill, Air Transport World – March 15th 2010



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A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
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User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:





WELCOME TO MY 22nd TRIP REPORT
This TR will cover the following sectors on Oman Air in Business Class:

A) Dubai – Muscat (B738)
B) Muscat – Bangkok (A332)



B A C K G R O U N D
This Trip Report comes as the first part of several that will document my trips to and within Asia. Simply put, I had a holiday and it was time to fly.

Flight and airline selection was based on mileage accrual possibilities on airlines I haven’t flown with before. With Etihad Guest, I have access to a range of ‘new’ airlines, and one of which is Oman Air. This option became very interesting to me after the airline’s recent humble attempts at creating a big spectacle.

With that thought in mind, the next step was to go fare-searching on www.omanair.aero. The website itself wasn’t the most modern of all, and the background information is in a desperate need of an update. Yet at the same time, it offered a seamless experience in searching for flights, fares, and making bookings, all within a few steps. More importantly however, Oman Air was offering a bargain for Business Class flights to Bangkok. So the excitement kicked in as all additional research was put to a hault; Oman Air it is!



O R I G I N
I was in Abu Dhabi spending the day with family, before heading back to Dubai to drop a few things off at my apartment. I was all packed and ready to go, and was waiting for a taxi outside the entrance to my building at 5:30pm.



Clear view outside the entrance to my building





A taxi arrived at 5:45pm, and I was eventually on my way to the airport. After a quick 15 minute ride, I was dropped off at the departures curbside of Terminal 1 at Dubai International Airport.



DXB terminal 1 curbside





Not much passenger movement was happening at this time of the evening, which made the experience of traveling through this airport quite easy so far. The main activity that was happening was due to some flights bound for the Indian Subcontinent but even that wasn’t as dramatic as the norm.

After a quick smoke outside, I proceeded inside the terminal building and to Oman Air’s check-in counters which are located in Area A, alongside those for Turkish Airlines, Mahan Air, China Southern, and Air Astana.



Pleasantly quiet during off-peak times at DXB



FIDS: Notice the new MU service to Kunming



Proceeding through departures area A towards Oman Air’s check-in counters





After the normal pre-check-in security screening, I arrived at the Oman Air counters at 6:20pm. One counter was dedicated to Business Class, while two others were for Economy Class. Only one person was ahead of me at the Business Class section, and soon enough, it was my turn to check-in.



Oman Air check-in counters at DXB







A very professional, and polite DNATA agent from the Gulf (presumably Bahrain) was behind the Business Class check-in counter. Within five minutes, he confirmed my pre-selected seats, checked my passport, issued my boarding and lounge cards, and tagged my suitcase all the way through to Bangkok. Following my recent AirAsia trip a few months back, I felt I was back home again after holding real boarding cards instead of grocery store receipts.



Boarding pass to Muscat



Lounge Card





Immigration and security were hassle-free and nothing out of the ordinary. After the usual checks, I was airside at 6:35pm. Following the long trek of moving walkways, I arrived at the Duty Free area of the main terminal building at 6:45pm. First thing’s first, I proceeded directly to the lounge for a quick visit.

Oman Air premium passengers are entitled to use Gulf Air’s First & Business Class lounge which is located next to Gate 122 at DXB. As it was a new lounge for me, it was not to be missed this time.



Signage leading me towards the Gulf Air lounge



I love those artificial palm trees for some reason!



Entrance to the lounge



Lounge signage





A very friendly Eastern European lady dressed in Gulf Air’s uniform greeted me at the entrance. After handing her my lounge card, she took a quick look at my boarding pass and welcomed me inside.

The subtle earth tones that created a very calm atmosphere within the rather intimate space of the lounge really impressed me. As small as it may be, the seating is set up in a way where you will feel comfortably unthreatened by any proximity of your neighbors. Most of the lounge occupants were quietly seated typing away their on their laptops, while I headed towards the buffet spread.



Seating area at the Gulf Air louge



Arabic-themed private seating





The buffet spread was quite adequate, and in fact it served more than the requirement for short-haul regional flights. Several hot and cold items were on offer including Arabic mezzeh items, shawarma, mini sandwiches, biryani, and curry amongst others.



Food & Beverage offering at the lounge









I settled for a huge cup of espresso and two skewers of fruit





At 7:15pm, I left the lounge to head towards the gate. As I was walking towards the exit, I spotted the Oman Air aircraft taxiing to the nearby gate, after its arrival from Muscat. I must admit, the new livery on these airplanes is in fact very attractive.



FIDS spotted on my way to the gate





After my pre-flight smoke, I arrived at Gate 120 at 7:25pm. Approaching the podium, the agent quickly checked my documents, and tore my boarding pass stub before allowing me to proceed inside the holding area.



Very small queue at Gate 120



Inside the holding area at 7:30pm





At 7:45pm, boarding was announced in row numbers for Economy Class, and ‘as you wish’ for Business Class. Cutting through the small Economy queue, I proceeded towards the gate, and through the aerobridge, before arriving at Door 1L of the aircraft. At the door, I was greeted by the purser herself, alongside Djoanna from the Philippines.

“Good evening sir, welcome on board”


By 7:50am I was on board.



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A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

FIRST SECTOR
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Oman Air Flight Information:

SCR
/WY/09MAR
W09
09MAR
DXB
KWY612 25OCT27MAR 1234567 156738 DXBDXB2015 2125MCTMCT J
GI BRGDS

Actual Departure Time: 20:05 (Pushback)
Actual Arrival Time: 21:00 (Touchdown)

Registration: A4O-BE
Condition: 0.75 years old, leased from ILFC, and delivered to Oman Air in June 2009

Remarks: NIL

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When traveling premium, I always prefer to board the aircraft with the Economy Class passengers, for the obvious reason of having the liberty to raid the cabin with pictures before the other premiums start to flow in. The same was the case for this flight.



