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The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:37 pm

The Next 5 Star Carrier?
Munich - Muscat - Dubai on Oman Air A330-300 and 737-800




Intro
"The new Wings of Oman", "Change is here!" and "Celebrate Change With One Great Airline" are auspicious slogans recently used by Oman Air, the Omani national carrier. Now let’s see what’s behind: My latest report will give an impression of the products and services offered in Economy Class on a trip between Munich and Dubai. While the Munich-Muscat sector was operated by six-month old Airbus A330-300, the Muscat-Dubai leg was operated by one of the newer Boeing 737-800s. Of course I will also elaborate on the transfer at Muscat International Airport.


Background
In early January my brother and I decided to go on a sightseeing trip to Asia by the end of February. Our focus had been on Hong Kong from the very beginning, but we also wanted to enhance a possible trip by another city. My brother suggested to pick Dubai so that we could visit the new Burj Khalifa. I agreed and started searching for the most interesting flight options. It didn’t take very long until I found an unbelievable fare offered by a most interesting carrier: Munich-Muscat-Dubai return on Oman Air for 260 Euro!

Oman Air is a newcomer to the German market - it started flying to Frankfurt (four times weekly) and Munich (three times weekly) in fall 2009, using its new A330-200s and A330-300s. According to various reports the Munich flights have often operated at low loads, so probably the low fare was intended to increase brand awareness. I really wanted to try Oman Air and then started searching for adequate flights between Dubai and Hong Kong. The plan was to spend one night in Dubai each time on the outbound journey and the inbound journey. The whole trip shouldn’t last more than one week, so it was clear we wouldn’t be able to spend more than three nights in Hong Kong.

It wasn’t difficult at all to find interesting and affordable flights between Dubai and Hong Kong. However, satisfying options were rare between Hong Kong and Dubai. Problematic were either high fares or unfavorable flying times. Leaving Hong Kong too early would have drastically reduced the sightseeing options - and leaving too late would have been risky regarding the onward flights between Dubai and Munich. We also couldn’t just add one day due to the limited frequencies between Muscat and Munich.

In the end we decided to fly back from Hong Kong to Munich without stopping again in Dubai - it was the most convenient option and absolutely free of risk. So we booked MUC-MCT-DXB on Oman Air and added separate flights on two other airlines between Dubai and Hong Kong as well as between Hong Kong and Munich. Btw - the low Oman Air fare was not available on the carrier's website, but ebookers and other travel companies did definitely sell the flights for the incredible price of 260 Euro. Even though the final itinerary consisted of only six flights, it included two new airlines and four widebody jets (details to follow in the next parts).





Thursday, 25 February 2010
Munich (MUC) - Muscat (MCT)
Oman Air WY122
22:15-07:35 (22:04-07:13)
Flying time: 05:48 (hrs)
Economy Class, Seat 40K

Airbus A330-343X
A4O-DB (MSN 1044)
Delivered in 10/2009


1st flight on A4O-DB
7th A330-300 flight
19th A330 flight
88th airline



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I hadn't reserved particular seats in advance because Oman Air offers a web check-in for most of its flights. About 12 hours prior to departure I tried my luck and was soon surprised about the convenience of the web check-in facility. I entered our data, picked the desired seats on the A330 and the 738 and printed the boarding passes for both flights - it was a matter of just a few minutes.
Later at the airport we joined a small queue in front of the Oman Air counters and had to wait for about 10 minutes. A friendly female agent took our self-printed boarding passes and replaced them by the standard boarding passes. I asked her about the passenger load and she told us that the flight would be half empty - good for us, but definitely bad for the airline.

After passing security I immediately went to the window front at our gate and spotted A4O-DB - the first Airbus A330-300 delivered to Oman Air in October 2009:


Oman Air’s widebody fleet currently consists of two Airbus A330-243s (Business/Economy) and three A330-343Xs (First/Business/Economy), all delivered between September 2009 and March 2010. Six more A330-200s are on order between June 2010 and 2012. A332s fly to Munich on Tuesdays and Saturdays, a A333 is used only on Thursdays.

Friendly flight attendants welcomed us in the colorful and spotlessly clean cabin - the females were of Southeast Asian descent, while the males were of Arabian and (probably) Indian descent. The colorful seat design may look odd at first sight, but I found it pleasant after a while:



All seats are equipped with adjustable head and foot rests, bi-fold sliding tables and 10.6-inch seatback-mounted LED screens. Passengers also find a USB and RCA video multi-plug at every seat and an Ethernet socket (RJ45) and PC power port for every double seat.



While the upholstery is a bit hard, legroom (34 inch) is generous:



The small IFE box under the window seat doesn't pose a problem:



State-of-the-art seatback:



Unfortunately, the touchscreen responsiveness was not as good as it should have been, so the handset turned out to be very useful:



I wasn't absolutely satisfied with the headphones either, but they did their job:



34 pages strong IFE guide:



Welcome screen with animated smoke - really nice:



The Thales i5000 in-seat Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) system was already operational during boarding. Main menu:



Airshow...



...and front camera:  thumbsup 



Boarding was completed quickly and a member of the airline's "Munich Airport team" spoke a farewell message. One sentence was really interesting: "Enjoy the service and the good food!" That sounded very promising!
Then the captain - probably an Omani - made an announcement and informed about a flying time of 5 hours and 40 minutes and a cruising altitude of 41,000 feet.

Many rows remained empty, so my brother moved to row 41 behind me. Now we could stretch out and enjoy watching the cute safety video:





A4O-DB was pushed back 11 minutes ahead of schedule and it soon started taxiing to runway 26L. Front camera view:


Finally the RR Trent powerplants howled and A4O-DB took off into the night sky - time to say goodbye to the cold German weather for a few days!

State-of-the-art airshow:







The direction of Mecca:



Only a few minutes after take-off flight attendants distributed menu cards...



...and shortly after that we even got amenity kits, containing an eyeshade, socks, earplugs and a toothbrush set. This was very impressive - I hadn't received such a kit on similar night flights on Emirates and Etihad:



The flight attendants quickly started serving dinner and I was surprised to have a choice of three main courses:



My brother and I decided to order the "Koenigsberger Klopse":


The meal was not only filling, but also absolutely delicious. Everything tasted very good, and I also liked the presentation. A wide range of drinks was available, too, including beer and wine. There was absolutely no reason to complain about anything!

Oman Air not only passed the "PlaneHunter Ginger Ale Test" - it even exceeded my expectations by serving a Schweppes Ginger Ale:


The catering had really impressed me, but I was a bit disappointed by the female flight attendant serving coffee and tea. She quickly took away my tray (containing milk and sugar) and only handed back the filled cup. Then she turned around without asking for sugar or milk. And all that without a smile. Some more customer serving training is required to prevent that, it seems.

After dinner it was time for an extended IFE session. Movies main menu:


The entertainment system offers a choice of nearly 90 movies in different languages (including movies from India, Germany etc.), dozens of TV features (Arabic and English), 100 music albums and 38 interactive games. However, certain features were not available, e.g. on-board shopping:


Translation: "Please accept our apologies that this feature has to be temporarily deactivated."

