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"Oman Without Oman Air?. No Way!"  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 16247 times:

"Oman without Oman Air?. No way!"



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Al salam alaykum, dear readers,

I had promised a few more impressions from Muscat as a continuation of the last story:

Preferential Treatment On The Evening Shift To MCT (by FLIEGER67 Jan 20 2013 in Trip Reports)

And there is also something more to fly today or better tonight:

http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=mct-dxb-vie-str&MS=wls&MR=120&MX=540x540&PM=*

Best thanx, as usual, to:

http://www.gcmap.com/

Here is the final 2012 departure airports map with MCT counted as no. 231:


Departure Airports II auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

A couple more places like this:


Departure airports auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

And here are the last routes flown:


Tripreporters Flüge II auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

Well, I´am in Muscat currently and as promised, here are the pictures.

At the Bait al Zubair museum
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With you´re steps closely pursued
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201085.jpg
The beautiful garden
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201088.jpg
Flowers and palms
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201089.jpg
With the blue sky above. Reminder, it´s late November
and I should fly back to Germany tonight. Something to miss soon
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Let´s go for a view to Mutrah harbour with the more modern stuff
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201091.jpg
And the Aida tourists are still in town, heavy biz for all the local guides
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Looks like nice this way
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201094.jpg
Mutrah harbour front
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Dhau´s
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The blue mosque
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How to spend the day in Oman
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The Sultan Qabus mosque ahead
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The entrance
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Looks like perfectly well cared for
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But no way for me to join now
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One look at the clock shows me, it´s better now to go for the airport!.




Sunday, 25.11.2012



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Muscat International Airport
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Service WY 623 operated by Oman Air
Scheduled: 18.10 // 19.15


Returned the car without hassles till now.
Simply stop at the last terminal entrance, check the counter and someone pick it up.
Just for a look around now.
Huge palms opposite the terminal
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The main entrance. That´s for sure a small place here
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Also this way
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Where to go now?
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It´s not that small inside. This way for the Omani colours
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201111.jpg
The ticket is booked directly via the airlines website, the fare is acceptable, oneway, 70.00 Euro´s.
A real good feature is the free seat selection mode during booking.
Simply no time to wait to leave my bag at the counter staffed by a nice young woman.
Close to no time to wait at security also, lucky me and the officer at the next desk decided to give me a stamp without questions.
Ready now for a view like this
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The Plaza Premium Lounge should be also worth a visit.
Courtesy by Diners
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Nice offers
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201114.jpg
But no apron view
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201115.jpg
A few customers only here
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The new terminal under construction opposite the runway
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Omani style, sure
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Oman Air´s part of the apron
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These tail´s are simply to big!
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What about this one?
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Parked at the apron
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No action here
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And a lonely non Omani plane this way
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The old terminal
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More Oman Air on the way
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Till bus boarding starts from gate 17
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Some pictures on the apron
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With the clear sky above
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Welcome to Oman Air
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201133.jpg
And A4O-BC "Ras al Had", since 19.12.2008 with Oman Air
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The 737-800 like on schedule.
This is leg no. 66 on type, a new entry to the log
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14 examples are in the actual fleet
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6.10 pm, ontime, "Oman" should spent some 50 minutes now in the air for DXB right away from the 3584 meters runway "Two-Six".
27 degrees and clear sky. Should I really go?.
Oh, well, I should!.
Cockpit crew is according to the names from Oman.
All infos from the purser prior to departure and later on really nice and detailed inflight.
No route info, flight level is 20000 feet.
Comfy oldfashioned mixed bluegreen fabric seats and the cabin is not that really clean here
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A low loaded rear cabin, lucky me in 34F, the last row and three seats for me.
The load is 80%, a good number of biz style people, also some Europeans on the way
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Cabin crew is two male FA´s, one young and nice together with the middle aged and also nice purser. Three female FA´s are also on duty. One middle aged Asian style, biz friendly, one middle aged European, ok
and one young arabic woman, black hair, well built, oh yes, nice, really nice!.
Some locals are also on travel today
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Legroom is acceptable here
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Just by surprise, the safety card is also written in german language
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Oman Air´s magazine
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Service also on this short flight
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Soon thereafter approach for DXB is announced.
Touchdown at the 4477 meters runway "Three-Zero-Left". Also clear sky here and the temperature is 26 degrees. 7.00 pm is 15 minutes ahead to schedule.
Parked at a finger gate and a long, long walk for immigration now.
It´s recommendable to have a good time buffer to do something like me now.