The seat







In a very sharp design, the cabin was typically small with 12 pairs of navy blue leather seats, each of which had a white pillow neatly placed over the seatbelts. A traditional touch was incorporated with the addition of the Omani ‘Khanjar’ patterned into the bulkhead. All in all, the perfectly comfortable ambience for such a short flight; any more than this I would think to be overkill for a narrowbody. The seat itself was roomy and comfortable, and offered decent legroom for this short hop.



The Omani Khanjar on the bulkhead



The seat next to mine





After snapping the last picture above, I looked away from my camera to find the purser standing by my seat with a concerned smile.

“Sir, you do know that no pictures are allowed inside the cabin?”
“Sorry about that, no more pictures then”
“Thank you for your support”



Of course, all confidence from this point forward went tumbling down. Even the alien with his big black camera found his own camera rather alien-ish at this point. But the other side of my brain kept signaling reminders that I am on Oman Air; I must continue! Decisions decisions decisions!



And so I continued, albeit very discreetly





Pre-takeoff service commenced shortly after the rest of the Business Class passengers began making their way on board. Djoanna appeared by my seat with a tray of towels.

“Excuse me sir, would you like a hot or cold towel?”
“I’ll go for the hot towel please”
“Just be careful sir, as it is quite hot”

This was quickly followed by welcome drinks. Water, lemon, and orange juices were on offer, in which I selected the lemon.



Lemon juice





At 8pm, the purser made the usual departure announcement, and informed us that our flight time to Muscat was a cute 45 minute hop. What I really respected was the announcements were predominantly in Arabic, where the English version was less detailed. This should be expected from an Arab airline, yet doesn’t seem to be the norm with the likes of Etihad and especially Emirates. Doors were closed immediately after the announcement, and 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time; very impressive so far!

Djoanna then reappeared in the cabin serving Arabic coffee, and following her was another crew from the Indian Subcontinent with a tray of dates. I passed on the dates but I went for the coffee.



Arabic coffee



Cabin shot before pushback





The cabin crew were asked to take their positions on the aisle for the safety demonstration. Even that had a unique touch to it, where the crew first manually demonstrate the exit door locations on the aircraft, before running the safety video on the overhead screens.

Pushback occurred at 8:05pm, and around the same time Djoanna began taking meal orders from the passengers. At me and seatmate’s turn, she kneeled down on the floor to make easy contact with us.

“Excuse me, did anyone order the Hindu Meal?”
“Yes I did”
“Certainly sir, I just wanted to confirm that it has been loaded on board”
“Thank you”
“Would you like anything to drink with that?”
“A glass of water please”

Ok, I will explain why the Hindu meal! I was traveling during the Lent period, and this year I chose to fast for the entire 45 days before Easter. During this time, I had given up all dairy products and meats (except seafood). When choosing a special meal at the time of booking, I could not find any vegan-type to select, so I chose the Hindu Meal thinking that I would get a tasty Indian vegetarian meal that I normally would choose from the menu anyways.



Djoanna taking dinner orders





At 8:20pm we lined up at the runway and were immediately cleared for takeoff. Our small B738 was rather powerful as she roared, rumbled and lifted off very quickly. Only a few minutes later, the seatbelt sign was switched off to give time for a quick service to be conducted. We hadn’t reached cruising altitude, and I didn’t think we even had time to, but it was safe enough to maneuver around the cabin at that time.



Literature





The purser passed around with table linens, and of course I had to innocently look like I had even forgotten how to take pictures altogether. As soon as my table was dressed, Djoanna brought my meal tray from the galley.

My meal tray was neatly presented and consisted of a cup of water, a cup of fruit, and a main course of grilled chicken, an egg quiche, and a vegetable samosa.

“Enjoy your meal sir”



My Hindu Meal









I was expecting some dairy products in my meal, but I had completely forgotten that a Hindu meal actually can include chicken, or rather anything other than beef. Apart from the fruit cup, all I could eat from the main course was the vegetable samosa, and it was very tasty!

It didn’t take too long for me to finish, and once I did, my table was cleared.

At 8:45pm local time in Oman, the seatbelt sign was switched on again; this was only twenty minutes after takeoff. The purser made an announcement to inform us that we had begun our descent towards Muscat International Airport.



Cabin before landing





After making their final preparations before landing, the cabin crew quickly took their seats before the aircraft touched down at MCT at 9pm. Arriving 25 minutes ahead of schedule for such a short flight is really impressive, and I hope that Oman Air maintains this type of punctuality; something that is almost unheard of elsewhere.

As with other airports in the Gulf region, the time we had arrived was the beginning of the peak hours at Muscat. Apart from the usual Oman Air activity, the usual European widebodies were making their way one by one from their respective European hubs, all via Abu Dhabi, apart from SWISS.

We docked at a remote stand, as there are no aerobridges at Muscat. I wanted to take pictures, but I decided to stow away my camera instead, until I arrived at the main terminal building. Let’s not get into trouble again!

Thanking the crew for a great flight, I proceeded down the steps and into the bus where we were driven to the main terminal hall. Proceeding through the transit area, the security officer checked my documents before allowing me to proceed through security. After my bags were checked, I was at the airside departures area at MCT in no time.



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A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

T R A N S I T



Boarding pass to Bangkok





By 9:15pm I passed through security and was in the departures hall of Muscat International Airport. The airport may be a tad outdated in terms of design, but its humbleness is what makes it quite charming. Small and clean, the airport is quite user-friendly and features ample seating area, a small duty free shop, food and beverage outlets, and even a Plaza Premium Lounge, which is the first outsourced premium lounge facility I have come to know about at a GCC airport. One drawback with the airport was the older generation flight announcement system which kept running non-stop as it repeatedly announced flight after flight.



MCT main departures hall



F&B outlets



Ample seating area



FIDS



Very clean!