Of course I also had a look at Oman Air's Live TV offerings:



This is Al Jazeera:


Having Live TV on intercontinental flights is already quite impressive, but Oman Air has meanwhile become the first airline in the world to offer both mobile phone services and WiFi broadband internet on board its flights. Details and prices can be found here:
http://www.omanair.com/wy/aboutus/ab..._media_presrelses/releases_342.htm

When I tried to switch back to the airshow after a while all I got was this:


The airshow remained unavailable for about 1.5 hours - almost exactly the time needed to cross Iranian airspace. It was back again when we were heading towards the UAE coast. I don't know whether the airshow had been deactivated on purpose - spontaneously I had to think of news reports about the dispute over the term "Arabian Gulf". According to various reports a few days prior to our departure Iran had threatened to ban airlines from using its airspace if they refer to the waterway between Iran and Arab states as the "Arabian" instead of "Persian" Gulf. Well, who knows. I only noticed the "Gulf of Oman" on the Oman Air maps, but neither "Arabian Gulf" nor "Persian Gulf".

Oman Air's IFE system is easy to operate and can keep you entertained for a very long time, but it still cannot match Emirates' latest version of ICE in terms of quality and quantity. However, I'm sure Oman Air could increase the number of available options.

Before trying to get some sleep I took a cabin shot - I'd prefer soft mood lighting over complete darkness:



The same shot some time later:



Less than four hours after supper the flight attendants started serving breakfast. I was very impressed to see that Oman Air even offered a hot breakfast option on that overnight flight - unlike Emirates and Etihad:



The hot meal was my preferred choice:


Again I can only praise the airline for serving well-presented and delicious food - everything tasted very good. However, I was really full after finishing that extensive breakfast.

According to the revived airshow we were about to overfly Dubai...



...and I was lucky to find out that we were perfectly seated to see the famous artificial islands:




Only 30 more minutes to go:







Beautiful sunrise...



...pretty winglet:



Mountains and thick clouds:



Ten minutes later Muscat International Airport showed up on the right:





Right turn for final approach:





Camera view of runway 26:


We touched down after a flying time of only 5 hours and 48 minutes - too bad the flight on this nice plane was already over.

The airport was still quite deserted in the early morning, but some planes caught my attention, e.g. Royal Air Force VC-10s...



...a Royal Air Force of Oman Airbus A320...



...an Egypt Air Force De Havilland DHC-5 Buffalo...



...and a Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124-100:



We reached our final parking position 22 minutes ahead of schedule:



Pretty buildings:





During disembarking I took a picture of the new Oman Air Business Class seat:



There are no jetbridges at Muscat Airport which is good for enthusiasts:








The bus ride to the terminal building was very short so I couldn't collect any more registrations. After taking the first escalator an Oman Air employee handed out billets to all transit passengers - which turned out to be breakfast vouchers! Unbelievable - Oman Air wanted to feed us again. Later we found out that the vouchers could be used in a cafeteria or a fast food restaurant. When we were finally able to eat again, the cafeteria was completely full and we went to the fast food restaurant. The voucher was only valid for a fatty meal consisting of fried chicken pieces, fries and a soft drink, but it was still nice to get something for free.


Transfer at Muscat International Airport
Changing planes at Muscat is very convenient because the airport is quite small and neatly arranged. It may not be as modern and funky as some others in the region, but the facilities are clean and you find everything you need.

Low ceiling, light floors:



Dunkin' Donuts on the right, kids' play area on the left:



A large picture in the terminal shows Sultan Qaboos ibn Said Al Said, the ruler of Oman:



You can overlook large areas of the apron and the runway from the terminal, but the building's layout and toned windows make it difficult to take good pictures:



One good spot can be found at the front end of the terminal building. This is A9C-AE, one of the newer A320s in the Gulf Air fleet:



Numerous Oman Air 737s and a Qatar Airways A321:



An Emirates A330-200 had joined the Oman Air crowd on the other side:


Muscat Airport is not as busy as others in the region, but I managed to log 20 new registrations, including 15 Oman Air planes.

I hope that spotting opportunities at the airport will be as good as today after its modernization and expansion. It is planned to upgrade the airport to 12 million-passenger capacity by 2011 and subsequently to 48 million. The expansion project will include a new modern terminal and a new runway that can handle the Airbus A380. It will also include a new control tower with a height of 90 meters, 32 aerobridges and a new cargo terminal.




Friday, 26 February 2010
Muscat (MCT) - Dubai (DXB)
Oman Air WY605
11:15-12:25 (11:15-12:14)
Flying time: 00:44 (hrs)
Economy Class, Seat 34A

Boeing 737-8Q8
A4O-BD (s/n 2804), named "Muttrah"
Delivered in 02/2009


1st flight on A4O-BD
16th 737-800 flight
26th 737NG flight
50th 737 flight



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(Pictures of A4O-BD are not available in the database, the images above show sister ships)

Our gate was only three minutes away from my spotting spot, so it was enough to go there shortly before boarding would be started. We didn't line up to get onto the first bus, so I could take some more pictures. Our A330-300 had meanwhile been joined by another A330-300 (inbound from London Heathrow) and an A330-200. I still didn't know at that point of time that the 737-800 on the right would be ours:



We finally took the last bus which brought us to A4O-BD, a Boeing 737-8Q8 delivered in February 2009, one of 13 frames in the fleet:





Great color scheme:





We were welcomed by a friendly flight attendant who didn't mind about taking pictures at all. During the web check-in process I had picked the second last row where a pilot was now already occupying the aisle seat. However, the flight wasn’t full (70 to 80 percent load) and several rows were totally empty so I asked whether we could switch to other seats. The flight attendant kindly agreed and I took the last row on the left side, while my brother took the last row on the right side. Excellent!

The blue and turquoise cloth seats are very comfortable - and despite the short flight duration pillows had been placed on each seat:



Legroom is generous, too - I guess I had never felt so comfortable on a 737 before:



The IFE box under the middle seat shouldn’t pose a major problem for anyone:



Cabin view (picture taken later during the flight):



The plane is equipped with fold-out screens - and I was glad to see that a state-of-the-art airshow was available:



Neuschwanstein Castle on the in-flight magazine's cover - the story dealt with Munich and sights in Bavaria:



Sister ship A4O-BB being refueled - I couldn't get enough of these colors:



Our 737 left the parking position exactly on time and powerfully took off from runway 26:



Goodbye, A4O-DB:



Military apron:













Shortly after take-off the flight attendants started serving a snack - not just some peanuts, but a tray with water, a mixed fruit juice, a tuna and tomato sandwich and a small Mars bar. We were impressed again:


The sandwich was large and thick and tasted very good - we were really full again after that "snack". The juice was too sweet, though.

Nice scenery - it was such a pleasure to see the desert after the long and cold German winter:





"Road art" in the middle of the desert:



Shortly after I had finished eating the plane already commenced the approach to Dubai. Lots of space for future projects:







Al Ittihad Road:



Cargo ramp:



A4O-BD touched the ground after a flying time of 44 minutes. Yet another terminal expansion:



The striking ATC control tower and one of many Emirates tails:



Unfortunately, we didn't taxi very long, so I couldn't get many new registrations. Air France A340-300 and Uzbekistan Airways 767-300ER:



We arrived at our gate 11 minutes ahead of schedule. Parked next to us was Gulf Air A330-200 A9C-KB in special Formula 1 colors:



Very nice bulkhead wall design on our 738:


When we reached the door a flight attendant wanted to see our boarding passes again because the plane was about to continue to Abu Dhabi.

The well-known terminal hall:




Clearing immigration and customs took only a few minutes. Finally we stepped into the pleasant dry heat and took a taxi to the Hilton Dubai Creek which is an excellent hotel. Story to be continued...



