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Oman Air MXP-MUC-MCT-CMB In J Boutique Way  
User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1943 posts, RR: 8
Posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 23240 times:

“Oman Air Business Class – New heights of Comfort”


My seat 10A for the flight to Muscat


Another new airline in 2011 and this airline certainly earns its name as the truly boutique airline in the Middle East! Oman Air is one of the latest Middle Eastern full service airlines and really has to up its game if it wants to compete against Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways, which are known for their excellent service and luxurious cabin. Of course, Oman Air is not going for the giant mega airline status, but has chosen to concentrate on a few routes and provide luxurious service. It is definitely not kidding about being a boutique airline, and my business class experience is identical to first class service on many top airlines in the world. It is no doubt better than EK, EY and QR business class, and I will even say except the fancy suites, its catering, amenities and personalized service is comparable to Emirates first class. Oman Air used to have a poor and underwhelming lounge in its homebase at MCT, but the new premium lounge complex is wonderful and a good step towards a well-rounded airline. Oman Air provides some discounted business class fares, but not as much as EK or EY, and now I understand why. You really are getting a first class deal on a business class fare. I think this $1000USD I spent is well worth it. Of course, I still don’t know if the mixed race cabin crew is working but it is a common issue for all Middle Eastern airlines, which rely on expatiates. Its wine list is a little bit underwhelming and F/As like to clear cabin early and served the second meal way too early. Anyway, Oman Air is an interesting experience and if WY chooses to join Skyteam or Oneworld alliance one day, or offered a super good fare, I will definitely fly it again.

February 16, 2011; Wednesday
WY 124 MXP-MUC-MCT Lv1035 Arr2200 Airbus A330-200 A4O-DC
Connect to
February 17, 2011; Thursday
WY 371 MCT-CMB Lv0020 Arr0540 Airbus A330-300 A4O-DC

Photo link:
WY 124 http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8QbNHDNy5bqS-g
WY 371 http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8QbNHDNy5bqTBA

Check-in:
Check-in at Milan Malpensa Terminal One was rather straightforward. I arrived the airport about an hour and forty-five minutes prior to departure, and the whole check-in area was already deserted. No surprise as I was the only J passenger, and the loading in Y was around sixty. Most passengers joined the flight in Munich, and I was sort of surprised that Oman Air has decided to split the flight in this coming summer. Hopefully loading will be better. I was in Milan a month ago checking in for my Etihad flight, and the Oman Air’s loading seemed to be a bit better. Hopefully it was just an off day here in Italy. Two agents immediately tagged my bag and checked me all the way to Colombo. Things were sort of slow, but the agents were courteous and friendly. Personal escort service to the lounge and gate was available for all J passengers in Milan, but I declined, as I wanted a bit free time to roam around the airport. But the agent later arrived at the lounge to personally take me to the gate and allowed me to board first. I am impressed with this personal service offered in business class, and Oman Air already made a good impression. Yes, you can use the fast track line at MXP too!

Check in area at MXP:


All the Muscat Holidays sign:


Carpet for Business class check-in:


Just a big fan of Novak Djokovic – so can’t help to snap this giant poster of him!


Cathay Pacific’s “Spirit of Hong Kong” was resting in MXP (Well I was originally booked on this flight!)


Lufthansa Italia and Lufthansa Airbus A320s here in MXP


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User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1943 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 23340 times:

A4O-DC at MXP


Boarding and flight information:
Boarding commenced at 9:55am at Gate B9/Bay “507,” and for some reasons, my last three flights in and out of MXP all used this gate, no matter it was Delta, Etihad or Oman Air. With such a light load, boarding was done in twenty minutes. My first impression of the cabin was “wow” and it was such a modern interior with literally first class seats nicely arranged in a four abreast seating. The plane was clean and well maintained. The beige, dark brown, and blue headrest cover provided a comforting ambience. The Filipino F/A in charge of the business class cabin immediately offered me a pre-takeoff beverage and hot towel. She then inquired if I wanted any Arabic coffee and if I would continue to Muscat or not. (Well Oman Air does not have local traffic right or is not really selling seats between Milan and Munich.) Anyway, she proceeded to give me the menu for the onward segment to Muscat, a pair of pajama, and the golden amenity kit.