Plaza Premium Lounge





Another drawback was the lack of airport staff available at the terminal. No one was at the information booth when I wanted to ask for the location of the Oman Air lounge. I did manage to eventually find an Oman Air ground staff who turned out to be extremely rude. He didn’t even look me in the eye when I asked him, and instead he pointed towards the direction of the lounge while he continued to do whatever it was he was doing.



Oman Air Lounge





At the lounge reception, an unbothered WY agent checked my boarding pass before letting me proceed inside. At first sight, I thought the lounge was absolutely horrid. The abundance of fake wood design and the pitch black couches made it seem more like an upscale carpentry rather than an airline lounge. But however, once you make yourself comfortable, the lounge turns out to be rather homey. I actually loved it in the end.



Lounge interior









Food offering at the lounge was quite limited in comparison with Gulf Air’s lounge at DXB. It was a mixture between cold and hot finger foods, salads, cakes, and fruit. Nothing seemed vegan, so I decided to pass on the eating.



Food offering at the lounge







At 10:15pm I left the lounge for another walk-around before heading to the gate.



More terminal pictures









Muscat offers excellent spotting opportunities, but during the day



At 11:30pm I headed towards Gate 23





Gate 23







While I was queuing at the gate, a passenger had approached the podium to enquire if this was the gate for his flight. Instead of kindly pointing the poor man in the right direction, the extremely rude Oman Air ground staff shouted at him with his very loudest!

“BANGKOK, BANGKOK, DON’T YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS BANGKOK?”
“YALLA GO! NOT HERE!”

One thing is for sure, and that is Oman Air needs to drastically improve its offering on the ground. From my experience and from what I have seen to date, they have a lot to work on if they plan to align their ground offering to that of their excellent in-flight product.

Approaching the podium, the agent tore off my boarding pass and handed me back my stub. At 11:35pm I was inside the semi-crowded holding area.



Inside the holding area





The usual Bangkok flight type of passenger mix was at the holding area. From Gulf nationals who couldn’t wait to get to Bangkok, to Thai laborers, Oman Air cabin crew going back home during a few days off between flights, and a.net trip reporter me! The flight was looking to be full-ish in Economy.

At 11:45pm the doors leading to the bus outside were opened, and everyone flocked to the agent standing at the exit. There were no announcements made and it was free for all. As such, I joined the crowd to get on the bus.

Being the last to board the bus, we left seconds after and by 11:55pm we arrived at the aircraft. She was gorgeous, and it was like love at first sight! Too bad I didn’t take any pictures of her.

Walking up the steps, I arrived at Door 2L, where I was greeted by two gorgeous ladies dressed in yet an even nicer version of your typical GCC-airline uniform.

“Mr. Hawi, welcome on board, you have the last window seat in the cabin, right this way”
“Thank you”
“My pleasure”

By 12am I was on board….and I was instantly taken to an entirely new dimension of flight.



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A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

SECOND SECTOR
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Oman Air Flight Information:

SCR
/WY/10MAR
W09
10MAR
MCT
KWY885 25OCT27MAR 0004067 216332 MCTMCT0035 0910BKKBKK J
GI BRGDS

Actual Departure Time: 00:40 (Pushback)
Actual Arrival Time: 09:10 (Touchdown)

Registration: A4O-DC
Condition: 0.4 years old, delivered to Oman Air in October 2009

Remarks: NIL

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I was instantly taken away by the pleasantly saturated afternoon hue of the mood-lighting in the cabin. Perfectly blended with the deep brown tones of Business Class, the entire ambience was rather seductive. Oman Air has something to show, and they were in FULL swing on this flight.



The cabin





The seat





The seat is huge, and extremely comfortable. Exceeding a countless number of airlines’ First Class offering, it would be ultimately strange to find any flaw in this Business Class seat.

A large pillow is placed on each seat over the seatbelts, while an actual comforter, rather than a linen blanket, is placed under the ‘footstool’. Unlike other airlines that chose to forego storage space for additional seat amenities, Oman Air has addressed this by installing personal storage compartments located on the side of the window seats, similar to those on the upper decks of 747’s and A380’s. Of course they can, they’ve removed a seat from each row in Business Class!



Leg space



Personal storage compartment



Very very nice!





Hardeep, from India, was my first interaction with the crew after boarding. Approaching my seat only moments after I settled in, she was looking smart, fresh, and ready to work. With her blue veil-like material swaying to her flows of movement, she arrived at my seat with nothing but a welcoming smile.

“Hi sir welcome on board. Can I get you anything to drink?”
“May I have an orange juice please?”
“Certainly”



My orange juice came with a hot towel



Passengers continued to board while I sipped on my OJ







After the last few passengers had boarded, the ground staff deplaned and the doors were immediately closed at 12:25am. This was followed by an announcement by our Omani purser who welcomed us on board, and informed us that our flight time to Bangkok was 5 hours and 20 minutes.

Oman Air’s boarding procedure seemed quite unique. It seemed that to the best of abilities, the doors are closed at least ten or so minutes prior to the scheduled departure time, whereby all preparations and pre-takeoff services are conducted while the aircraft is still idle hence, ensuring an on-time departure at time of pushback. Perhaps this would change as they improve on their loads, but for now I could sit back and enjoy this great experience!



Headsets were distributed





Another cabin crew, presumably from the Middle East, appeared from the galley with amenity kits and menus.

“This amenity kit is for you”
“Thanks”



Amenity kit





Kneeling down on the floor, she then proceeded to open my menu and go through the meal service with me.

“Sir this is your menu for the flight”
“We are serving supper after takeoff, and breakfast before landing in Bangkok”
“If you wish to sleep longer, please feel free to fill this form out for an express breakfast”
“Thank you”
“Most welcome, would you care to see the wine list?”
“Yes please”

The selection listed in the menu was unbelievable, and not even Etihad’s offering on the JFK flight remotely matches it. There was a dedicated a la carte option, in addition to a Mediterranean style set menu for each meal service. And it doesn’t end here; there were also two options for each set menu where you could choose either the standard of the vegetarian cuisine!