Conclusion
My Munich-Muscat flight on Oman Air belongs to the most enjoyable ever. The company's new A330s are equipped with state-of-the-art interiors offering a high level of comfort. Economy Class passengers can enjoy plenty of legroom and the advanced IFE system keeps them entertained for a long time. Live TV and WiFi broadband internet access are remarkable features which aren't common yet in the industry.
The cabin product on the 737-800 cannot be called spectacular, but the seats are comfortable and legroom is absolutely sufficient, too. Personal TV screens would be welcome, but they are not necessary for short flights. However, I guess it's only a matter of time until the 737 cabins will be somehow upgraded.

The catering in general was superb both in terms of quality and quantity and beats most of the offerings I had experienced before. I was also positively surprised by the carrier's excellent web check-in facility and the convenient transfer at Muscat Airport. Ground staff members and flight attendants were mostly friendly - however, there's still some room for improvement.

If Oman Air continues to focus on quality it can become a true five star carrier. It will be very interesting to follow the airline's growth in the next few years with a total of 23 jets on order (six A330s, six 787s, seven 737s and four E175s). However, considering the number of potent airlines in the neighborhood, we may see be a fierce competition in the years ahead. I really hope the best for Oman Air which has become one of my favorite carriers.


Best Regards,
PlaneHunter



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[Edited 2010-03-25 15:30:29]
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:05 pm

Hi very good report and really impressed with Oman Air. I would love to fly them . Love the cabin interiors and the meals look great. I would have gone for the Arabic tagine, sounds lovely.

The hot breakfast also 10/10, I would love that. You wouldnt get that in J class on some airlines.

The IFE showing the way of Mecca is mixing old tradition with new , nice . My mate has a thing on his Blackberry that does that lol...

Also loved the colours of the seats on the 737 and the bulkhead design.

Thanks for the report.

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Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:38 pm

Quoting oa260 (Reply 1):
Hi very good report and really impressed with Oman Air.

Thanks Phil, good to hear you liked it.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 1):
You wouldnt get that in J class on some airlines.

Now it would be interesting to know what Oman Air serves in J or F Class...


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Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:08 pm

Hi PlaneHunter, an amazing trip report which makes me want to fly with WY even more than ever. The livery is very eye catching as well.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and shortly after that we even got amenity kits, containing an eyeshade, socks, earplugs and a toothbrush set. This was very impressive - I hadn't received such a kit on similar night flights on Emirates and Etihad:

Funnily enough neither have I but I got a similar one when flying with GF a year ago.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Having Live TV on intercontinental flights is already quite impressive, but Oman Air has meanwhile become the first airline in the world to offer both mobile phone services and WiFi broadband internet on board its flights.

Now for that alone is a good a reason to fly with them and post a TR while at 40,000 feet.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Before trying to get some sleep I took a cabin shot - I'd prefer soft mood lighting over complete darkness:

I would have thought that being a brand new aircraft, it would be fitted with mood lighting. I've got used to that on flights nowadays so when it gets pitch black it does feel odd

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
During disembarking I took a picture of the new Oman Air Business Class seat:

It amazes me that WY's Business Class seats are the exact as GF's First Class when I travelled in 2006. Their First Class looks even more amazing!

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Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:21 pm

Quoting AI151 (Reply 3):
Hi PlaneHunter, an amazing trip report which makes me want to fly with WY even more than ever. The livery is very eye catching as well.

Hi Sandeep, thanks a lot for your feedback! I'm sure you'd enjoy WY as much as I did.

Quoting AI151 (Reply 3):
Funnily enough neither have I but I got a similar one when flying with GF a year ago.

WY's amenity kit actually beats the one which I recently got on a SQ flight.

Quoting AI151 (Reply 3):
I would have thought that being a brand new aircraft, it would be fitted with mood lighting. I've got used to that on flights nowadays so when it gets pitch black it does feel odd

Well, at least during take-off there seemed to be a kind of soft blue mood lighting.


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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:44 pm

Amazing report, and great pics!

Just a question, did you buy oneways? Do carriers offer oneway fares to Muscat, or from HKG to MUC? Just out of interest. Hope to see the next tripreport soon!
 
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Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:48 pm

I have heard a lot of buzz about Oman Air (WY) recently. Looking at your pictures, it is not difficult to understand why. The splashy IFE and outstanding catering is just awesome. I know of someone who recently flew from Muscat to Bangkok and they served 2 full meals (it could have been 3 choices for each meal) for a 5 hour flight. While impressive, you can't deny that is a little excessive.

WY is out to impress and they have obviously not held back. Their JCL on the A330 is similar to what GF has in PCL. It is really a lot to put out in such a short time so I wonder about the feasibility of it all. But in the mean time, sit back and enjoy the amenities! Such I pity in SIN we won't get to see WY just yet.
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Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:07 am

Great report! Thats all A ok but why did you decide to buy these shoes???
 
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:43 am

Great report! Oman Air does look fantastic.

That "road art" is hilarious - a motorway interchange in the middle of the desert going to absolutely nowhere! One can't help but wonder why they do it now and not when it's actually needed!!
 
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Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:35 am

Wow, what a phenomenal and enjoyable trip report. I haven't read one on Oman Air before, but now I am dying to fly them! I am in shock over the fact that you got two FULL meals on a flight less than six hours. That's just amazing!!! And 34" pitch? AND an amenity kit? AND seat back tv's? It sounds more like a business class than economy to me!
 
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:53 am

Hi PH,

good report on Oman Air. They look fantastic indeed. And what an unbelievable fare you paid. For that money I couldn't resist of flying them also. Would be nice to have them here in AMS, but I guess that's out of the question...
I must agree also with your statements on the meal service. 2 of this good quality meals for a flight of this duration (not too long), is very good. And I actually like the seat design. Something different, and with a good IFE.
Absolutely a winner we' ve here!

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Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:52 am

I have been fascinated by this airline for quite some time, so you can imagine my excitement when I opened this TR. WY looks simply amazing... from their cabins, to the IFE, to the food, etc! In addition to that, the fares appear to be EXTREMELY low. That J class seat is an F seat on many carriers.

I wasn't aware that you could book WY flights through ebookers. That's good to hear because they aren't listed in any other online booking systems such as Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz. The only way to get them to book WY flights is to connect onto a WY flight from an interline partner.

BTW, I have been checking the GDS sporadically on WY flights and their loads do seem to be improving. So like you said, I suppose they are trying to create brand awareness with their low fares and then plan to raise them once they are better known.

Thanks for this great TR!

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Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:04 am

Thx PH for excellent TR.

Oman Air seems like a very nice surprise, all aspect of flight look great.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
There are no jetbridges at Muscat Airport which is good for enthusiasts:

In such a dry climate, with almost no rain, who needs them? My preference at least.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After taking the first escalator an Oman Air employee handed out billets to all transit passengers - which turned out to be breakfast vouchers!

How generous!

Good job, looking forward for the next part.

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Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:13 am

What a great report on Oman Air, PH! Looks like a great airline, with great food and service! Looking forward to the next installment of your trip.

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Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:56 am

This is the second trip report on Oman Air that I've read, and the pics are incredible. Did not security stop you from taking those pics at Muscat after you deplaned? That right turn for final approach shot is the kind of turns that are so incredible to experience and capture!

The Amenity kits and meals you got seemed nothing different from Emirates. At least I recall getting similar ones to those on the flights to and from New York. I'm not a big fan of Emirates, but they serve you a full hot dinner on their 0145 departure out of Dubai to Karachi. Try getting even a bag of pretzels on a North American carrier at that hour. Also seat back videos or TVs as some have indicated below is pretty standard on most airlines these days. Glad they seemed to have quite a few choices. I'm still not sure about the seat colours, would need to get some getting used to.

