aceboy44
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Oman Air Business Class Experience

Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:30 pm

Good morning my optimistic and energetic readers

Today, I’m going to share with you my Oman Air business class experience from Kuwait – Kuala Lumpur which took place last year in January. Although this flight took place one year ago, rest assured that to my knowledge some Oman Air fleet of A330 still maintain the 1 – 2 – 1 business cabin configuration. Although this trip took place 1 year ago, I will do my best to remember as much details as possible on that flight.

I decided to experience Oman Air for the first time in my life since they had a special promotion on their business class fares (believe it or not, their business class fares were as cheap as Srilankan business class if not even cheaper.) Using this opportunity to my advantage I decided to fly Oman Air to experience their famous business class cabin.

Flight: WY 648
Route: KWI - MCT
Date: 27 January, 2014
Departure: 20:55
Seat: 01B
Aircraft: B737

After checking in the business class counter and clearing immigration, I was invited to sit in the pearl lounge while waiting for my flight to get ready. As you can see from the pictures, the lounge was not crowded at that time. Kindly note that I have visited this lounge prior to the recent renovations which took place last year as well.

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I don’t recall priority boarding taking place for my flight to MCT. The business class was full back then, and I had to transit in MCT for 9 hours to my next flight to KUL.

The bulkhead view from my seat:
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The seat controls:
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The flight was comfortable for this 2 hours trip. After landing in MCT I decided to relax in the lounge since 9 hours in transit was too much! To my surprise, the transfer counter in MCT decided to give me a complimentary hotel night to relax while waiting for my next flight to KUL. Of course, I had other passengers to join me since they also had a long transit time.

Hotel lobby:
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Elevator:
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Keycard:
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Bedroom:
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In the morning I was anxious to try the business class lounge, which unfortunately, turned out a bit of a disappointment for me. Although the lounge is for the exclusive use of Oman Air premium passengers, I did not feel it to be that luxurious compared to Gulf Air falcon lounge in Bahrain. Anyways I had only 2 hours to spare to explore the lounge.

Flight: WY 823
Route: MCT - KUL
Date: 28 January, 2014
Departure: 09:25
Seat: 11A
Aircraft: A330

This time we had priority boarding, as business class passengers had their own exclusive bus to taxi them to the aircraft. Immediately after boarding I was just amazed by how luxurious and exclusive the cabin looked like. I have never seen such cabin in my life back then.

Views of the tarmac from the bus:
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Welcome aboard:
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My seat is 11A:
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An amenity kit, hot towel, headphones, and menu distributed upon sitting in my seat:
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The amenity kit consisted of lip-stick, facial mist, body lotion, ear plugs, toothbrush, socks, and eye shades.

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Generous amount of windows (if I remember correctly, they were 3 windows per seat http://i59.tinypic.com/34ef4i0.jpg

In-flight service after take off (sorry I can’t remember the exact name of the menu, but it was super good!)
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I had a chat with the cabin crew. One of them was of Iranian nationality. I asked her about the load of the business class cabin, and whether or not it’s usually this empty. She told me that during school holidays the business class easily gets filled, but since I was travelling in January the cabin was empty. She also told me they split the cabin into two parts: one for the families (with kids) and one for people who don’t want to sit with kids in their cabin (talk about flexibility and win-win situation.) In addition to that the cabin crew was friendly with me  

Nap time after the meal (extremely comfortable 180 degrees bed.) I don’t feel like closing my window blinds…..
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No trip report is complete without an engine view:
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After the main course by few housr I was given Mahlabiya as sweets, which was tasty:
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No overhead compartments in the middle seat:
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The seats are so comfortable that passengers can fall asleep even with my window blinds open.
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One final meal with hot towel prior to landing (again very delicious)
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Approaching Kuala Lumpur during sunset:
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We touched down in the evening, and this was one of my best flights in my life. I definitely would consider flying Oman Air again if they keep having promotions and maintain their 1 – 2 – 1 configuration. I stayed in Kuala Lumpur for two nights only, and now its time to fly back home.

Flight: WY 822
Route: KUL - MCT
Date: 30 January, 2014
Departure: 14:10
Seat: 12K
Aircraft: A330

I was invited to the MAS golden lounge, which in my opinion is the finest lounge in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. See the pictures and tell me whether you agree with me or not.

Heading towards the lounge:
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List of airlines that can access this lounge:
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On the left side of the lounge with excellent views of the tarmac:
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Turning 180 degrees for another picture (still on the left side of the lounge)
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Food table:
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Newspapers:
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On the right side of the lounge to the very far end:
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Turning 180 degrees for another angle of the right hand side of the lounge:
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Food:
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A library inside the lounge to relax or access the business center:
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After exploring the lounge and having had a good time and meals there I decided to go to the aircraft since it was time for boarding. I can not remember whether or not there was priority boarding.