Proper Arabic cuisine offered on an Arab airline; definitely got my vote!



Menu cover



Al la carte selection for Supper



Set menu choices for Supper



Breakfast al la carte



Set menu choices for Breakfast



Tea & Coffee selection



Arabic intro



Wine list











Arabic coffee (and dates) were offered





As on the previous flight, the cabin crew were asked to assume their positions across the aisle for an exit door location demo, which was then followed by the safety video. While we were still idle, the engines had powered on and were spooling in preparation for the upcoming flight. At 12:40am, the aircraft left the remote stand, and we began our taxi to the runway.



Cabin during taxi



Chilling out before takeoff





Meal & drink orders were taken before takeoff





“Can I get you anything to drink after takeoff?”
“I'll have a Bloody Mary please”
“Certainly”
“Sir, I just wanted to confirm your order for a vegetarian meal”
“Yes, but would it be possible to choose the vegetarian option from the menu instead?”
“Let me check the catering that was loaded on board and I will get back to you”



Rumbling down the runway, A4O-DC took off at 12:45am, and we began our boutique-hall flight to Bangkok. I have always been a fan of the ground-hugging slow climb of the A340, but the rather powerful lift of this A330 can definitely wow me each time as well.



Lights out during climb



Seatbelt sign off, cabin lights on, and crew began service





“Sir, we have your choices available on board”
“Which vegetarian choice would you like to have? The Western or the Mediterranean cuisine?”
“Mediterranean please”

The purser then appeared by my side of the cabin and personally introduced himself in Arabic (narration translated in English).

“Welcome on board sir, my name is Mazen”
“Nice to meet you Mazen”
“It is my pleasure. Is everything alright so far? Are the girls taking care of you?”
“Yes, everything is fantastic, thank you very much”
“Please let us know if you need anything”
“Thank you”
“Most welcome.I'd like to offer you this pyjama for your use during the flight”



Pyjamas offered for a 5 hour flight!





Just like Etihad and Qatar Airways, Oman Air has also adopted the same individualized inflight service. Presumably, the same consultant that was first used by QR, then EY, was also used for WY.

An individualized service can be quite the challenge for the crew, all to the point that 'Inspired Service' on Etihad is internally dubbed as 'Expired Service' behind the scenes in the galley. But things seemed more relaxed on Oman Air. Service was top-notch, and the crew smooth sailing, at least to the eye of the passenger.

It amazes me how all the Gulf Carriers blatantly try to outdo each other. First we had Emirates, then Qatar Airways who seemingly follows their every footstep. Etihad jumped in after learning from the mistakes of Emirates, and now Oman Air, whose closest I can relate to is Etihad, now seems to perfect what Etihad has failed to achieve. Chill out people! it's not the end of the world just yet!



Introducing the Oman Air Bloody Mary!





The Bloody Mary did the job but was not the best tasting one I have had on board. I was quite hungry at the time and even a drink like this was food for me, which probably explained why I was feeling buzz-ish after speed-sipping the entire drink within minutes.

After my empty glass was cleared, my table was set immediately afterwards. This one-course supper service included saffron rice, vegetable saloona, and a lentil stew each placed in a set of three bowls. Other items on my table included a large plate, salt & pepper shakers, silverware & napkin, and a glass of water. Everything was seriously first class!



Meal setting



Saffron rice



Vegetable saloona



Lentil stew





The rice was very fragrant and not oily, the vegetables were perfectly cooked and went really well with the rice. The lentil stew had fresh curry leaves in it and that is always a taste-bud teaser. All in all, it was one excellent meal. Well done on Oman Air's part!

Once finished I was offered some fruit for dessert in which I declined. My table was then immediately cleared away.

“Will you be joining us for breakfast?”
“Yes please”

Fetching the menu from the galley, Hardeep returned back to my seat and kneeled down on the floor again.

“Sir will you be having the express or the full breakfast?
“Full breakfast please, and i'd like to have the Mediterranean option”
“Certainly, and can I get you any fruit and some juice with that?”
“Yes please, some fruit and Orange Juice”
“What about some coffee or tea?”
“May I have a cup of espresso?”
“Certainly, I will be serving your breakfast in a few hours”

After my breakfast order was taken, it was time to explore the wonders of my seat. There really wasn't much that the seat did not offer; from power ports, telephone, to data/media connections, it was all there.



Seat controls



Telephone & IFE control



Electronics section



Literature rack



Table



I made my own bed, now I have to lie in it!



Cuddled up under my duvet





While horizontal on my comfortably spacious bed, I decided to play around with the IFE. By the time I was flying Oman Air, the airline had introduced OnAir WiFi connectivity on board. Unfortunately however, this was only available on one A330-300 (A4O-DB) at the time. Nevertheless, the IFE still had a great choice of movies, shows, and games on offer, From Hollywood to Bollywood, and even an extensive choice of Arabic varieties, Oman Air has really done well with their IFE. The nicest feature was the availability of certain live television broadcasting from stations such as Al Jazeera and BBC, but that too, was seemingly not available on my flight.

Finally, future plans for the IFE were to include the in-flight menu, and the ability to order Duty Free from your screen. The interface was already loaded onto the system, but at the time it was still listed as 'Coming Soon'.



Moving map





IFE interface



Live television broadcasting



I settled for King of Queens




Falling asleep somewhere during the middle of the King of Queens episode, I was only woken up an hour or so later by the cabin crew who was ready to set my table for breakfast. So soon I thought, and it was time for another full meal!



Service commenced with hot towels





My table was then set with the regular meal-wares in addition to the Arabic Mezzeh starter, in a similar manner to that during the Supper service. The mezzeh platter included tabouleh, moutabbal, shanklish, cheese sambousek, and spinach pastry. I was also offered a selection from the bread basket, and I decided to budge a little on the fasting, and have some muffins.