Why was there such a long climb outwards to the west out of Munich, and then that final U turn towards the East? I know when I flew KU out of Kuwait, we had to fly south-east for a while, before turning back north-west once we had entered Saudi Arabian airspace. Not sure the reason for your flight above.
 
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:33 am

Another excellent TR from PH!

That too on one of the wold's best hidden trasures!

I had the pleasure of flying them last month, and i was just as amazed as you were. .. For the time being they are a true boutique airline! and i hope they remain this way!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After passing security I immediately went to the window front at our gate and spotted A4O-DB - the first Airbus A330-300 delivered to Oman Air in October 2009:

And currently OnAir internet connection is available on only this aircraft as of this month.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The colorful seat design may look odd at first sight, but I found it pleasant after a while:

I think it is the best looking Y seat out there!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I wasn't absolutely satisfied with the headphones either, but they did their job:

Agree! .. Cost cutting is definitely not their aim here so i don't see why they cut-back on headset quality!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and shortly after that we even got amenity kits, containing an eyeshade, socks, earplugs and a toothbrush set. This was very impressive - I hadn't received such a kit on similar night flights on Emirates and Etihad:

Unbelievable! Thats miles ahead of what many other airlines offer in J!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):


The flight attendants quickly started serving dinner and I was surprised to have a choice of three main courses:

And all three choices seem great!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The airshow remained unavailable for about 1.5 hours - almost exactly the time needed to cross Iranian airspace. It was back again when we were heading towards the UAE coast. I don't know whether the airshow had been deactivated on purpose - spontaneously I had to think of news reports about the dispute over the term "Arabian Gulf". According to various reports a few days prior to our departure Iran had threatened to ban airlines from using its airspace if they refer to the waterway between Iran and Arab states as the "Arabian" instead of "Persian" Gulf. Well, who knows. I only noticed the "Gulf of Oman" on the Oman Air maps, but neither "Arabian Gulf" nor "Persian Gulf".

Yes that is definitely because of this story, and i t hink it is quite ridiculous.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After taking the first escalator an Oman Air employee handed out billets to all transit passengers - which turned out to be breakfast vouchers! Unbelievable - Oman Air wanted to feed us again. Later we found out that the vouchers could be used in a cafeteria or a fast food restaurant. When we were finally able to eat again, the cafeteria was completely full and we went to the fast food restaurant. The voucher was only valid for a fatty meal consisting of fried chicken pieces, fries and a soft drink, but it was still nice to get something for free.

WOW! .. At least WY can afford to dot his now. I can't imagine how an Airline the size of EK would manage to do something similar though!


Excellent TR once again! Thanks a lot for sharing!

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Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:18 am

Hi PH,

Great report about one of the lesser-known Gulf airlines! Oman Air looks very good, incredible price, nice IFE, new planes, tasty food, big portions, (mostly) friendly service, low loads (good for pax, bad for the airline, I know) - what more could you ask for? Shame about the low loads, but I honestly think there are far too many carriers aspiring to be serving a wide variety of destinations in the Gulf area so some of them are bound to be losers in that game. If you ask me I'm pretty sure EK will be one of the survivors, they simply have built such a huge operation already that their momentum is hard to resist. Hope WY will be one of them as well!

Love the Oman air color scheme.

Quoting Aussie_ (Reply 8):
That "road art" is hilarious - a motorway interchange in the middle of the desert going to absolutely nowhere! One can't help but wonder why they do it now and not when it's actually needed!!

Dude, how about catering for the poor souls who end up driving to the wrong direction? It's not like you can simply make an u-turn on a motorway. And considering the road is in the middle of the desert regular interchanges and ramps might not be that frequent.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
For that money I couldn't resist of flying them also. Would be nice to have them here in AMS, but I guess that's out of the question...

Eric, you guys just got Emirates, be glad. Yes, I'm a bit jealous, you know  


Looking forward to the next installments!
 
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:34 am

Quoting kl911 (Reply 5):
Amazing report, and great pics!

Many thanks, Bastiaan!

Quoting kl911 (Reply 5):
Just a question, did you buy oneways? Do carriers offer oneway fares to Muscat, or from AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG to AND OLD: Munich - Riem (MUC / EDDM) (closed), Germany">MUC? Just out of interest.

One-ways were available in any case, but in general they are more expensive in comparison. I partly booked one-ways and round trips.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 6):
I have heard a lot of buzz about Oman Air (WY) recently. Looking at your pictures, it is not difficult to understand why. The splashy IFE and outstanding catering is just awesome.

Hi Ryan, thanks for your feedback. All the praise is definitely justified, WY has done a great job with the introduction of a new long-haul product.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 6):
While impressive, you can't deny that is a little excessive.

Yes, it is excessive and too much for many people. But good for those who like eating...  
Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 6):
It is really a lot to put out in such a short time so I wonder about the feasibility of it all. But in the mean time, sit back and enjoy the amenities!

Indeed. I hope the best for the carrier.

Quoting Rabenschlag (Reply 7):
Great report!

Thanks!

Quoting Rabenschlag (Reply 7):
Thats all A ok but why did you decide to buy these shoes???

What's wrong with them? Regular New Balance sports shoes, very comfortable.

Quoting Aussie_ (Reply 8):
Great report! Oman Air does look fantastic.

Thanks for your feedback!


Quoting CanadianDC10 (Reply 9):
Wow, what a phenomenal and enjoyable trip report.

Many thanks, Monica! Great to hear you enjoyed reading.

Quoting CanadianDC10 (Reply 9):
I haven't read one on Oman Air before, but now I am dying to fly them!

I can only recommend to do so.

Quoting CanadianDC10 (Reply 9):
I am in shock over the fact that you got two FULL meals on a flight less than six hours. That's just amazing!!! And 34" pitch? AND an amenity kit? AND seat back tv's? It sounds more like a business class than economy to me!

Yes, WY even beats EK and SQ.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
good report on Oman Air.

Hi Eric, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
They look fantastic indeed. And what an unbelievable fare you paid.

Yes, the value-for-money ratio is hard to beat.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Absolutely a winner we' ve here!

I can only agree.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 11):
I have been fascinated by this airline for quite some time, so you can imagine my excitement when I opened this TR. WY looks simply amazing...

Hi MHTripple7, thanks a lot for your kind words. Great to hear you enjoyed reading the report.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 11):
I wasn't aware that you could book WY flights through ebookers. That's good to hear because they aren't listed in any other online booking systems such as Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz.

Some others listed WY, too. I guess the carriers' flights will soon be widely available.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 11):
BTW, I have been checking the GDS sporadically on WY flights and their loads do seem to be improving.

Excellent news!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 12):
Thx PH for excellent TR.

Hi Jonathan, many thanks for your reply!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 12):
In such a dry climate, with almost no rain, who needs them? My preference at least.

Good point. But in the extremely hot summer months a slightly cooled jetbridge may be very welcome...

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
What a great report on Oman Air, PH!

Thanks a lot!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
This is the second trip report on Oman Air that I've read, and the pics are incredible.

Many thanks, flightsimboy!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Did not security stop you from taking those pics at Muscat after you deplaned?

No, I didn't face any trouble. I was positively surprised about that. Some years ago, in the gate area at Abu Dhabi Airport, I was already warned when I just tried to take one single picture of our aircraft.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
That right turn for final approach shot is the kind of turns that are so incredible to experience and capture!

That final turn is always something special.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
The Amenity kits and meals you got seemed nothing different from Emirates. At least I recall getting similar ones to those on the flights to and from New York. I'm not a big fan of Emirates, but they serve you a full hot dinner on their 0145 departure out of Dubai to Karachi.

