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konkret
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Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Sun Sep 26, 2021 3:48 pm

Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership with the help of Qatar Airways:

https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/2 ... membership
 
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Re: Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Sun Sep 26, 2021 3:52 pm

Interesting, though with QR and RJ already in the alliance I'm not sure what Oman Air would bring in addition?
 
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Re: Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Sun Sep 26, 2021 4:22 pm

timboflier215 wrote:
Interesting, though with QR and RJ already in the alliance I'm not sure what Oman Air would bring in addition?


It’s probably more Oman Air looking for additional feed and connectivity on the spokes of its network. Oman Air isn’t really going after the QR super connector model.
 
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Re: Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:01 pm

I was about to say, seems a bit redundant. But eh, another quality airline to choose from. Who's complaining!
 
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Re: Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:25 pm

BangersAndMash wrote:
I was about to say, seems a bit redundant. But eh, another quality airline to choose from. Who's complaining!


I've heard horrible stories about WY employees. They have a great hard product but their ground and inflight staff drag them down considerably.
 
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Re: Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:57 pm

usflyer msp wrote:
BangersAndMash wrote:
I was about to say, seems a bit redundant. But eh, another quality airline to choose from. Who's complaining!


I've heard horrible stories about WY employees. They have a great hard product but their ground and inflight staff drag them down considerably.


I'm surprised by that. Haven't flown them myself but I've heard overwhelmingly good things about the airline, on product and service. And MCT is a nice airport. I'd happily change planes there.
 
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Re: Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:16 pm

usflyer msp wrote:
BangersAndMash wrote:
I was about to say, seems a bit redundant. But eh, another quality airline to choose from. Who's complaining!


I've heard horrible stories about WY employees. They have a great hard product but their ground and inflight staff drag them down considerably.

I've flown them a few times and have never encountered anything similar to what you heard.
 
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Re: Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:18 pm

usflyer msp wrote:
BangersAndMash wrote:
I was about to say, seems a bit redundant. But eh, another quality airline to choose from. Who's complaining!


I've heard horrible stories about WY employees. They have a great hard product but their ground and inflight staff drag them down considerably.


Opposite to what I've heard too. Everyone who I know who has flown them, and some repeatedly, rave about their on board service and product.
 
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Re: Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Sun Sep 26, 2021 7:25 pm

I read the article, that they want to become a full member ?

Or "just" a OneWorld connect member like Fiji Airways ?
 
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Re: Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Sun Sep 26, 2021 7:32 pm

Not super surprising since QR and WY are so close already. If WY wants that global touch after covid restrictions wane, joining ow seems the way to go.
IIRC, their second largest codeshare partner is MH too. OW makes sense. They could pick up a bit of feed at places like LHR, NRT, and DME. Only thing standing in their way is their LH codeshare/partnership, but not sure how that is holding up with covid and all. I don't see any member airlines objecting to this, at least, and there's no good reason why they shouldn't if they're willing to pay dues.
 
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Re: Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:52 pm

I flew them once in business class and they were pretty good, but less streamlined as the big guys like QR and EK. For me they are welcome, more opportunities. I hope EY will join an alliance too, Star has little in the mid east.
 
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Re: Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Mon Sep 27, 2021 1:50 pm

Hopefully this turns into oneworld (Connect) membership for Oman Air.
While many here dispute the relevance of alliances- on a personal note, I find myself preferring to fly on carriers that have a partnership with the AAdvantage program, which usually leads to me seeking out oneworld partners. I wouldn't inconvenience my travel greatly to stick to oneworld but I am usually prepared to add one connection or pay slightly more to remain 'loyal' which allows me to enjoy the perks of being AAdvantage Platinum.

Hopefully Oman Air is the first of a few to expand the alliance-

RwandAir which I believe has a direct QR investment in the airline and the country's Bugesera International Airport would be a great addition to expand intra-African connectivity.
Perhaps GOL in Brazil with AA's latest investment.
I wonder if China Southern would ever join?

Cheers,
AA1818
 
konkret
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Re: Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Mon Sep 27, 2021 3:04 pm

cityshuttle wrote:
I read the article, that they want to become a full member ?

Or "just" a OneWorld connect member like Fiji Airways ?


I would say they will go for the full membership, nothing suggests otherwise.
They are many times bigger than Fiji Airways. They are bigger than Royal Jordanian.
 
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Re: Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Mon Sep 27, 2021 5:16 pm

aa1818 wrote:
While many here dispute the relevance of alliances- on a personal note, I find myself preferring to fly on carriers that have a partnership with the AAdvantage program, which usually leads to me seeking out oneworld partners. I wouldn't inconvenience my travel greatly to stick to oneworld but I am usually prepared to add one connection or pay slightly more to remain 'loyal' which allows me to enjoy the perks of being AAdvantage Platinum.


And that is the reason alliances are staying. Quite a lot of people who have a frequent flyer card only have one and will stick to their alliance like glue to maximise their benefits. People only say alliances are dead because there have been more joint ventures lately and hardly any airlines joining alliances. The fact that a) alliances don't need to constantly grow to be relevant and b) that most airlines are in alliances seems to escape most people.

Hope Oman Air do join, I'd love to try them!
 
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Re: Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:26 am

Tbh I am surprised Star Alliance never courted WY, given they have a big gap in the Gulf region. I would have thought WY would have been a perfect choice for Star Alliance, its only other member in the region being Egypt Air. (and doesn't LH codeshare with WY?)
But either way, WY is a great addition to any alliance - great cabin service, good reputation, a new Muscat airport, and the prospect of a stop over in beautiful Oman. The natural charms Oman has to offer (friendly people, culture, scenery, beaches) trumps the fake glitz of Dubai anytime.
 
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Re: Oman Air intends to apply for Oneworld membership

Tue Sep 28, 2021 10:12 am

Same. I've flown them a couple of times and connected in MCT and it was all fine, very pleasant experiance.

Not sure what they bring to OneWorld though tbh, but as someone else said, why not!

eta unknown wrote:
usflyer msp wrote:
BangersAndMash wrote:
I was about to say, seems a bit redundant. But eh, another quality airline to choose from. Who's complaining!


I've heard horrible stories about WY employees. They have a great hard product but their ground and inflight staff drag them down considerably.

I've flown them a few times and have never encountered anything similar to what you heard.

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