Breakfast



Muffins



Fruit



Tabouleh



Moutabbal



Shanklish



Cheese sambousek & spinach pastry





The mezzeh platter was excellent, and so were the pastries and muffins, although they weren’t heated properly. The fruit was cold and energizing, and just the way it is meant to be. A great breakfast starter all in all, that was annihilated rather quickly. Once I was through, my empty plates were cleared and replaced with yet a similar setting for the main course. This included egg shashouka, grilled halloumi cheese, and foul medammes; all were of high quality and taste!



Main course





Espresso cup



Egg shashouka



Foul medammes



AMAZING grilled halloumi





As I was finishing off my breakfast, I noticed Mazen in the aisle speaking with the passengers.

“How is everything so far? I hope that you have enjoyed your breakfast”
“Everything is excellent, thanks”
“That is a very nice camera you got, is it a 50D?”
“Yes it is!”
“So you are a photographer then? Or just a hobby?”
“Just a hobby, and definitely not a photographer .. you?”
“I am still learning, but I recently bought a 1000D”

After the quick chat, Mazen cleared my table and returned to the galley for final preparations.



My seat after 4 hours in-flight





Cabin after the breakfast service





At 8:40am Thailand local time, the seatbelt sign was switched on. This was shortly followed by an announcement by our captain to inform us that we had begun our initial descent towards Suvarnabhumi International Airport (he even pronounced it correctly!), and that our expected time of arrival was to be 9:15am.

During our descent, headsets were collected, and the crew made their final preparations before landing.



One final cabin shot



Even my camera had her own suite on board!





To conclude this wonderful experience, Mazen passed around the cabin handing out gifts to all Business Class passengers.

“Mr. Hawi, I would like to thank you for flying with Oman Air today”
“The pleasure is mine”
“Please accept this gift from all of us”



A ceramic candle cum Arabic coffee cup!





D E S T I N A T I O N
At exactly 9:10am, we touched down at ‘Suwanapoom’ bringing my Oman Air experience to a sad but sweet ending.

As we taxied to the gate, I looked outside the window in anticipation of a morning peak at BKK, but apart from the usual underutilized TG A340’s that were ornamentally scattered, I failed to see much. In fact, I have never experienced BKK to be too congested; passenger or movement-wise. Perhaps it is because the activity is spread across a huge land mass? I would assume this airport to have the most exotic selection of airlines, yet it seems quite challenging to find them all there in one go.

Docking at the gate, the aircraft powered out, and the seatbelt sign was switched off. After gathering my belongings, I deplaned after thanking the crew for their outstanding efforts.

C O N C L U S I O N
I had expected great hardware on Oman Air; that’s for sure. But what I was also expecting was a patchy set of crew who were yet to adapt to this new service, which I am assuming was only launched a few months prior. This was not the case, and everything seemed absolutely flawless.

It would be an enticing idea if Oman Air really wants to remain uniquely boutique but I believe that this has yet to be seen. Etihad made this claim back in the day, and now they seem to only want to be ‘The Best’ in the world. I wouldn’t be surprised if Oman Air decides to join the crowd!

Moreover, the abundance of all the best of frills seems to be a rather huge investment and without any improvement in loads, and more importantly yields, it is even senseless for the richest of airlines to maintain. The natural cycle of life only tells me that cut-backs to reality will more than likely happen. But I would love to be proven wrong!

Having said all that, I definitely experienced exceptional service that is even better than that of my favorite Gulf airline. I thought that we really have seen it all, but now there is Oman Air! They are really something!



Goodies




This concludes my Trip Report. I hope that you have enjoyed it; your comments are always welcome!

Regards,
Roni



E Q U I P M E N T
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Canon 50D

Lenses:
- Canon 15mm Fisheye
- Canon 18-55mm


PREVIOUS WORK
In A Blink Of An Eye: AirAsia X’s A340 At AUH (by ronerone Feb 20 2010 in Trip Reports)
SriLankan Airlines: The Treasure Of Serendib! (by Ronerone Jan 9 2010 in Trip Reports)
Beijing Swire!: Cathay Pacific & Dragonair DXB-PEK (by Ronerone Dec 11 2009 in Trip Reports)
OpenSkies From British Airways: A New Era's End? (by Ronerone Oct 14 2009 in Trip Reports)
Revealing An Underdog: Royal Brunei Business Class (by Ronerone Sep 3 2009 in Trip Reports)
The Singapore Airlines Cliché (by Ronerone Jul 27 2009 in Trip Reports)
A380: Qantas Proper To SIN City (by Ronerone Jul 6 2009 in Trip Reports)
Welcome To Terminal 3: Etihad Airways AUH-SYD (by Ronerone Jul 6 2009 in Trip Reports)
5th Freedom Of The Air: Kenya Airways HKG-BKK-HKG (by Ronerone Mar 31 2009 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Pacific: First Class On The Legacy Milk-Run (by Ronerone Jan 26 2009 in Trip Reports)
Inspirations On A Narrowbody: Etihad To Amman (by Ronerone Nov 28 2008 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Boleh!: On The Malaysian Airline System (by Ronerone Oct 28 2008 in Trip Reports)
Pearls & Diamonds: Inspired By Etihad Airways (by Ronerone Sep 12 2008 in Trip Reports)
The Future Has Arrived: EK A380 Inaugural Flights (by Ronerone Aug 4 2008 in Trip Reports)
Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui (by Ronerone May 23 2008 in Trip Reports)
This Is Royal Jordanian! (by Ronerone Apr 12 2008 in Trip Reports)
Ultra-Competitive, Ultra-Long Haul: EY Vs EK (by Ronerone Mar 21 2008 in Trip Reports)
Suvarnabhumi, The Etihad Way! (by Ronerone Jan 18 2008 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Delight: A Trip To Asia's World City (by Ronerone Oct 5 2007 in Trip Reports)
Etihad: Pearl 2 AMM, Coral Right Back Pt 2 PixVidz (by Ronerone Jul 5 2007 in Trip Reports)
Etihad: Pearl 2 AMM, Coral Right Back Pt 1 PixVids (by Ronerone Jul 4 2007 in Trip Reports)
CX: JFK-HKG-DXB In Y A346/772 (Lots Of Pics/Vids) (by Ronerone Aug 28 2006 in Trip Reports)


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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Roni,

excellent report with stunning pictures - your reviews belong to the best, no doubts about that. I had been eagerly waiting for this report since you told me that you had tried Oman Air, too.