When I once took an Emirates MUC-DXB night flight some years ago I neither got an amenity kit nor a second hot meal. Maybe that has changed.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Why was there such a long climb outwards to the west out of Munich, and then that final U turn towards the East? I know when I flew KU out of Kuwait, we had to fly south-east for a while, before turning back north-west once we had entered Saudi Arabian airspace. Not sure the reason for your flight above.

Good question, I have no idea. It wasn't very busy there in the late evening.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
Another excellent TR from PH!
Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
Excellent TR once again! Thanks a lot for sharing!

Hi Roni, thanks a lot for your feedback!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
That too on one of the wold's best hidden trasures!

I have to agree.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
I had the pleasure of flying them last month, and i was just as amazed as you were. .. For the time being they are a true boutique airline! and i hope they remain this way!

Sounds great - I cannot wait to read your report!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
And currently OnAir internet connection is available on only this aircraft as of this month.

Interesting - I thought it would be available on all A330s.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
And all three choices seem great!

I should have asked whether it's possible to try all of them...  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
Yes that is definitely because of this story, and i t hink it is quite ridiculous.

Yes, it's such a ridiculous issue. Have you noticed anything similar on recent flights?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
WOW! .. At least WY can afford to dot his now. I can't imagine how an Airline the size of EK would manage to do something similar though!

Indeed, would be a bit expensive...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Great report about one of the lesser-known Gulf airlines!

Thanks, FlyingFinn!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Oman Air looks very good, incredible price, nice IFE, new planes, tasty food, big portions, (mostly) friendly service, low loads (good for pax, bad for the airline, I know) - what more could you ask for?

An upgrade? Just joking!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Shame about the low loads, but I honestly think there are far too many carriers aspiring to be serving a wide variety of destinations in the Gulf area so some of them are bound to be losers in that game.

Yes, I have to agree here.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
If you ask me I'm pretty sure EK will be one of the survivors, they simply have built such a huge operation already that their momentum is hard to resist. Hope WY will be one of them as well!
EK will definitely continue to belong to the winners. I really hope the best for WY.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Dude, how about catering for the poor souls who end up driving to the wrong direction?

I have thought of that aspect, too. But they could have added a gas station.


PH

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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:38 am

Beautiful TR, and another gorgeous carrier from the Arabic Peninsula. I like the seats' fabric, yes it looks odd but it adds a nice touch of colour to the cabin. I'm less convinced by the Business Class seat, doesn't look at the same level of what is offered by, let's say, Etihad.

I heard Oman Air is planning to launch a service to MXP in the future, does anybody confirm? If so, I'd love to give them a try and see Muscat, given that I can find the money needed.

By the way, Oman Air's logo reminds me a little bit of Icelandair's one, anybody got the same impression?
 
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:51 am

Quoting JL418 (Reply 18):
Beautiful TR, and another gorgeous carrier from the Arabic Peninsula.

Many thanks, JL418!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 18):
I heard Oman Air is planning to launch a service to MXP in the future, does anybody confirm? If so, I'd love to give them a try and see Muscat, given that I can find the money needed.

Interesting, haven't heard of that yet. You should definitely try WY.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 18):
By the way, Oman Air's logo reminds me a little bit of Icelandair's one, anybody got the same impression?

Yes, there are similarities.


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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:09 am

Great TR

I am really impressed by Oman Air. The service looks fantastic and the breakfast you got on the MUC-MCT sector is also impressive. Nothing compared to what BA gives on their transatlantic flights to the UK. Also quite surprising that you received a "meal" on your short hop to DXB. I mean, in the US one doesnt even get anything like that for 6hours flights!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
that we even got amenity kits, containing an eyeshade, socks, earplugs and a toothbrush set

Looks like the amenity kit BA gives.

Thank you for sharing

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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:38 am

Fantastic trip report - really enjoyed it!

I would love Oman Air to start flying to Australia in the future sometime. Maybe they can extend one of their Asian services (eg. BKK) through to SYD / MEL.

One of the few bad things about living way down here - not as many airlines as you lucky people in Europe get to travel on!

If DXB was only a few hours away from here I would go for a weekend even!

Thanks again for taking the time to provide such a great report on a little-known carrier to most of us.
 
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:49 am

Hi PH,

Yet another excellent TR. Thanks for sharing! Oman Air certainly look outstanding. Great choice to fly on them! Great pics too.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
"The new Wings of Oman", "Change is here!" and "Celebrate Change With One Great Airline"

It's nice to know that it can actually be backed up with substance.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I tried my luck and was soon surprised about the convenience of the web check-in facility. I entered our data, picked the desired seats on the A330 and the 738 and printed the boarding passes for both flights - it was a matter of just a few minutes.

Great - I guess it is something that these hub airlines must be able to provide well - the ability to get your seats etc sorted for the entire journey.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The colorful seat design may look odd at first sight, but I found it pleasant after a while:

Pretty eccentric but the teal seatbelts are a nice change.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
All seats are equipped with adjustable head and foot rests, bi-fold sliding tables and 10.6-inch seatback-mounted LED screens. Passengers also find a USB and RCA video multi-plug at every seat and an Ethernet socket (RJ45) and PC power port for every double seat.

The entertainment system looks great! This airshow function is one I haven't encountered myself but it looks like it's very informing.

And for a sub 6 hr flight - an amenity kit! Wow.. They are putting a lot of effort into this great Y product!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The meal was not only filling, but also absolutely delicious. Everything tasted very good, and I also liked the presentation. A wide range of drinks was available, too, including beer and wine. There was absolutely no reason to complain about anything!

Good to know. Both meals look great.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Of course I also had a look at Oman Air's Live TV offerings:

Seems like this is the only thing missing from EK's superb IFE. Which makes the Oman Air offering top notch.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I'd prefer soft mood lighting over complete darkness:

Same here - I wonder why they decided against mood lighting as it would have made the complete circle in terms of what was provided.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
and I was lucky to find out that we were perfectly seated to see the famous artificial islands:

Any sight of Burj Khalifa?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
some planes caught my attention,

What a line up!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
There are no jetbridges at Muscat Airport which is good for enthusiasts:

Yep, great how you can get so close to them.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The blue and turquoise cloth seats are very comfortable - and despite the short flight duration pillows had been placed on each seat:
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
"Road art" in the middle of the desert:

To me it seems like either an en-mass u-turn point or someone just ran out of money to continue it! You can make up your mind on which way to go by passing under the bridge for an eternity  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
My Munich-Muscat flight on Oman Air belongs to the most enjoyable ever

I bet it must be somewhere up there! It would have been great to be there with you to experience that. I'm sure I'll get around to that part of the world sometime.


Looking forward to the next part!

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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:52 am

Hi PH,

this is another remarkable report from your side. I actually never thought Oman Air would perform at this level, I'm positively surprised!
Thanks for this very interesting read!

Cheers,
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:17 am

Quoting B747forever (Reply 20):
Great TR

Hi Gabriel, thanks for your comments!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 20):
Looks like the amenity kit BA gives.

Good to hear BA still provides amenity kits.

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 21):
Fantastic trip report - really enjoyed it!
Quoting Thai744 (Reply 21):
Thanks again for taking the time to provide such a great report on a little-known carrier to most of us.

Thanks a lot, Lachlan!

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 21):
I would love Oman Air to start flying to Australia in the future sometime. Maybe they can extend one of their Asian services (eg. BKK) through to SYD / MEL.