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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 16245 times:

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Monday, 26.11.2012


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Service Austrian Airlines OS 840 operated by Tyrolean Airways
Scheduled: 02.30 // 05.55


Well, immigration is busy here to say the least, some 30 minutes to wait. Ok, there is time enough for the next flight, but anyway directed for several times to other queues, but it doesn´t work faster in the end.
The officer was just a little bit surprised about the answer for his question "How long do you stay in Dubai?".
"Just a couple of hours for the next flight", but anyway
stamps my passport and welcomed me to Dubai.
My bag doesn´t like to drive more circles and is stored beside the belt. But it is there!.
Out in the public for the Star counters.
The gold one is open, one more minute to wait only
and I hope to see the bag tomorrow in STR again.
This is the return from STR-FRA-AUH-MCT and the fare per leg two and three this time is 130.00 Euro´s secured by Ebookers.
Seats are selected also in advance here.
Not amused to say the least with OS this time.
During my check a couple of days prior to the flight, I´ve noticed that my last row window is never more existent. It seems a plane change and why do they not change me for another window?. No, there is simply no seat for me now.
Ok, quickly changed for the exit row window, which is available.
Well, one more lounge to go
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The offers
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201150.jpg
Looks like ok this way
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201151.jpg
The lounge itself is small, overcrowded, there is close to no space to sit, so my time is limited here.
C39 is the gate to go now
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201152.jpg
Some interesting destinations on the screen
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201153.jpg
A lot of people around the gate, looks like a good load
tonight.
Bus boarding for the first time in Dubai.
Good for a logo shot
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201154.jpg
And to secure the registration.
OE-LAZ "India" is the 767-300 like on schedule and so it is in the end.
New to the log and leg no. 6 on type
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On the way since 09.08.1999 with Lauda Air, Lufthansa, Lauda Air again and finally Austrian. One of six in the fleet.
Here are a couple of stories, principal actor OE-LAZ:
http://avherald.com/h?article=42696ee5
http://avherald.com/h?article=45947d8d
http://avherald.com/h?article=44dc88dd
Sure an interesting plane!.
Boarding now
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02.45 am, "Austrian" runs 15 minutes late now for the 06.00 hours to Vienna.
Departure from the 4477 meters "One-Two-Right", still clear sky and 22 degrees.
It seems a good decision for 17K legroom wise
with the strange green fabric, pretty well used seats
and two full windows available
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201157.jpg
The inseat video screen
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201158.jpg
The safety card for three birds only
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Cabin crew serving my seat is a distanced style middle aged Austrian blonde woman.
New York, well maybe
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201160.jpg
A view for the cabin
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201161.jpg
Let´s go now
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201162.jpg
My seatmate in the aisle is an arrogant to say the least middle aged Austrian guy.
He takes off his shoes as soon as he takes his seat and believe me, the socks don´t smell like perfume, no I dislike this behavior.
The load is 80%.
Well, something to eat and drink short after departure
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201163.jpg
The in seat screens are shut down soon thereafter.
Why?. The pax want to sleep now, is the answer.
But why on earth in eco only, the biz screens are still working.
No, definitely no, I want to have a view for the map.
But my opinion doesn´t count here tonight.
Ok, I´am in the exit row and these place is mostly a bit colder than the main cabin. But this is not only a nightflight, no it´s a nightmare fitting to the no screen story.
It is cold here, it is so cold here that I trembled everytime when I´am waking up.
The smallish blanket doesn´t help.
My camera in the bag down on the floor no longer works, the battery shows the red sign, it´s so cold I´am out of any energy.
Is there a notary on the plane?. I should write my testament right now. I´am not sure if I survive these nightshift unharmed.
The camera is back to life after some time in my jacket pocket.
After the experience on the flying sauna earlier this year, this is by far the coldest icebox I´ve ever been on.
Well, the main meal close to Vienna doesn´t help to improve my impression.
The bread roll is ok, but the omelette, no stay away, please
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201164.jpg
No comment at all from the front office.
No route or flightlevel info till Vienna.
Touchdown at the 3500 meters "Two-Nine", 05.45 am, ten minutes ahead to schedule, 2 degrees and light fog.
The automatic parking signal system is inop and so all the planes need to wait for a follow me car.
Finger disembarking at VIE
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What about a well heated lounge now?.