The Business Class product is very impressive - the seats, the choice of colors, the catering, everything looks fine.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
%u201CWhen you are at the back of the queue, you can offer more than what the others do%u201D
Peter Hill, Air Transport World %u2013 March 15th 2010

Interesting statement.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
%u201CSir, you do know that no pictures are allowed inside the cabin?%u201D
%u201CSorry about that, no more pictures then%u201D
%u201CThank you for your support%u201D

What? Quite odd. Nobody seemed to care about me taking pictures on both flights.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
I wanted to take pictures, but I decided to stow away my camera instead, until I arrived at the main terminal building. Let%u2019s not get into trouble again!

I took many pictures during disembarking and boarding, again nobody seemed to care about that.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
I did manage to eventually find an Oman Air ground staff who turned out to be extremely rude. He didn%u2019t even look me in the eye when I asked him, and instead he pointed towards the direction of the lounge while he continued to do whatever it was he was doing.
Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
While I was queuing at the gate, a passenger had approached the podium to enquire if this was the gate for his flight. Instead of kindly pointing the poor man in the right direction, the extremely rude Oman Air ground staff shouted at him with his very loudest!

%u201CBANGKOK, BANGKOK, DON%u2019T YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS BANGKOK?%u201D
%u201CYALLA GO! NOT HERE!%u201D

One thing is for sure, and that is Oman Air needs to drastically improve its offering on the ground. From my experience and from what I have seen to date, they have a lot to work on if they plan to align their ground offering to that of their excellent in-flight product.

Quite shocking - all the ground staff members I met were friendly and helpful.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
The selection listed in the menu was unbelievable, and not even Etihad’s offering on the JFK flight remotely matches it. There was a dedicated a la carte option, in addition to a Mediterranean style set menu for each meal service. And it doesn’t end here; there were also two options for each set menu where you could choose either the standard of the vegetarian cuisine!

Very impressive! That airline really likes to feed its passengers.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
Unfortunately however, this was only available on one A330-300 (A4O-DB) at the time.

Odd. According to their ads it should have worked on all A330s. Bad to hear Live TV wasn't available either.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
“How is everything so far? I hope that you have enjoyed your breakfast”
“Everything is excellent, thanks”
“That is a very nice camera you got, is it a 50D?”
“Yes it is!”
“So you are a photographer then? Or just a hobby?”
“Just a hobby, and definitely not a photographer .. you?”
“I am still learning, but I recently bought a 1000D”

Good to hear you didn't face any trouble again on the second flight.


PH

[Edited 2010-04-03 13:36:34]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineAI151 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2009, 303 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Roni, fabulous TR. Oman Air looks stunning and the service reminds me of when i flew GF to MCT in First Class. It surprises me that WY's Business Class is the same product as that! Although I would have to give the benefit of the doubt to WY.

The seat looks amazing, so comfortable and I love the brown leather. Food looks very tasty even for a vegetarian option. The cabin crew sounded very polite and professional, the only exception would be the agent at the gate in MCT who seemed very unpleasant. Did you manage to catch a glimpse of their First Class product?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
After a quick 15 minute ride, I was dropped off at the departures curbside of Terminal 1 at Dubai International Airport.

15 mins! Judging by where you took that picture, from there to the airport once took me 45 mins due to severe traffic.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
Following my recent AirAsia trip a few months back, I felt I was back home again after holding real boarding cards instead of grocery store receipts

Always a good feeling to hold a proper boarding card!

Look forward to the rest of your trip.

Sandeep (AI151)



Modern Vision. Timeless Traditions...
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting AI151 (Reply 6):
Did you manage to catch a glimpse of their First Class product?

That's only available on the A330-300s, not on the -200s.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineKHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Mate im absolutely priviliged to be the among the first to comment on your TR.The photography and text was,as usual,simply outstanding.I make it a point not only to read all your TR's but to read every bit of it with full attention!

Even though i have yet to travel on WY's flagship J class,just by reading your TR i am literally exactly on the same wavelength as you when your describe their J class.To me the Etihad J class has been quite simply the best business class seat out there all along but i think WY has improved on something that was just about perfect.The colours and layout are so classy,i think "boutique" is a very appropriate way to describe it.

And if the seats werent enough,i think the menu alone puts several F classes to shame.WY really has set the benchmark here without a doubt. WOW! I would really like to try it soon.

A couple of questions:

1, WY has both the variants of the A330 in its fleet (or on order).

2, Did this plane also have an F cabin?

3, Did you find any aspect of this seat which wasnt as good as EY.The only thing i can think of (from the pics) is presumably:
A, that the ottoman is too far for most peoples legs to reach when the seat isnt reclined
B, the walls around the EY seats ensure more privacy,something WY is missing

Anyhow fabulous TR and im looking forward towards your return trip!

[Edited 2010-04-03 14:19:50]

User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27003 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report Roni,
Oman Air seem to be hitting the headlines recently, I was reading an article on them just today. Certainly one to watch out for. Food looked great all my favourite Arabic dishes! Makes me want to hop on a flight to the Gulf.

Love the bulkhead on the 737 also. Nice and traditional.


Regards

Philip


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2476 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Roni,

I am pleasantly surprised to find another delightful experience of yours and yet this time on board of WY in J! Since fellow PlaneHunter published his Y experience, I was wondering what their J would be like. I should have known that you would be the right person!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
Clear view outside the entrance to my building

Impressive!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
I felt I was back home again after holding real boarding cards instead of grocery store receipts.