Pre-takeoff orange juice and hot towel:


Orange juice – I really like the glass used by Oman Air, as it had a swirl pattern. Something special!


Hot towel


Menu – so precious… the F/As will recollect them towards the end of the flight! Fellow menu collectors, remember to put it away before preparation for landing! Considered the expensive amenity kit and PJ, it is just a bit odd on recollecting the menus! Not sure if being environmentally friendly is the theme here.


Door was closed early at 10:15am, but due to traffic, we did not push back till 10:28am, as we slowly taxied towards R/W31L. It was raining and misty so we were quite slow. We took off at 10:42am and flying time was forty-two minutes with a cruising attitude of 30,000feet. We just passed Bergamo and then towards Austrian and the city of Innsbruck. It was a short flight, and I received refreshment on this short flight. More information under the food section! Descent began at 11:02am, and we landed on R/W8R at 11:24am, and parked at Bay 110 at Munich Terminal One at 11:32am.

No one was allowed off at Munich and it was quite busy for the crew, as they needed to take in new catering (no catering was done in Milan, as they took in refreshment for both MUC-MXP and MXP-MUC at MUC). With no J passenger, cleaning was limited, but they did a cleaning in Y cabin and checked all the bathrooms. The cabin crew was busy preparing for the onward flight. Another F/A, Mohammed, as well as another Thai F/A, also made their appearance in this flight, as J cabin was almost 100% full on this segment! Yes the F/As were boarded in Milan.


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1943 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 23306 times:

My only impression of Munich Airport:


Apron at Munich Airport:
Air Berlin Boeing 737-800 Winglet


Winglet to Winglet


Two future Oneworld partners: BA and Air Berlin


British Airways A319


Air Berlin, a major tenant at Terminal One, Airbus A330


Germania Boeing 737


Another pre-takeoff set


Boarding soon began at noon, and the routing repeated as pre-takeoff drinks were offered again, as well as pajama, amenity kit, and menus. The J cabin was soon filled up with mainly German passengers. I am surprised that no German speaking flight attendant was hired. However the flight attendants seem to work well, and door was closed early at 12:41pm. We pushed back one minutes prior to our ETD, and we taxied towards R/W8R, and took off at 1pm. Flying time was five hours and thirty-six minutes, due to favorable tail wind. The flight took us towards the Austrian state of Burgenland, as we climbed to 37,000feet, and then climbing to 39,000feet and flew past cities of Arad, Constanta, Erzurum, and Van. Then we climbed to 41,000feet, as we passed Iran and then into the Persian Gulf and began our descent once we passed Dubai.

Routing again:


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1943 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 23291 times:

Cabin:
The cabin was really smart looking with interesting cultural artifacts placed in the forward part of the plane. They were four different artifacts.


Ceiling


Forward cabin shot


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1943 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 23280 times:

View from behind


Second J cabin


Y cabin – nice bulkhead seats


Seat:
This official description said it all!
“The Business Class experience onboard our new Airbus A330 fleet is truly a class apart. Every seat in business class has aisle access with just four seats in a row. With a pitch of 82 inches and a width of 22 inches, the 77.5 inche long seat converts to a degree flatbed at the push of a bottom and offers electronically-controlled backrest, leg rest and seat depth. Each of the 20 Business Class seats, fitted in a four-abreast 1:2:1 configuration, also features a 17 inch Gen. III in-flight entertainment (IFE) monitor, two USB ports, and Ethernet socket”

It is basically the same seat used in first class by Malaysia Airlines, China Airlines, Asiana Airlines, and most top US and European airlines. Of course Oman Air’s Business class seats are not in the same league as the latest generation of “suites,” such as Emirates, Etihad, Swiss, or Singapore Airlines’ A380s. However it is clear that the seats are aimed to be “first” class rather than the conventional business class. It truly matches the boutique airline image. Preferred seats are definitely the windows, as they provide additional storage room in the side bins (two side bins per window seat). The middle seats are good for couples, but not as many small storage spaces for small items.
It is a very comfortable seat that is more first class, than business class.