Monday, 26.11.2012


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Service Austrian Airlines OS 177 operated by Tyrolean Airways
Scheduled: 07.20 // 08.40


This is the lounge in the new, recently opened, built for years, terminal wing
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At least STR looks like ok from gate F21
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The offers here
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This place is also well used to say the least.
And this means it´s soon time to go for the gate.
What do you expect from a Monday morning service on a business oriented route like this?.
People all around. Is this really possible to fit them all into a tiny Fokker?
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201169.jpg
Well, it´s the scheduled F100 here.
"Dnepropetrovsk" is registered OE-LVN, leg no. 34 on type and one more, new to the log.
In the air since 27.11.1991 with American Airlines, Jetsgo and Tyrolean. One of 15 in the fleet
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7.20 am, 1.00 hour to go by "Tyrolean" for the homebase from "Two-Nine" like arrivals.
Fog and 2 degrees only here.
Me and the engine
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Clouds up there
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201173.jpg
And the fully booked cabin. The load is 100%, also upfront no open seat to spot. Mostly biz travellers with the strange green fabric seats again. Ok, nothing else expected.
It´s clean so far here
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201174.jpg
Cabin crew is one middle aged, ok style woman together with another young woman, large, blond hair, black glasses. Had I ever said before that I like glasses?. And a somewhat tough style.
Ok, it´s Austria!.
Legroom is limited here in 19A with the aisle seat also taken
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201175.jpg
Cockpit crew is from Austria, the captain with short and less detailed infos inflight.
Nothing about the route, but flightlevel is 27000 feet.
Safety instructions
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201176.jpg
Approaching STR
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201177.jpg
And the late arrival snack is good this time.
It´s a cheese cake together with free drinks
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201178.jpg
Touchdown at "Two-Five". 8.35 am, short ahead to schedule.
Bye now for Tyrolean
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201179.jpg
And welcome to a wet and dull STR with 6 rainy degrees
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/OM1201/OM1201180.jpg
Ok, ok, it´s November here and my sunbeam memory is well loaded from Oman now, so no complaints, please!.

Here are the conclusions:
1.) Oman Air MCT-DXB: Short, relaxed and really nice crew.
2.) Tyrolean Airways DXB-VIE: Survived!.
3.) Tyrolean Airways VIE-STR: Cramped seating but a calm flight.

Some two months now with biz only domestic flights,
but there is something to look forward to:

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b305/FLIEGER67/MEX1301/MEX1301026_zpsd0cc5421.jpg

Absolutely no idea where this picture is taken, but it seems it´s on the way for Mexico!.

Ma'a ElSalama,
comments welcome, as usual,
FLIEGER67 or "Markus Klaus Felger" by Facebook.



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User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 16087 times:

Hola Markus!

As I was sitting in the sauna in my Sunday morning visit to the gym I anticipated the idea of having one of your reports when back home, and sure you did not disappoint me this sunny windy Sunday morning here. Glad I can keep track of your TRs on Sunday mornings... eine gute Tradition!

Muscat looks really nice, cute and manicured garden and buildings, I am sure it is worth a visit.

Oman Air has one of the most beautiful liveries in the skies, really beautiful colors and seems service is more than adequate, even for these short hops, really nice.

Austrian seems to be disappointing here, I had never heard of an airline that shuts down the whole IFE, what are individual screens for? They need to rethink this idea, maybe there was something else involved on this idea.

The cold on planes is not only an OS exclusivity, I think many crews like to turn down the temperature, frozen passengers do not bother them as much during the night, or so it seems. So your final comment on OS

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Tyrolean Airways DXB-VIE: Survived!.

is more than adequate.

Looking forward to your Mexican adventure. Next Sunday, right?  

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1030 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 16015 times:

Hello Markus,

Nice report as always! Love the livery of Oman Air, and impressive service on such a short flight. Shame to hear about Austrian's performance, they used to be pretty good!


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6937 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 15914 times:

Hi Markus,

interesting report with nice pictures from Oman. Bad to hear that the screens were turned off in Y Class on the OS 763. Never heard that before. Did you ask the purser about it?

I try to avoid exit rows on longer flights because it can get very cold there. And it's certainly worse if they cool down the cabin temperature additionally.