Was it that bad? I am about to hold those receipts this summer.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
Arabic mezzeh items, shawarma, mini sandwiches, biryani, and curry amongst others.

   Did you get a taste of them? It would have been a tough decision for me to make. The WY's onboard offerings are tantalizing for sure, but I just could not let those buffet items go.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
And so I continued, albeit very discreetly

I would have done the same thing.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 4):
A ceramic candle cum Arabic coffee cup!

How cute! This kind of gesture would make me melt.

The WY J cabin looks impressive! It reminds me of the old QR F cabin in A332! And their menus, OMG, are really innovative, extensive and appealing to every taste bud. I am glad to know that you have had a memorable longhaul experience. The hospitality and genuine care of Mazen and his colleagues have definitely made up the unwelcoming treatment on the short DXB-MCT leg.

Thanks for sharing. Definitely looking forward to your experience in BKK and the return trip.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Roni,

amazing airline, amazing service, makes another amazing report. You're so lucky to be in the middle where it all happens at the moment in aviation. You tried all of the Gulf carriers now I think? WY is for sure a winner, also for Y-class, but even more with this Business product. I like the pics from your fisheye a lot. I must definitely fit it on my own camera more often and use it more easily   Can we expect a return flight also?

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineReifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Absolutely incredible report. I had read a few economy class reports which were showing they had a good eco product, but their C-class product is incredible. The seats are soooo huge and they put away a whole seat... can't believe it.

I wish them all the best.


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Good evening Roni, great report as always!

Oman Air looks like a quite exotic airline to me, by far better than the mainstream middle east carriers. The J class product looked simply impressive, it's bloody F CLASS!!!  The seats are indeed the same as on KE and AF in F, those seats are made by EADS Sogerma.

The food looked great as well, but on the short haul sector, I'd have imagined them serving something more, something bigger, a.k.a long haul style  

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas Casablancas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1939 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Ronerone,

Another fantastic report! I'm always impressed by your amazing photography! I feel like I was flying along with you! This is the 2nd report I have read about Oman Air recently, and it looks to be very good. Certainly top competition for Etihad and Emirates ... looking forward to reading more about this airline!

767747


User currently offlineORDnHKG From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks for your detail report !

Your J seat look almost exactly the same as F seat on OZ 3 class 772, it is even the same seat control buttons. The only difference is on OZ, the seats were put at an angle, hence doesn't have side storage bin.


User currently offlinecaleb1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 364 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Roni, your reports never cease to impress and amaze. There are few who can match you and none who can surpass. This is another great read for a Saturday afternoon and I can't wait for future installments.

User currently offlineC8fromONT From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Love it! And awesome shoes  

User currently offlinechepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6220 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great trip report, thank you for sharing. So they did not tell you anything about pics on the second leg?
I saw pics of their new uniform on the website- big improvement over the last one red, green, blue and white just looked boring, the only problem I have with it is that some Gulf airlines (Etihad, Gulf and EK )have a similar head pieces- just different colors.
Are most of the female cabin crew on Oman Asian? Hope you enjoyed Asia!

Regards,

Chepos



Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlinesq772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I can't imagine what F class would be like if their J class is already equivalent to what almost all other airline are offering up front! Would that not cannabalize their F product? I've heard many people say the same when SQ launched their new J on their 77Ws and can't help but feel that WY is going down the same route.

The competition amongst the Middle East carriers is certainly heating up. WY's J product immediately makes EK and GF's equivalent product look dated. I suppose this has been the tactic adopted by all the gulf carriers so far - to start with a bang, create a buzz to get the international community to take notice of them, and when they've hooked a considerable number of loyal followers they slowly cut back on the frills... I do hope they maintain their offerings because what they have now is certainly mind-blowing!! Awesome hardware!!

Having said that, beautiful pictures, very informative, and looking forward to a WY F class TR from you soon  



There's always a better way to fly...
User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1271 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Roni you've done it again. Another masterpiece beautifully written with just the right amount of narrative, yet an overflow of photographs which is always a good thing! And pics of cabin crew included which is always a bonus!!

I'm surprised those portions seem so tiny for J class. Were you seriously full with that offering? I've seen EK's offerings here and they seem to have so much more. I mean even in Y class it's definitely more. In the lounge you could have gone for the olives to keep with the vegeterian option hee,hee!

Glad to see Oman Air have changed their uniforms. The last ones they used were garish, these are more toned down and in line with the new Oman Air colours. Hope they continue to remain a medium size airline, and not a monster like EK which is when the service spirals downwards out of control. However my last trip with them had me singing their praises again! By the way, when you mentioned your favourite Middle Eastern airline you were referring to Etihad, were you not?

So now you've done Etihad, Emirates, Oman Air.....when is the big Qatar Airways trip happening. That is the "report of reports" from you that I eagerly await!!

Thanks again for another enjoyable read   


User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1105 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

WOW, WY has gotten some great publicity as of late! I'm convinced Oman Air has one of, if not the best J products out there after reading this TR. Living in the U.S., the chances of me flying WY are slim but perhaps I will be able to arrange a trip with them someday.

Thanks for a truly incredible Trip Report!


User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3477 posts, RR: 17
Reply 22, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:
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Again, you do it the excellent way.
Great report, beautiful pictures, new airline, every small detail is coverred.
I never thought of Oman Air when i am planning for my flights. Not anymore.
Food looks great, but they seem on the small side.
BTW i like those yellow neon shoe laces   
Last but not least let me wish you a happy Easter.
Now is the time for Qatar Airways. No?


[Edited 2010-04-03 22:22:50]


[Edited 2010-04-03 22:55:37]

[Edited 2010-04-03 22:57:33]


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User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1064 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

It's hard to believe that Oman Air is only rated 3-star on SkyTrax! I would definitely love to try their Business Class one day, if I ever have a chance to visit the Middle East. 