Benefits of window seats


Seat in upright position


Recline position


Full flat position


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1943 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 23254 times:

Seat characteristic:
Neighbor seat/foot stool


Literature pocket


Side storage bins


Universal power outlet


Audio-video outlet panel


Seat Control Button


Food & Beverage:
I received refreshment on this short flight, and DO & CO definitely had some nice catering done. The mini cold plate had an open face chicken sandwich, a mini cornbread shrimp sandwich, a vegetable pesto ciabatta sandwich, a chocolate muffin and a chocolate covered strawberry. All five mini savories/pastries were delicious. The meal started with champagne and Japanese rice crackers and nuts service, and then the meal.

Champagne and rice crackers/nuts


Refreshment


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1943 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 23252 times:

Shrimp cornbread sandwich


Vegetarian sandwich


Open face chicken sandwich


Chocolate covered strawberry


I really like the transparent patterned plate, and Oman Air has spent time on designing modern-looking but special glassware, chinaware, and tableware, instead of just plain white dishes. It has some unique distinction and it has definitely fulfilled its boutique airline identity.

Wine list
Champagne
R. Pouillon Cuvee de Reserve NV, Champagne, France


White
2008 Max Reserva Errazuriz Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, Chile
2008 Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Margaret River, Australia

Red
2008 Mencia Cuatro Pasos Martin Codax, Bierzo, Spain
2008 Shaw & Smith Shiraz, Adelaide Hills, Australia

Dessert Wine
2003 Chateau Armanjan Des Ormes, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
JC_BEV

From Munich to Muscat, they offered a hot lunch service after takeoff, and then afternoon tea an hour and half prior to arrival. No tray was used and everything was served individually. They were first class oriented for sure. The main meal was similar to what other airlines served in first class, and I will say surpass most US airlines’ first class service by miles. The meals were well presented and prepared, and the quantity was good too. The F/A had no issue with having multiple starters and desserts. There was an amuse-bouche service too that was not advertised on the menu. However, Oman Air recollects the menu, so kept your menu prior to landing, or else they would take it away from you. It was really hard to get a second copy, even with my usual gift to the crew.

Menu
February 2011
WY 124 Munich to Muscat
(EU to Muscat Cycle 1)

Fine food, like fine art, elevates every experience. We present our signature menu designed to please the discerning traveller’s palate.

Onboard Oman Air, you can discover fine culinary creations, inspired by diverse cultures and with the incomparable appeal of East-West fusion cuisine. Allow our fine gastronomic masterpieces to embellish your journey today.

Bon Appétit!

We apologize if your first choice is not available
All meals are prepared according to HALAL requirements

Canapés (not posted on menu)
Smoked salmon & Vegetable tortilla roll


Bread – choice of olive baguettes (my choice), wheat rolls or pretzel rolls


A la Carte
Winter pumpkin and apple soup


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1943 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 23228 times:

Loch fine center cut salmon
Herb and Citrus marinated king prawn
Baby leaf salad, crisp vegetable julienne
Raspberry vinaigrette


Salad of oven roasted beetroots, carrots and butternut pumpkin
Chive yogurt dressing
Goat Cheese, walnuts, thyme honey drizzle
Croutons
……………………………………………………
Pan-fried sea bass fillet
Warm cherry tomato, herb and olive salsa
Saffron risotto
Grilled Asparagus


Arabic spiced chicken breast
Roast vegetable ratatouille
Herb and dried fruit couscous

Vegetable tortellini
Herb Cream Sauce
Roasted pumpkin and cherry tomatoes

Arabic cuisine
Mezzeh
Kebbeh
Spinach fatayer
Tabouleh
Labneh with fresh mint
Black and green olives with olive oil and herbs
Fresh Coriander, lemon

Arabian Festival Combination Dish
King Prawn Kebab
Steamed Chickpea rice with pine nuts
Okra Saloona
Traditional garnish

Dessert
Fresh Seasonal Fruit
Raspberry coulis

Vanilla bean ice cream
Caramel Sauce
Roasted mixed nuts

Apple Strudel
Creamy Vanilla Sauce


Selection of Farmhouse Cheese
Prune and Walnut log


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1943 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 23187 times:

Refreshment


Smoked chicken and apricot fig jam sandwich
Grilled vegetable mini focaccia with pesto

Berry tartlet


Baklava
Traditional Middle-Eastern sweet


EU-MCT C1 JC LD-R

Ceylon tea after lunch


Pralines – chocolate truffle & ginger jellied candy


Amenities:
Oman Air Pajama is pretty nice and the fabric is soft. The color scheme is same as its seat – beige with blue color logo imprint. The pajama set comes with eyeshades and slippers.