Would be nice, but I guess that won't happen anytime soon.

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 21):
One of the few bad things about living way down here - not as many airlines as you lucky people in Europe get to travel on!

Indeed, we cannot complain about a lack of variety.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
Yet another excellent TR. Thanks for sharing! Oman Air certainly look outstanding. Great choice to fly on them! Great pics too.

Hi Nicholas, thanks a lot for your feedback!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
Seems like this is the only thing missing from EK's superb IFE.

True. But I guess Emirates will offer that in the near future, too.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
Any sight of Burj Khalifa?

No, unfortunately.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 22):
I bet it must be somewhere up there! It would have been great to be there with you to experience that.

Absolutely!

Quoting dalce (Reply 23):
this is another remarkable report from your side.

Thank you, Joost! Good to hear from you.

Quoting dalce (Reply 23):
I actually never thought Oman Air would perform at this level, I'm positively surprised!

I was surprised, too, when I first read about the offerings on the new A330s.


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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:03 am

Hi PlaneHunter!

Excellent report on something different; wokderful pictures as well........

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
but ebookers and other travel companies did definitely sell the flights for the incredible price of 260 Euro.

Amazing deal for sich trip!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
While the upholstery is a bit hard, legroom (34 inch) is generous:

Very impressive! Looks very comfortable.......

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I wasn't absolutely satisfied with the headphones either, but they did their job:

I usually use my iPhone earplugs which fits great and has great sound.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
- I hadn't received such a kit on similar night flights on Emirates and Etihad
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
- it even exceeded my expectations by serving a Schweppes Ginger Ale:
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Having Live TV on intercontinental flights is already quite impressive, but Oman Air has meanwhile become the first airline in the world to offer both mobile phone services and WiFi broadband internet on board its flights. Details and prices can be found here:

That's amazing with LiveTV on intercontinental flights! Not even EK has that, last I flew on them in Oct....Wifi is great too!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):


The airshow remained unavailable for about 1.5 hours - almost exactly the time needed to cross Iranian airspace

Sounds very suspicous.....they probably did block it because of the Iranians somehow. ...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Less than four hours after supper the flight attendants started serving breakfast. I was very impressed to see that Oman Air even offered a hot breakfast option on that overnight flight - unlike Emirates and Etihad:

Very impressive but when I flew Etihad in Apr06, we also had two hot meals on AUH-BKK which is of similiar flight length as MUC-MCT.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The airport was still quite deserted in the early morning, but some planes caught my attention, e.g. Royal Air Force VC-10s...

Nice!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):

Shortly after take-off the flight attendants started serving a snack - not just some peanuts, but a tray with water, a mixed fruit juice, a tuna and tomato sandwich and a small Mars bar

That's a lot for such a short flight ! Very nice!

Looking forward very much to partd 2......when you get the chance.....

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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:10 am

Hi PH, a fantastic report! Thanks very much for this comprehensive insight into Oman Air. From the looks of it, WY appears to be a very nice carrier. I'm particularly excited because it's an airline that's coming to airport near me very soon  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I asked her about the passenger load and she told us that the flight would be half empty - good for us, but definitely bad for the airline.

Yes, not so good for the airline for sure, but always puts me in a good mood when I hear it as a passenger.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Front camera view:

This is amazingly clear   

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
shortly after that we even got amenity kits, containing an eyeshade, socks, earplugs and a toothbrush set. This was very impressive

This does look like a premium offering, certainly among the best in Y class these days.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Less than four hours after supper the flight attendants started serving breakfast. I was very impressed to see that Oman Air even offered a hot breakfast option on that overnight flight

Totally impressive! Two hot meals on a short red-eye is almost unheard of these days.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The blue and turquoise cloth seats are very comfortable - and despite the short flight duration pillows had been placed on each seat:

The B738 cabin looks very nice indeed. The winglets look fantastic too!

Thanks again for this report PH. Look forward to the next one.

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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:01 am

Wow, great report. I was very interested to read this as I got back from Oman and Dubai two days ago. My TR (on BA) will be coming in the next few days. When I was in Muscat I actually met some of the Oman Air management team - looks like they're pressing all the right buttons. I think my next trip to the Middle East might be with them.
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:41 pm

Quoting The777Man (Reply 25):
Excellent report on something different; wokderful pictures as well........

Hi Lars, thanks a lot for your feedback!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 25):

I usually use my iPhone earplugs which fits great and has great sound.

That sounds interesting.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 25):
Sounds very suspicous.....they probably did block it because of the Iranians somehow. ...

I'm wondering whether it's still an issue now after a few weeks.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 25):
Looking forward very much to partd 2......when you get the chance.....

Lots of work ahead...

Quoting airpearl (Reply 26):
Hi PH, a fantastic report! Thanks very much for this comprehensive insight into Oman Air.

Hi Airpeal, many thanks! Good to hear you liked the report.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 26):
This is amazingly clear

I was surprised, too.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 26):
This does look like a premium offering, certainly among the best in Y class these days.

Yes indeed, haven't seen anything like that on most carriers.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 27):
Wow, great report.

Thanks, Gabriel!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 27):
My TR (on BA) will be coming in the next few days.

I will watch out for that.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 27):
I think my next trip to the Middle East might be with them.

You should really give WY a try.


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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:44 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
When we reached the door a flight attendant wanted to see our boarding passes again because the plane was about to continue to Abu Dhabi.

Wow, from Dubai to Abu Dhabi? Wouldn't it be an incredibly short flight?

Anyway, great trip report! You totally changed my view of Oman Air and would love to try them one day!
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:02 pm

Excellent report PH!

Wow, I'm mighty impressed by Oman Air, they look very professional and highly customer motivated, at least based on your flights.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Less than four hours after supper the flight attendants started serving breakfast. I was very impressed to see that Oman Air even offered a hot breakfast option on that overnight flight - unlike Emirates and Etihad

- Me too, on my QR J flight a warm breakfast was more on request than an actual offering.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
an Oman Air employee handed out billets to all transit passengers - which turned out to be breakfast vouchers! Unbelievable

- More food!!?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Muscat Airport is not as busy as others in the region, but I managed to log 20 new registrations, including 15 Oman Air planes

- Not bad, especially as it's a bit off the beaten track.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
We were welcomed by a friendly flight attendant who didn't mind about taking pictures at all

- Alwasy good, I do tend to be cautious in this part of the world.

Regards

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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:18 pm

Excellent report - great carrier.

Quoting ryanair!!! (Reply 6):
you can't deny that is a little excessive

When airlines serve too little food, people say their service is poor. When they serve too much, people say it's excessive. It is a no-win situation for the carrier, no?   I can't find a single negative aspect in WY's catering. If you're not hungry, you can always decline.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Lots of space for future projects:

With what money? 

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Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:08 pm

PH - great TR.

Was ever so pleased to see an Oman Air report as it is to me, a very attractive airline; from the beautiful symbols and livery, to that flowing turquoise color scheme... Also, as Arab airlines go, it reminds me of the attraction I had to QR 4 years ago; a small(er) outfit offering a unique and top class product. QR is successfully expanding, and so may Oman. Oman is also a country I would be alot happier transiting in; less manic and (dare I say it) a more diverse landscape than UAE/ Qatar...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The Thales i5000 in-seat Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) system was already operational during boarding. Main menu:

Great - as always should be the case. Air NZ are trailblazers...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
hortly after that we even got amenity kits, containing an eyeshade, socks, earplugs and a toothbrush set. This was very impressive

Nice amenity kit indeed; reminds me of a CX one I got many years ago...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and I was lucky to find out that we were perfectly seated to see the famous artificial islands:

Always a nice wake-up call...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Oman Air employee handed out billets to all transit passengers - which turned out to be breakfast vouchers! Unbelievable - Oman Air wanted to feed us again. Later we found out that the vouchers could be used in a cafeteria or a fast food restaurant. When we were finally able to eat again, the cafeteria was completely full and we went to the fast food restaurant. The voucher was only valid for a fatty meal consisting of fried chicken pieces, fries and a soft drink, but it was still nice to get something for free.