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This is how the first class cabin looks like. A total of 6 first class chairs onboard.
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While I can’t say for certain, I believe that the screen was a just a little big bigger than the seats in business class:

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I would love to sit in that chair some day……
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Now headed to my seat which was in the business class cabin:
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We took off smoothly so I decided to take some photos of the in-flight entertainment since I didn’t do it on my first flight. First of all a picture of the engine then the in-flight entertainment photos will pop up.

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This is the main menu for the in-flight entertainment:
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This is the forward camera onboard:
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This is bottom camera onboard:
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This is the map:
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Entertainment (which consisted of recently released movies)
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Comfortable smooth flight:
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The meal onboard the flight (it was not that good if I remember correctly)
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Descending:
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Our journey ends here:
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I had less than 2 hours transit in MCT for my flight back home.

Conclusion:

This was my first time flying Oman Air, and I wasn’t expecting much from my flight since the airline is not well-recognized like Emirates and Qatar Airways. I had a very pleasant and comfortable experience onboard all my flights with Oman Air. The movies in the in-flight entertainment were very recent (back in 2014,) and I was pleased that I can watch the movies which I missed watching in the cinema onboard the flight. For the price I paid, the value definitely exceeded the cost, and I would happily consider flying Oman Air again in the future when they have promotions.

I hope they maintain their 1 - 2 - 1 business class configuration and not switch them to the 2-2-2 configuration.
 
ElanusNotatus
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RE: Oman Air Business Class Experience

Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:38 am

Hi,

Thanks for another great trip report.

Oman Air's business class on the A330 is one of the best in the industry. The space and comfort of its 1-2-1 configuration make it rival some airline's first class offerings.

Regards,
EN
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Carfield
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RE: Oman Air Business Class Experience

Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:40 am

Thanks for a great report!

Oman Air is a wonderful boutique airline, and its business class cabin is like first class in many airlines.

Unfortunately, they are introducing a new seat in some of the newly delivered A330-300s. They are using the same business class seats as JAL business class suites. They still have that direct-aisle access, but are nothing like the 1-2-1 seating configuration.

Carfield
 
nethkt
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RE: Oman Air Business Class Experience

Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:02 am

Amazing hard products on Oman A330-300.
They came out with a bang but then realized that this is a bit much hence the new cfg on newly delivered 330s.
Thank you for sharing this trip.

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aerdingus
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RE: Oman Air Business Class Experience

Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:47 am

Ooh very impressive with the hotel for the night stop! I suppose because you paid a business fare? Looks very very nice.
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emek96
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RE: Oman Air Business Class Experience

Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:46 pm

Hi aceboy44!


Again, nice report!
Onboard product of Oman air looks really impressive, I think other airlines are using this seat in First class.
Also nice to see KUL airport, which I like a lot.


Sadly, as far as i heard, they will change their layout form this 1/2/1 to a standard 2/2/2 layout....



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aceboy44
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RE: Oman Air Business Class Experience

Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:47 pm

Thank you all for your kind words. Much appreciated  
Quoting aerdingus:
Ooh very impressive with the hotel for the night stop! I suppose because you paid a business fare? Looks very very nice

My apologies! I forgot to mention that this hotel is booked for economy class passengers, and business class passengers should stay in 5* hotels. Since 5* hotels were "fully booked" that night, they have given me a hotel stay with economy class passengers.

Although I was disappointed that they did not try (I did not see them make phone calls and search for vacant other 5* hotels) booking me with another 5* hotel, however, the fact that they have given me a hotel to sleep in, as opposed to leaving me transiting 9 hours in the business class lounge, was greatly appreciated  
 
Aviationman777
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RE: Oman Air Business Class Experience

Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:33 am

Thanks for this nice reporter
Do you want to try oman air again?
 
aceboy44
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RE: Oman Air Business Class Experience

Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:39 am

Quoting Aviationman777:
Do you want to try oman air again?

Having experienced a variety of reputable airlines for long-haul flights, I would definitely not consider flying with Oman Air in the future. Their business class lounge in their home airport (Muscat) is extremely poor compared to neighbor business class lounges (Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Etihad,) I was not given a 5* hotel stay when I flew business class for my 10 hours transit (I believe Emirates would provide business & first class passengers with a 5* hotel stay for transit exceeding 6 hours,) and finally, I am still puzzled as to why their business class fares are higher than Emirates and Qatar Airways business class fares.

If Oman Air managed to price their business class fares similar to Emirates and Qatar Airways, and manages to keep their old business class configuration (1-2-1,) then I may consider them for future flights, but with its over-priced business class fares and new, poorly designed business class cabin I would definitely not consider them for my future flights.
 
directorguy
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RE: Oman Air Business Class Experience

Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:57 am

Thank you for sharing this wonderful report.
Bear in mind that Oman Air has invested a lot in their premium product on their A330s but that their 737s particularly in Economy class leave a lot to be desired. at the end of the day only a handful of routes get a widebodied aircraft. In this aspect QR in particular offers a better experience.
The transit at MCT however is very easy and yes it gets crowded around midnight but it's mostly fine. Nothing like the crazy operation EK runs at DXB which makes for a very stressful experience.

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