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1943 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 23136 times:

The amenity kit is golden in color, which reflects its luxurious contents. It contains four cosmetic items from Amouage, a joint Oman-France cosmetic brand – lip palm, eye gel, facial moisturizer, hand and body lotion, as well as the usual toothbrush sets wrapped in a golden silken fabric bag, foldable hairbrush, sewing kit, plastic shoe horn, Colgate Plax mouthwash, and pair of socks. Gold is the scheme here and the fabric is silk. It actually has a very nice design and definitely not a random put together amenity kit. It is definitely one of the best business class amenity kits out there.



Entertainment:
Of course Oman Air has the latest On-Demand audio video program, but the Live TV functions did not work, and I could not watch live BBC on board. It is only the only airline that permits mobile phone usage, but no one uses it. It also has Internet service, which you can choose from full internet, email only or chat only function!
I took pictures of the pricing. I did not use any of this service because the flight was short and it was quite expensive for usage of less than four hours.
Opening Screen


Internet OnAir – USD$29.95


Webmail OnAir – USD$9.95


Webchat OnAir – USD $4.95


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1943 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 23086 times:

Beautiful scenery as we crossed Turkey – I love the snow-covered landscape/mountains!


Flight Attendants:
Oman Air uses a multicultural crew, but the origin seems to concentrate in its homeland, and countries like the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia. I don’t notice too many Australian or European F/As like EK or EY, even from Eastern Europe. The F/As were friendly but a bit more reserved than their counterparts in EK, EY or QR. They are a bit more hesitant in talking to passengers. They are friendly and service was faultless, and nothing seemed to be too much of a bother. Smiles are abundant, but just not the “chitchatting” type, wherever they are from!

Arrivals:
Descent began at 9:06pm local MCT time, after we passed Dubai. We landed on R/W8 at 9:36pm, and parked at Bay 504 seven minutes later. Muscat Seeb airport had no jetbridge even on the new terminal, which I was quite surprised. Nonetheless, business class passengers got their own bus, but one good thing with this deplaning system, walking was limited and once you arrived on the main arrival floor, transit desks were easily found (and even arrival was easy to reach), and security line had no wait. The airport was quite busy at this evening hour, as there was a major late evening bank of flights heading to India, Asia, and Sri Lanka.

New Premium Lounge at Muscat Seeb International Airport:


Oman Air has finally opened a new lounge a few months ago at Muscat Seeb airport, and the location was a bit hard to find and the sign was not very clear. The new lounge was really amazing with ultra-modern interior with a new expanded food and beverage offering. It had a restaurant area, which I did not take pictures of. I felt that the staffs did not like people taking pictures so I tried to be discreet. Hopefully once the newness was passed, taking pictures would be easier. There is free wifi with good reception (better than EY) inside the lounge, as well as a good number of computers available for use. The bathrooms were really nice as well with new furnishing, and it really places Oman Air in the head of the lounge games. It is better than EK, EY or QR. With its boutique airline status, the lounge is never too crowded and people have lots of room to relax and spread out.

Seating areas


Children playing area – I really like it and those stuffed animals were nice


Magazine stand


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1943 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 23069 times:

Boarding again:
Just a friendly advice – arrived at the gate area early as Oman Air boarded their flight early and if you need duty free, you need to allocate more time. There are lines of Indians buying gifts home. I don’t think I have ever seen such long duty free checkout lines at any airport. Boarding began around forty minutes prior to departure, and business class passengers had a separate bus, and it was actually the second bus leaving the gate area. Anyhow, the loading was a bit heavy in coach, and business was also full, as they closed the second section (or rather used the second section with the eight seats for its elites traveling in economy class). But most passengers were heading towards Male. WY 371 flies a triangular pattern – Muscat to Colombo to Male to Muscat, but the crew like Emirates flying this same triangular pattern, overnights in Colombo, as it is cheaper. There was only one empty seat in J. The usual pre-takeoff beverage was offered, along with amenity kit, pajama, and hot towel. Arabian coffee and dates were provided, and I was surprised the full array of amenities was provided.