The meal looks fine, but I cannot judge the main course. Did they offer different meals?

All long-haul planes will get new interiors within the next few months, two planes have already been refurbished. Maybe I'll try the new J Class later this year.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 15797 times:

Mahaban bek, Markus.

Good to see your continuation posted. Nice photos of Oman showing the delightful architecture, understated compared to some of the more elaborate examples in other countries of the region. I can quite imagine that the airport was a delight for you: no jet-bridges but boarding from the apron by stairs. The absence of crowds when you were there stands in stark contrast to the hubbub that is DXB.

The livery of WY, whether on the ERJ or the 738 looks very stylish, especially the colours, suggesting elegant sophistication combined with modernity yet the apparent lack of cleanliness is disappointing. WY have a reputation for good cabin service and their business class product on some aircraft seems superior to some airlines' first.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
How long do you stay in Dubai?".
"Just a couple of hours for the next flight",

Shame that you couldn't book the suitcase all the way through and avoid the hassle of immigration altogether. You would still have to face security but it is still one queue less.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
I´ve noticed that my last row window is never more existent.

A disappointment for someone who likes the back seat on the bus. But at least you ended up with extra legroom as "compensation", despite the sub-arctic temperature. The condition of cabin and the indifference of the crew don't inspire confidence.

Is there no individual control on the IFE screens or handsets? It does seem unusual to shut the whole system down in Y. It rather defeats the purpose of individual seat-back screens. Does OS not hand out amenity kits with eye shades, as other airlines do?

Shukran jazeelan, Markus for providing an interesting contrast to the Omani and the Austrian way of doing things.

Roy

[Edited 2013-02-03 03:30:17]

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 15741 times:

Hey, good to follow these comments.


@R.:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 2):
As I was sitting in the sauna in my Sunday morning visit to the gym I anticipated the idea of having one of your reports when back home, and sure you did not disappoint me this sunny windy Sunday morning here. Glad I can keep track of your TRs on Sunday mornings... eine gute Tradition!

Hola and thank you.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 2):
Muscat looks really nice, cute and manicured garden and buildings, I am sure it is worth a visit.

Oman Air has one of the most beautiful liveries in the skies, really beautiful colors and seems service is more than adequate, even for these short hops, really nice.

Definitely both Oman and Oman Air are worth to try.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 2):
Austrian seems to be disappointing here, I had never heard of an airline that shuts down the whole IFE, what are individual screens for? They need to rethink this idea, maybe there was something else involved on this idea.

The cold on planes is not only an OS exclusivity, I think many crews like to turn down the temperature, frozen passengers do not bother them as much during the night, or so it seems. So your final comment on OS

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Tyrolean Airways DXB-VIE: Survived!.

is more than adequate.

Exactly my point and that was for sure nothing amusing at all.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 2):

Looking forward to your Mexican adventure. Next Sunday, right?

If nothing goes wrong, there is another ride in between!.


@R.:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 3):
Nice report as always! Love the livery of Oman Air, and impressive service on such a short flight. Shame to hear about Austrian's performance, they used to be pretty good!

Thank you and sure my oinion about these two carriers.


@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
interesting report with nice pictures from Oman. Bad to hear that the screens were turned off in Y Class on the OS 763. Never heard that before. Did you ask the purser about it?

Thank you. Asked and that was exactly the answer, a short night and the pax want to sleep.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
I try to avoid exit rows on longer flights because it can get very cold there. And it's certainly worse if they cool down the cabin temperature additionally.

Definitely me, too.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
The meal looks fine, but I cannot judge the main course. Did they offer different meals?

No different meals here.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
All long-haul planes will get new interiors within the next few months, two planes have already been refurbished. Maybe I'll try the new J Class later this year.

Sure a good idea and hopefully better than on this route.


@R.:

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 5):
Good to see your continuation posted. Nice photos of Oman showing the delightful architecture, understated compared to some of the more elaborate examples in other countries of the region. I can quite imagine that the airport was a delight for you: no jet-bridges but boarding from the apron by stairs. The absence of crowds when you were there stands in stark contrast to the hubbub that is DXB.

Thank you and exactly my impression between these two places.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 5):
The livery of WY, whether on the ERJ or the 738 looks very stylish, especially the colours, suggesting elegant sophistication combined with modernity yet the apparent lack of cleanliness is disappointing. WY have a reputation for good cabin service and their business class product on some aircraft seems superior to some airlines' first.