HA! I think I would feel delirious these days if airlines were handing out a solitary grape on transit! - you get nothing for free, so this is amazing. With QR you have to wait 4+ hrs to have a really dingy meal and apple.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Al Ittihad Road:

Aaah, reminds me of driving along here and seeing heavy heavy EK birds swooping in on a dusty morning...

The food looks just spot on, I totally agree with two hot meals - I am have a penchant for airline meals!

Superb once again...
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:49 pm

Quoting Initious (Reply 29):
Anyway, great trip report!

Thanks, Daniel.

Quoting Initious (Reply 29):
You totally changed my view of Oman Air and would love to try them one day!

Good to hear!

Quoting Initious (Reply 29):
Wow, from Dubai to Abu Dhabi? Wouldn't it be an incredibly short flight?

Yes, extremely short. But I'm sure it makes sense for WY to fly MCT-DXB-AUH-MCT, at least at that time of the day.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 30):
Excellent report PH!

Hi Mark, thanks a lot for your feedback!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 30):
- More food!!?

It just didn't stop...  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 30):
- Not bad, especially as it's a bit off the beaten track.

Trust me, it's the perfect place to get Oman Air planes...  
Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 31):
Excellent report - great carrier.

Thanks, Marius!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 31):
With what money?

Well, there's still some money left...I'm sure Dubai will soon start to impress the world again with new projects.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 32):
PH - great TR.
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 32):

Superb once again...

Many thanks, Luke!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 32):
a very attractive airline; from the beautiful symbols and livery, to that flowing turquoise color scheme...

Definitely an impressive combination!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 32):
QR is successfully expanding, and so may Oman.

The expansion plans are rather moderate, I guess that's a wise approach.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 32):
Great - as always should be the case.

Yes, always disappointing to hear that the IFE system will be started after take-off.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 32):
With QR you have to wait 4+ hrs to have a really dingy meal and apple.

Interesting, I didn't know that.


PH

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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:09 pm

Hey, PH,

what a real interesting report.
Not that much to read here about Oman Air, but it was still on my list for travels in February,
well I´ve decied for MS and AT, you know.

Great pictures as well, looking for more now.

Greetings,
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:13 pm

Hi PH,

Your report is beautiful! Just beautiful! It keeps me entertained from the beginning until the end. Nicely written and the pictures... a real joy in the eyes!

Oman Air should hire you as their chief Marketing or PR officer!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
When we reached the door a flight attendant wanted to see our boarding passes again because the plane was about to continue to Abu Dhabi.

That's a short hop! I wonder how long the flight would take.

Thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed it.

Cheers,
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:44 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Why was there such a long climb outwards to the west out of Munich, and then that final U turn towards the East? I know when I flew KU out of Kuwait, we had to fly south-east for a while, before turning back north-west once we had entered Saudi Arabian airspace. Not sure the reason for your flight above.

Good question, I have no idea. It wasn't very busy there in the late evening.

If they weren't that busy, then they would have had no reason to fly out to the West for that duration, and they fly east   
 
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:41 pm

Fantastic report and your pics are perhaps the best I have seen of all the trip reports that feature destinations in the Gulf States. Brilliant ! I also love Oman Air's new colourscheme. It's fantastic. I'm fortunate to see their A330s late each afternoon on descent into LHR over my apartment. Thanks for posting this.

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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:53 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):

Good question, I have no idea. It wasn't very busy there in the late evening.

Standard procedure for the MEBEK SID from runway 26L (see below) which the aircraft appears to have taken. If you had taken off from rwy 26R, a quicker turn to the south and finally east would have most likely been flown.



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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:37 am

Hello, cool report and nice pictures. I really want to try out Oman Air now!

It's hard to tell but is the cutlery plastic or metallic ( I hope they haven't done a Qatar Airways and gone down the plastic patth)

Terminal expansion at Dubai? Again? Is this at Terminal 1?

Would have been nice to spend time in Muscat, I've heard Oman is quite an amazing country.
 
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Sat Mar 27, 2010 2:51 pm

Hey Planehunter!

Enjoyed your report--glad to see you also had a positive experience on Oman Air as I did last December.

How was the Hilton Dubai Creek? I'm still trying to find an excuse to spend a few days in Dubai since I couldn't on my previous trip (due to the Gulf Air flight I was planning to taking being full and having to leave earlier than I was planning to).

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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:08 pm

Hello PH,

Thanks for giving us an insight in this underdog carrier of the Middle East, it was a pleasure to read!
And a good thing that the price was reasonable, that makes it for us a.nutters easier to decide when booking a flight  
Great striping pattern on those A330 seats btw. and I also loved the 'Middle Eastern' architecture of Muscat airport.

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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:17 pm

Hi PH,

Fantastic report and pictures - thanks a lot for your work of putting everything together. Obviously Oman Air really sets new standards in the industry. Let's hope for them that load factors will increase as well, though I'm sure it was nice for you and your brother to have such an empty aircraft on your MUC-MCT-service - especially as it was a night flight.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The colorful seat design may look odd at first sight, but I found it pleasant after a while:

At least it is something special to remember and recognize.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and front camera:

Great feature!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
and I was lucky to find out that we were perfectly seated to see the famous artificial islands:

Fantastic picture.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After taking the first escalator an Oman Air employee handed out billets to all transit passengers - which turned out to be breakfast vouchers! Unbelievable - Oman Air wanted to feed us again.

Really nice service - I have never experienced such a thing on any airline in Economy Class.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Very nice bulkhead wall design on our 738:

Looks nice - I always like it when the cabins represent the airline's country of origin.

Regards
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:35 pm

Great Report! I am very fascinated by that airline. Back last year when they just started service to FRA I bought a ticket for my sister (I'm an IATA Agent) to Chennai, since they had the best schedule and the price was great! What's more is that they offer free Rail&Fly-Railway Tickets from any german train station to the airport as long as your air fare is at least 300 EUR (probably not to dubai   ). I also had to phone their Agency help desk in Germany twice and although all the guys and girls there were new with WY they were incredibly friendly and very accurate. Service on ground, on the phone and on board of course looks very good.

Unfortunately she had to cancel her travel plans, by the way she only had to pay 50 EUR altough it was the cheapest available fare.

At the moment - at least from FRA - WY is the airline with the cheapest round-trip fares to Dubai. The fare is 305 EUR all in and availabilty is generally very good. A nice possibility to try this airline if one needs to get a cheap flight to Dubai.
 
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:41 pm

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 34):
what a real interesting report.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 34):
Great pictures as well, looking for more now.

Thanks for your feedback, Markus!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 35):
Your report is beautiful! Just beautiful! It keeps me entertained from the beginning until the end. Nicely written and the pictures... a real joy in the eyes!

Many thanks, Suryo. I'm glad to hear you liked it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 35):
Oman Air should hire you as their chief Marketing or PR officer!

That would limit my freedom to publish critical reports on a.net...  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 35):
That's a short hop! I wonder how long the flight would take.