Door was soon closed at 00:25am and we soon started up and taxied towards R/W8. We lifted off at 00:38am and then flying time was three hours and thirty-nine minutes. The routing took us over the coastal city of Ash Shutayli, and then climbed towards 39,000feet, as we overflew the Arabian Sea. Then we flew towards India and passed the city of Goa, and climbed to 41,000feet. We turned south towards cities of Coimbatore and Madurai, and then crossing Gulf of Mannar and then into Colombo.

Routing:


Food & Beverage:
Amuse Bouche – Tuna salad on cherry tomato – not posted in menu – I am surprised even a supper meal had a canapé.


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1943 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 23054 times:

A la Carte
Chicken and Sweet Corn soup
Fresh herbs


Duo of Gourmet Sandwiches
Pastrami, red peppers, caramelized onions wrap
And
Pesto chicken breast, sun-dried tomatoes, cranberry ciabatta
Salad garnish

Coriander and sweet chili prawn, smoked salmon
Vegetable julienne, mixed leaves
Citrus Vinaigrette

Arabic spiced chicken breast
Okra and tomato saloona
Dried Fruit and pine nut couscous

Vegetable and Mushroom Strudel
Herb Cream sauce
Small leaf salad


Arabic Cuisine
Mezzeh
Beetroot hummus
Smoky baba ganoush
Mint Labneh
Spinach and cheese fatayer
Grilled vegetable kebab
Fresh Coriander, lemon

Arabian Festival Combination Dish
Lamb Cutlet khabsa

Grilled mixed peppers, zucchini and chickpeas
Olives and caramelized garlic
Warm olive oil and citrus dressing

Saffron Rice

Traditional Garnish

Desserts
Freshly sliced seasonal fruit
Berry Coulis

Baked Cheesecake
Tangy orange sauce

Chocolate Mousse Gateau
Coffee Anglaise
Whipped Cream


Selection of Farmhouse cheese
Prune and walnut log
MCT-CMB C1 JC 5

Service:
Supper service was offered on this short flight, and I was surprised that most passengers chose to eat during these late hours. Flight attendants tried to rush through the service, so most passengers could rest soon. The Asian flight attendants were a bit more sensitive and friendly to talk to. I stayed up for the rest of the flight, as I wanted to sleep when I arrived in Colombo. I had a twenty-four hours layover at the TAJ Garden Hotel at Colombo Airport. As it was a late night flight, I did not take many pictures.

Arrival:
Descent began at 5:13am Colombo local time as we crossed the Gulf of Mannar. We landed on R/W04 at 5:47am local time and parked at gate A9 soon after. Immigration was pretty easy to deal with, and bags came out relatively fast here in Colombo. The priority tag worked here in Colombo.

Conclusion:
Flying Oman Air is definitely an interesting experience. It is truly a boutique airline and to be honest, I think I have paid a business class price for first class seats and service. Yes the wine list is definitely business class, but the rest of the service is really first class especially compared to my usual travel on American Airlines. But seriously the seats itself are better than all top Asian and European airlines, even Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. It is really a first class seat – the same seat used by Asiana, China Airlines, and Malaysian Airlines. Its ground service in out stations is impressive with escort provided in Milan. The amenity kit and pajama are nice offering and the fact that they offered them on day flight from Europe to Muscat, and on all overnight flights, it was impressive. The amenity kit is a high quality one. It also offers a bed turndown service in business class (which I did not take the F/A offer, as I did not sleep in daytime flight especially short ones). For the price I paid, I got a good deal. The only thing that annoys me is the menu thing. It is a nice hardcover menu, but is not a leather portfolio or anything remotely like that. If you can be so generous with pajama and amenity kits, I am surprised at its stinginess on the menu things. It is even difficult to get a copy of the economy class menu, which surprises me. Anyway, I recommend everyone to give Oman Air a chance. It is a nice boutique airline and definitely finds a nice niche in the competitive Middle Eastern sky.


User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 22743 times:

What a fantastic looking product. Really impressed by this. All round, a very good package, as you say a First Class based service. The food presentation just shouts quality with a definite boutique style. I really like the refreshment plate. All too often on longer J/F flights i feel overpowered by the food offerings. Sure I could say no, but when its there, I take it. Besides, perhaps smaller portions = more room for Champagne.

I was also very impressed with the Lounge in Muscat. Love the colours and the ambience. Guess i am a sucker for the boutique styling again? Nice idea with the kiddies play area also.