Once more my impression, too.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 5):
Shame that you couldn't book the suitcase all the way through and avoid the hassle of immigration altogether. You would still have to face security but it is still one queue less.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 5):
A disappointment for someone who likes the back seat on the bus. But at least you ended up with extra legroom as "compensation", despite the sub-arctic temperature. The condition of cabin and the indifference of the crew don't inspire confidence.

Is there no individual control on the IFE screens or handsets? It does seem unusual to shut the whole system down in Y. It rather defeats the purpose of individual seat-back screens. Does OS not hand out amenity kits with eye shades, as other airlines do?

No amenity kids here with OS and also a somewhat rude comment to my question. No chance for the individual IFE.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 5):
Shukran jazeelan, Markus for providing an interesting contrast to the Omani and the Austrian way of doing things.

Thanx again.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 15639 times:

Hi Markus,

another Sunday, another enjoyable report from you, well done   Good to see some more pictures from Muscat, certainly interesting and nice to see some pics with sunshine.

Seems like you had a good flight with Oman Air, really nice service for such a short flight. And I really like their livery.

And well, not a good experience on Austrian/Tyrolean this time it seems. Unbelievable that they shut down all the screens, never heard anything like that. People who are able to sleep on a plane can do so even with the screens on and all the other have at least some entertainment. Not really understandable.

Now looking forward to read about your Mexican adventures
CaptainRed


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 15391 times:

Hi, M.,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):

another Sunday, another enjoyable report from you, well done   Good to see some more pictures from Muscat, certainly interesting and nice to see some pics with sunshine.

Thank you.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):
Seems like you had a good flight with Oman Air, really nice service for such a short flight. And I really like their livery.

Sure also my opinion, you know.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 7):
And well, not a good experience on Austrian/Tyrolean this time it seems. Unbelievable that they shut down all the screens, never heard anything like that. People who are able to sleep on a plane can do so even with the screens on and all the other have at least some entertainment. Not really understandable.

Well, it seems that was the Austrian way to save some money. Definitely not my way.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3360 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 15168 times:

Nice report Markus...shame the DXB=VIE flgiht was so horrid.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Some interesting destinations on the screen

Wow, even a flight to Camp Bastion...never thought I'd see that

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The in seat screens are shut down soon thereafter.

What, they turned off all the PTV so people could sleep??!



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1176 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 15119 times:
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Hey Markus  

Nice to see your return flights online, another great report!
Enjoyed the rest of your pictures of Oman, very nice  
Oman Air looks quite good here, nice crew and always good to get a snack on such a short flight.
Not impressed with Austrian at all, turning off the screens to let people sleep? Never heard of that!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
C39 is the gate to go now

A nice list of airlines/destinations there

Looking forward to your next report!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 15086 times:

Hey, more comments, nice.


@G.:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
Nice report Markus...shame the DXB=VIE flgiht was so horrid.

Thank you.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):

Wow, even a flight to Camp Bastion...never thought I'd see that

That especially fixed my attention. Something for the guys with the unusual targets.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):

What, they turned off all the PTV so people could sleep??!

That was exactly the answer to my question.


@B.:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 10):

Nice to see your return flights online, another great report!
Enjoyed the rest of your pictures of Oman, very nice  
Oman Air looks quite good here, nice crew and always good to get a snack on such a short flight.
Not impressed with Austrian at all, turning off the screens to let people sleep? Never heard of that!

Thank you and count me in with the Austrian impression. Also the first time for me this way.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 10):

A nice list of airlines/destinations there

Oh yes, definitely.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1843 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 14817 times:

Hi Markus

Thanks for the interesting read. Looks like you had a good time in Muscat, I'm quite surprised by how much you managed to squeeze into the short time you were there.

As for Oman Air, they're a great airline. Before I tried them the first time I always thought they would be like Emirates or Qatar but in actual fact that can hardly do them justice because they're simply so much better.

Alas, the same cannot really be said of Austrian Airlines. Judging by your comments and pictures it seems as though they're still quite a mess. I guess just adding an 'operated by Tyrolean' sticker does not constitute an improved product.

Thanks for posting!

Cheers,
William


User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6670 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 14653 times:

Hi Markus!

Great report with really great pictures!