I guess about 20 minutes, more or less.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 37):
Fantastic report and your pics are perhaps the best I have seen of all the trip reports that feature destinations in the Gulf States. Brilliant !

Thanks a lot, Palmjet, great to hear.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 37):
I also love Oman Air's new colourscheme. It's fantastic.

Indeed, it belongs to the most attractive liveries in the industry.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 38):
Standard procedure for the MEBEK SID from runway 26L (see below) which the aircraft appears to have taken. If you had taken off from rwy 26R, a quicker turn to the south and finally east would have most likely been flown.

Thanks for pointing that out, Marius. I haven't yet been on many eastbound flights taking off from 26L.

Where can I find those maps online?

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 39):
Hello, cool report and nice pictures. I really want to try out Oman Air now!

Hi Joe, thanks for your reply.

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 39):
It's hard to tell but is the cutlery plastic or metallic ( I hope they haven't done a Qatar Airways and gone down the plastic patth)

The cutlery was made of plastic - at least it didn't look as cheap as on many other carriers.

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 39):
Terminal expansion at Dubai? Again? Is this at Terminal 1?

It's another extension of the existing concourses.

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 39):
Would have been nice to spend time in Muscat, I've heard Oman is quite an amazing country.

Yes, I herad that, too. I may spend a vacation there in the future.

Quoting TR1 (Reply 40):
Hey Planehunter!

Enjoyed your report--glad to see you also had a positive experience on Oman Air as I did last December.

Thanks, Stephen. I still remember your report, it gave me a first impression of the carrier. How were the return flights on WY?

Quoting TR1 (Reply 40):
How was the Hilton Dubai Creek? I'm still trying to find an excuse to spend a few days in Dubai since I couldn't on my previous trip (due to the Gulf Air flight I was planning to taking being full and having to leave earlier than I was planning to).

It's a very good hotel - modern, comfortable and clean rooms, great staff, excellent breakfast buffet. I can only recommend to stay there.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 41):
Hello PH,

Thanks for giving us an insight in this underdog carrier of the Middle East, it was a pleasure to read!

Hi Sultanils, thanks for your feedback, good to hear you enjoyed the report!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 41):
Great striping pattern on those A330 seats

Yes, it's something totally different in a world full of black, dark blue and gray seats.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 41):
I also loved the 'Middle Eastern' architecture of Muscat airport.

Indeed, I liked that, too. Let's hope the airport won't lose its special charm during the modernization and expansion process.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 42):

Fantastic report and pictures - thanks a lot for your work of putting everything together.

Thanks a lot, Christoph!

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 42):
Let's hope for them that load factors will increase as well

I just read that WY will increase frequencies, MUC will get four weekly flights from June. That sounds promising.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 42):
I always like it when the cabins represent the airline's country of origin.

Yes, always nice to see.

Quoting Reifel (Reply 43):
Great Report! I am very fascinated by that airline.

Many thanks, Reifel.

Quoting Reifel (Reply 43):
Back last year when they just started service to FRA I bought a ticket for my sister (I'm an IATA Agent) to Chennai, since they had the best schedule and the price was great! What's more is that they offer free Rail&Fly-Railway Tickets from any german train station to the airport as long as your air fare is at least 300 EUR

Another positive surprise.

Quoting Reifel (Reply 43):
I also had to phone their Agency help desk in Germany twice and although all the guys and girls there were new with WY they were incredibly friendly and very accurate.

Very good to hear.

Quoting Reifel (Reply 43):
The fare is 305 EUR all in and availabilty is generally very good.

That's still a great fare! How about the availability from MUC?


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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:14 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 44):
Thanks for pointing that out, Marius.

You're welcome,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 44):
Where can I find those maps online?

The extract I've shown above is from an actual Jeppesen departure chart of EDDM which I happen to have (but basically is not available on the internet), however, there are very good replicas of them for German airports. For instance, here is the complete MEBEK SID in one file (free of charge): http://edmm.vacc-sag.org/downloads/charts/EDDM/EDDM_SID-08_MEBEK_20091119.pdf

More German airports: http://www.vacc-sag.org/airport/XXXX (XXXX being the ICAO identifier).

For the US it's easier, since the FAA publishes the procedures online (updated with every new AIRAC cycle), to be had by anyone and for free: http://www.naco.faa.gov/index.asp?xml=naco/online/d_tpp

For the rest of the world, especially outside of Europe, google is often the only opportunity.  

Other flight sim-intended websites that I find helpful, also for real world purposes: http://vatroute.net
You won't necessarily find the exact flight route, but it gives you an idea. For exmaple the route from EDDM-OOMS (MCT) obviously starts at waypoint MEBEK, which gave away the SID (Standard Instrument departure), in this case, MEBEK TWO WHISKEY. It matches pretty well with the photograph of the PTV you've shown.

Gone a little bit off topic, I hope you don't mind. If you have any further questions, feel free to send me a PM.
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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:42 pm

Great report! I will certainly make a point of selling WY when they are a valid option!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
My brother and I decided to order the "Koenigsberger Klopse":

 Wow! I don't think I've ever been served Königsberger Klopse on a plane! And it actually looks almost as good as mother used to make!  
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Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:46 pm

Hello PlaneHunter,

great trip report! Thanks for sharing.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and shortly after that we even got amenity kits, containing an eyeshade, socks, earplugs and a toothbrush set. This was very impressive - I hadn't received such a kit on similar night flights on Emirates and Etihad:

I am truly impressed about the service provided on these flights. Not only on the amenity kid, but the food, the seat pitch,... I wasn´t aware of that quality level. Actually, Oman Air at all had been below my radar before this report, but they look like a serious alternative to consider for my Dubai trip later this year.

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RE: The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330

Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:39 pm

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 45):
The extract I've shown above is from an actual Jeppesen departure chart of EDDM which I happen to have (but basically is not available on the internet), however, there are very good replicas of them for German airports. For instance, here is the complete MEBEK SID in one file (free of charge): SID-08_MEBEK_20091119.pdf" target="_blank">http://edmm.vacc-sag.org/downloads/c...DDM/EDDM_SID-08_MEBEK_20091119.pdf

More German airports: http://www.vacc-sag.org/airport/XXXX (XXXX being the ICAO identifier).

Thanks a lot, Marius!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 45):
Gone a little bit off topic, I hope you don't mind.

No, certainly not!

Quoting LH459 (Reply 46):
Great report! I will certainly make a point of selling WY when they are a valid option!

Many thanks! Yes, WY can be recommended whole-heartedly.

Quoting LH459 (Reply 46):
I don't think I've ever been served Königsberger Klopse on a plane! And it actually looks almost as good as mother used to make!

Usually I'm skeptical about minced meat on a plane, but I gave it a try based on the overall first impression of the airline. And it was a good choice.

Quoting MD11Bob (Reply 47):
great trip report! Thanks for sharing.

Thanks, Robert!

Quoting MD11Bob (Reply 47):
I am truly impressed about the service provided on these flights. Not only on the amenity kid, but the food, the seat pitch,... I wasn´t aware of that quality level. Actually, Oman Air at all had been below my radar before this report, but they look like a serious alternative to consider for my Dubai trip later this year.

Yes, you should really consider WY. When are you planning to go - and from which airport? WY just announced it will add another weekly flight from MUC in June.


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Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:28 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 33):
Thanks, Stephen. I still remember your report, it gave me a first impression of the carrier. How were the return flights on WY?

Hey Planehunter:

I took Gulf Air from to London via Bahrain for my onward journey. I still want to spend a holiday in Dubai, though!

Stephen

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