Thank you for this insight into the WY premium offering. Very interesting indeed. Just to add also, your pictures taken over a snowy Turkey are very nice too.

Cheers, Lee.


User currently online767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 22383 times:
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Very nice looking food and presentation! Oman Air looks impressive ... thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 22235 times:

What an excellent report! Oman Air looks like a great airline...I must look into them the next time I'm heading to visit my cousin in Dubai!

Really loving the amenity kits...if you've got any you want to get rid of I'd happily buy one off you!

Thanks for the report.

Andy.



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User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 21760 times:

Fantastic report with many great pics, Pretty much everything about Oman Air shouts quality and the product definitely looks better than it's larger counterparts in the Gulf.

Looking forward to more reports.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 21725 times:

Very cool! Thanks for sharing! Loved the pictures!

User currently offlinechristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 942 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 21557 times:

That's quite an impressive business class service. I should look into Oman next time I'm flying from Bangkok to Europe. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.


Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2459 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 21415 times:

Well done, great TR, great pics!

Quoting Carfield (Thread starter):
No surprise as I was the only J passenger, and the loading in Y was around sixty. Most passengers joined the flight in Munich, and I was sort of surprised that Oman Air has decided to split the flight in this coming summer. Hopefully loading will be better.



I think this is a BIG problem and such a shame for a new airline. I am just coming back from CMB (as well) and met some people who were flying WY as well. Also there flight was splitted without notice due to the fact of a poor load. CMB was re-routed through Male. Rather flying one-stop MXP-MCT-CMB, you will end up MXP-MUC-MCT-MLE-CMB (without prior notice!).

I don't understand why every Middle Eastern airline (QR,EK,EY,WY) is serving MXP. And sure, believe me, WY's load will drop further when also GF will start flights to MXP soon with their new "Premium BBJ" op. by Privatair.


User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1783 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 21342 times:

Great pictures, and an impressive on-board product to boot.

I definitely like their more understated look and feel than those of EK, EY and QR, which I consider a bit too gaudy for my tastes. The most "flashy" element I saw here with WY was the amenity kit, which is not a bad thing at all.

Given they do not fly to North America it will be harder for me to book an itinerary with them, but hopefully I can make it happen soon. Y seats looked quite comfortable too.


User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2981 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 21121 times:

Great pictures and it's a pleasure to see Oman Air trip reports.

thank you for sharing.



A lion does not concern himself with the opinions of the sheep
User currently offlineairbusfanyyz From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1436 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 20676 times:

Excellent trip report.
Wow I'm really impressed with Oman Air. They seem to be a hidden jewel.  
Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Kaz



t.dot photography
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 20418 times:

Excellent report Carfield! ..

Seems nothing has changed at Oman Air. They are still a hidden gem that's full of surprises   ..
And the new lounge at Muscat is a HUGE improvement to the previous one! ...


I am still very curious to see what this airline's First Class product is like. I mean, with such a J class product, what can possibly be left for an offer in First?


Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1237 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 20152 times:

Wow. That's all I can say. I wish they participated in an American frequent flyer program.

25 janmnastami : It's not so difficult to understand.
26 Post contains images EddieDude : Wow Carfield, wow! This is an awesome report on a unique and incredible airline! Thanks a lot for the time and effort you put into it. It was beyond e
27 nethkt : Best J class food presentation out there. Not to mention other carriers F class seat for J class on WY! This is 6 stars service, I hope to fly them so
28 Post contains images readytotaxi : Hey, another WOW, loved every bit of that. That airline rocks, the meals service is fab, love the plates and glassware. Many thanks for sharing. Way c
29 Genius12 : Thanks for the very interesting report, with great photos. That truly does look like a first class product and service - outstanding!
30 A340600 : Cannot believe that is J, amazing! Thanks for sharing.
31 abrelosojos : Another stellar report - thank you very much for taking the time to write it. I know some of the management at WY and they seem focused on taking limi
32 QatarA340 : Wow Oman Air is realllly defining the new way to travel!!! Certainly one of the best products out there! I think this ist he first time we see the art
33 SR 103 : Thanks for yet another amazing trip report Carfield! I have been hearing a lot about the airline as of late, all positive. I have always wanted to try
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