One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 32767 times:

Hello, a fantastic trip report! Omanair is one airline I am really keen to try out. Looks like a promising future Etihad/Qatar Airways outfit.

MCT looks a lot more organized than DOH. What was the range of shopping like?

Quoting ronerone
“Sir, you do know that no pictures are allowed inside the cabin?”
What a downer to be told that!! Good that you discreetly persisted for us though!


25 Post contains images airpearl : Hey Roni Now, this is a mild surprise. I had been expecting a Y class report - but I can believe the temptation of travelling J on WY and wow, aren't
26 Burj : I stayed up late to read your trip report...they are always such a treat! Love the details, love the photos....Whenever I read your trip reports I fee
27 ba319-131 : Hi Roni, Good to see you travelling again, amd as a result, another fantastic TR, well done sir! - Sounds fantasitc, and indeed looked it! - I know th
28 Post contains images ronerone : Dear All, Happy Easter! Thanks PH! .. Glad we both covered most of Oman Air's offering! Well, i am glad this happened on the 738, i would have been re
29 Post contains images sq772 : Why so? Competition is the only way for them to improve and continue to offer unprecedented levels of service in their premium cabins. As for EY goin
30 Post contains images ojas : Hi Roni, Another excellent TR!. But still no QR :P I think with EK gone to terminal 3, the ISC activity at the Terminal 2 ( or 1 whatever it is) shoul
31 LYChemsa : Wow. What a dream. And I hear that Oman is wonderful country to visit. Thanks.
32 Post contains images directorguy : Hey Roni, Happy Easter, Great TR...I totally did not expect Oman Air, of all things, to make a turn-around and position itself as a serious competitor
33 ryanair!!! : Loni... Came in to work early (7am!), settled down to digest your report before the madness for the day would start. I am glad for this good start to
34 Post contains images NZ107 : Hi Roni, Happy Easter from sunny Auckland! Another superb TR! Another very enjoyable one to read. This TR complements PH's one in Economy very well an
35 Post contains images ronerone : Just like we only come to expect LCC from Ryanair!!!? Thanks Ojas! QR will get its turn! True. But the point-to-point flights to ABCD (AMM, BEY, CAI,
36 Post contains images ojas : Really because normally one would expect ABCD flights to India ( ATQ, BOM, COK, DEL) to drive everyone nuts and virtually a battlefield if the 'D' is
37 The777Man : Hi ! Excellent report with amazing pictures! WY seems to be the airline to beat now judging by this report and by PlaneHunter's report in Y. Let's hop
38 NZ107 : What a strange move by Oman Air.. Mood lighting is something that should definitely be used by them in all classes. I'm probably just as excited as y
39 Post contains images ryanair!!! : HEY! Don't push it... I'll get you knotted down there but not before drowning you in White Patchouli! Is that why we all grew up skid-marking ourselv
40 Post contains images ronerone : Hmm .. I am suddenly finding myself rethinking a trip on GMG! Hahah .. we worked our butts off to earn it! I agree 100% and i think Skytrax is a litt
41 thaia345 : Ahhh one of the rare t smoke buddies in the air travel world, we should really make a trip and rate the smoking lounges of airports in the world ! An
42 ronerone : Im in! A smoking lounge for me is a must, even before immigration and right after deplaning! Looking forward that! Cheers, Roni
43 Post contains links and images flightsimboy : Wow, coming from you, that's amazing!! Well that report on a great Emirates Experience was my first airliners.net report Emirates - You've Won My Hea
44 Post contains images Econojetter : Haha... for the much less confident among us, myself for example, nothing bigger than a pocket-size point-and-shoot (or even cell phone camera) is ma
45 ronerone : Hey Econojetter! I think i need me a good point & shoot for those more reserved airlines. Yea .. typical to an Arab home too. LOL .. Arabic is no
46 Post contains images akhmad : Well, to be honest... I am going to savour Kretek cigarettes again while visiting Indonesia this summer and I can hardly wait.
47 ronerone : You smoke?
48 Post contains images akhmad : Yes, but I can only have the pleasure of those kreteks in Indonesia. The atmosphere, sultry weather, people, food...everything just has to fit in and
49 Post contains images ryanair!!! : I BEG BEG BEG to differ, my dear. When I used to puff, I was a firm supporter of Sampoerna. Kreteks are the best ciggies, IMO. I have since given up
50 ronerone : Haha u dont seem like a person who smokes! Whereas you, i have seen huff n puff before!
51 borax : Another legendary report from you there, Roni! Request for you to post up all your next trips so we can expect the next report?
52 Post contains images akhmad : Neither do you!
53 Post contains images ronerone : Thanks Borax! Glad you enjoyed it! I have learned to keep it a mystery, but the next one will be up soon, and it will be a 'routine' carrier Unfortun
54 Post contains images SR 103 : As you know, I have nothing but praise for your trip reports and this was no exception. Truth be told, I am slightly jealous as I had always hoped to
55 Post contains images ronerone : Hey Anosh!!! So good to hear from you my friend! Thanks for that! GF is also the most experienced Gulf Airline. They have seen it all; success, financ
56 TR1 : Amazing report! Looks like Oman Air is really trying to catch up with the big boys of the Gulf region. After flying them in coach last winter your rep
57 Post contains images ronerone : Thanks TR1! Glad you enjoyed. It was your report on Oman Air that was the initial influence Cheers, Roni
58 CODC10 : Great report. This photo of DXB is somewhat reminiscent of EWR!
59 globetraveller : Hi Roni! I hope all is well! Wow... Is this really Business Class? About half the airlines I know do not even have a First Class like this and, to be
60 Post contains images ronerone : Hi Globetraveller! I am sure it will, once their loads improve! Thanks for your comments! Good to hear from you. Hope all is well! Cheers, Roni
61 caleb1 : Another fantastic report Roni. Excellent as always!
62 shamrock321 : Vey enjoyable read, great photos aswell, having a look back at some of your older reports now aswell, really enjoy your layout.
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