Very good to see the pictures from Muscat! It looks like a small city but with lots of things to see. I'll get there someday.

Flight on Oman Air is short and the Arabic looking F/A for sure sounds more interesting to me too.  

Very bad of Austrian/Tyrolean to turn off the screens! I would have been very upset! Also I really don't like the cold. I would have had a bad flight as well. Food seems okay to me.

The short flight to STR seems okay.

Very good to see you fly more long haul! Looking forward to your trip to Mexico!

The777Man



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User currently offlinedcajet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 445 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 14526 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Is there a notary on the plane?. I should write my testament right now. I´am not sure if I survive these nightshift unharmed

That alone made it worth reading this report of your adventures!

     

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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 14489 times:

Hey, more comments, nice.


@W.:

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 12):

Thanks for the interesting read. Looks like you had a good time in Muscat, I'm quite surprised by how much you managed to squeeze into the short time you were there.

Thank you and as usual, as much as possible!.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 12):
As for Oman Air, they're a great airline. Before I tried them the first time I always thought they would be like Emirates or Qatar but in actual fact that can hardly do them justice because they're simply so much better.

That´s definitely the point here.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 12):
Alas, the same cannot really be said of Austrian Airlines. Judging by your comments and pictures it seems as though they're still quite a mess. I guess just adding an 'operated by Tyrolean' sticker does not constitute an improved product.

Sure also my opinion, there is a lot to work at OS/VO.


@L.:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):

Great report with really great pictures!

Thank you.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):

Very good to see the pictures from Muscat! It looks like a small city but with lots of things to see. I'll get there someday.

Flight on Oman Air is short and the Arabic looking F/A for sure sounds more interesting to me too.

Definitely Oman and Oman Air is worth a try.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):

Very bad of Austrian/Tyrolean to turn off the screens! I would have been very upset! Also I really don't like the cold. I would have had a bad flight as well. Food seems okay to me.

The short flight to STR seems okay.

Count me in and you know my opinion here. Sure not amusing.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):

Very good to see you fly more long haul! Looking forward to your trip to Mexico!

Thanx again and more to come soon.


@L.:

Quoting dcajet (Reply 14):

That alone made it worth reading this report of your adventures!

Thank you.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27295 posts, RR: 60
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 14394 times:

Hey Markus  

Great report on Oman Air and great to see a OS B767 one. Have not seen one for ages ! Great shot also of the tail  

I agree with Udo about being cold at exits . I once flew HAV-AMS on a Martinair B767 and had exit seats and I was frozen on arrival into AMS !

Love all the Omani architecture looks very much a place Id like to visit sometime.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 14372 times:

Hi Markus,

Good to read you last installment from 2012. Great pics of Muscat, the Blue mosque looks beautiful. It sure seems like a good destination to catch those rays on sun in the European winter.

Oman Air, well love the livery, so stylish. Seems strange to see the 737 and the E-jet on the tarmac when you’re only used to seeing the heavies over here in Europe.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The old terminal

Reminds me of MLA.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
27 degrees and clear sky. Should I really go?.

No!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Service also on this short flight

Looks pretty good, what was it exactly? Some sort of wrap?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
He takes off his shoes as soon as he takes his seat and believe me, the socks don´t smell like perfume, no I dislike this behavior

Disgusting

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The in seat screens are shut down soon thereafter.
Why?. The pax want to sleep now, is the answer.

Absolutely crazy. Those screens don’t disturb you if you want to sleep. What a pathetic argument.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It is cold here, it is so cold here that I trembled everytime when I´am waking up.
The smallish blanket doesn´t help.
My camera in the bag down on the floor no longer works, the battery shows the red sign, it´s so cold I´am out of any energy.

Sounds like a nightmare flight!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
After the experience on the flying sauna earlier this year, this is by far the coldest icebox I´ve ever been on.

So the question is, which would you have rather, icebox or sauna?  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Well, the main meal close to Vienna doesn´t help to improve my impression.
The bread roll is ok, but the omelette, no stay away, please

No, not impressing me either.

Everything about OS seems wrong. Those green seats look so shabby and dated. I may only have a short flight lined up with them next week, but am sure intrigued about the experience that awaits.

Looking forward to lots of trip reports in 2013,

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 14226 times:

Hi and good to see more comments.


@P.:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):

Great report on Oman Air and great to see a OS B767 one. Have not seen one for ages ! Great shot also of the tail

Thank you.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):

I agree with Udo about being cold at exits . I once flew HAV-AMS on a Martinair B767 and had exit seats and I was frozen on arrival into AMS !

So it´s not only me with this experience.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):

Love all the Omani architecture looks very much a place Id like to visit sometime.

Definitely worth a visit.


@H.:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 17):

Good to read you last installment from 2012. Great pics of Muscat, the Blue mosque looks beautiful. It sure seems like a good destination to catch those rays on sun in the European winter.

Thank you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 17):

Oman Air, well love the livery, so stylish. Seems strange to see the 737 and the E-jet on the tarmac when you’re only used to seeing the heavies over here in Europe.

Sure also my impression, you know.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 17):

Reminds me of MLA.

Good point here.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 17):
No!

Well!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 17):

Looks pretty good, what was it exactly? Some sort of wrap?

It was something like this.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 17):

Disgusting

Exactly.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 17):

Absolutely crazy. Those screens don’t disturb you if you want to sleep. What a pathetic argument.

It never happened before to me this way. Sure a special company.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 17):

Sounds like a nightmare flight!

So it was.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 17):

So the question is, which would you have rather, icebox or sauna?

Sauna, just for the companion!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 17):

No, not impressing me either.

Everything about OS seems wrong. Those green seats look so shabby and dated. I may only have a short flight lined up with them next week, but am sure intrigued about the experience that awaits.

That will be really interesting to see you´re impression.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1402 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 13290 times:

Hi Markus, good to read the conclusion to your trip, and to see a few pictures of Muscat. That Austrian/Tyrolean flight between DXB-VIE doesn't sound too great, and the green seat covers make the plane look... Well a bit old fashioned really.

Looking forward to your next report!



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1788 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 13064 times:

Hi Markus,

Thanks for this episode again! The contrast couldn't be bigger in this report: Oman Air looks really nice in every aspect while Austrian errr. Tyrolean looks like a real letdown. A real shame and a far cry from the LH exemplary service you received on the outbound.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
A real good feature is the free seat selection mode during booking.

Now how many airlines do still have that?    for Oman Air definitely!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Just by surprise, the safety card is also written in german language

Not by surprise, they expected your business  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
OE-LAZ "India" is the 767-300 like on schedule

Nice to fly on an all time widebody classic, the 763. Too bad that was the only good thing about that flight 

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The inseat video screen

The seat's upholstery looks really messy and that large bilboard in front makes it look even more cheap...

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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 12937 times:

Hey, good to see more comments.


@J.:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 19):
Hi Markus, good to read the conclusion to your trip, and to see a few pictures of Muscat. That Austrian/Tyrolean flight between DXB-VIE doesn't sound too great, and the green seat covers make the plane look... Well a bit old fashioned really.

Thank you and that was exactly my impression with OS/VO here, you know.


@N.:

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 20):

Thanks for this episode again! The contrast couldn't be bigger in this report: Oman Air looks really nice in every aspect while Austrian errr. Tyrolean looks like a real letdown. A real shame and a far cry from the LH exemplary service you received on the outbound.

Thank you and sure the point with OS/VO.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 20):

Now how many airlines do still have that?    for Oman Air definitely!

Yes, definitely.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 20):

Not by surprise, they expected your business

Hah, good point here!.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 20):
Nice to fly on an all time widebody classic, the 763. Too bad that was the only good thing about that flight

As far I was looking forward to this classic 763 experience as bad was it in the end.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 20):
The seat's upholstery looks really messy and that large bilboard in front makes it look even more cheap...

Well, you know my opinion also here!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 12097 times:

Hello Markus

Great to follow up the story. Oman looks good!
However I'm a bit shocked by OS who turns of the PTV's. mid-flight. Definate have not heard of that before.


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 11972 times:

Hi, M.,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 22):
Great to follow up the story. Oman looks good!
However I'm a bit shocked by OS who turns of the PTV's. mid-flight. Definate have not heard of that before.

Thank you and you know my opinion about this "service" by OS.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 6040 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 11562 times:

Why didnt you uncover / unwrap the food and show it on both flights?

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 25, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 11379 times:

Hi, 7.,

Quoting 777way (Reply 24):

Why didnt you uncover / unwrap the food and show it on both flights?

Good point. I wasn´t simply in the mood to do so this time.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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