Oman Air wants to join the Oneworld alliance

Qantas could soon have a new partner in the Middle East, as Oman Air seeks to join the Oneworld ranks.

By Chris Chamberlin, September 27 2021
Oman Air wants to join the Oneworld alliance

Oman Air hopes to join the global Oneworld airline alliance, putting it alongside American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, and more.

The carrier has approached its regional neighbour Qatar Airways for assistance in getting aboard – a strategic move, given Qatar’s CEO is also currently Chairman of the Oneworld Governing Board.

“As the industry recovers from COVID, airline alliances are going to be more important than ever,” an Oman Air spokesperson told Reuters.

“This will provide us with excellent global connectivity, a seamless travel experience and more valuable loyalty offerings for our guests.”

If successful, Oman Air would be Oneworld’s third member airline based in the Middle East, alongside Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian.

“At any time, there are ongoing discussions with a range of prospective members but we do not comment on any specific airlines,” a Oneworld spokesperson tells Executive Traveller.

"As airlines recover from COVID-19, alliances will become more important by providing global connectivity as airlines reshape their networks, many with reduced fleets when compared to their pre-COVID size.”

What Oman Air brings to the Oneworld table

Although relatively unknown to Australian travellers, Oman Air counts a fleet of almost 50 aircraft among its stable.

This includes Boeing 787s and Airbus A330s equipped with private suites in first class:

Those Dreamliners also provide fully-flat beds in business class, mirroring the design of Japan Airlines’ Sky Suites and Korean Air’s better Prestige Class cabins.

Oman Air's Airbus A330 business class cabin mirrors the airline's Boeing 787.. Andrea Tabanelli
Oman Air's Airbus A330 business class cabin mirrors the airline's Boeing 787.
Andrea Tabanelli

From its hub at Muscat International Airport, the airline normally serves a host of key destinations including London (Heathrow), as well as Frankfurt, Milan, Munich, Moscow and Paris in Europe.

Its network also spans across Asia, the Middle East and Africa, encompassing Abu Dhabi, Amman, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beirut, Colombo, Delhi, Doha, Dubai, Guangzhou, Istanbul, Jakarta, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait City, Manila, Malé, Manama, Mumbai, Riyadh and Singapore, among many others.

The benefits to Oneworld travellers

Should Oman Air’s efforts to join Oneworld prove successful, members of all Oneworld frequent flyer programs would be able to earn and spend points or miles aboard Oman Air flights.

This would include Qantas Frequent Flyer members being able to spend Qantas Points for travel with Oman Air.

In addition to economy class travel, Oman Air flights in business class and first class would very likely be bookable using points or miles, which the airline already allows frequent flyers to reserve through partner programs such as Etihad Guest.

Add to that, Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members would gain lounge access and fast-track perks like priority check-in and boarding when travelling with Oman Air, benefiting cardholders such as Qantas Gold and Platinum members.

As a member of Oneworld, Oman Air flights could also be included when planning a round-the-world trip with Oneworld: whether using cash, or as part of a multi-city award booking.

Once alliance-wide upgrades are rolled out across the alliance, those too would become available when travelling with Oman Air.

Also read: Oneworld plans rollout of alliance-wide points-based upgrades by end of 2021

Chris Chamberlin

A Brisbane-based contributor to Executive Traveller, Chris Chamberlin lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

Qantas

01 Jun 2016

Total posts 33

No doubt Qatar planes are awesome. However, If Oman Air will lower taxes on award flights it could give some competition to Qatar and may force Qatar to drop their taxes.

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

Total posts 643

Oman Air are a sold carrier. New aircraft, new airport at Muscat with a very nice lounge. I think they'd be a great fit. Omani's are the friendliest of all Gulf Arab countries as well as being quite beautiful place. It's authentic Arabia; modern enough without all the glitz and glamour of its neighbours. Makes for an awesome stopover and has amazing resorts-The Chedi being my absolute fav.

AT
AT

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Sep 2012

Total posts 363

I’ve only heard great feedback about Oman.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Sep 2017

Total posts 17

I've only heard good things about Oman Air. It also makes sense for Oman Air to join OneWorld, given its codesharing agreement with Malaysian for the Australian market. I just wonder if Qatar (and to a lesser extent Royal Jordanian) would not be in favour of this.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Apr 2017

Total posts 136

Oh please yes. Flown them a fair few times between Kuala Lumpur and Muscat (and onto other destinations in the Gulf). Very underrated business class and one of the world's best economy classes. 

Akbar might not be happy but with Oman, Qatar and RAM (lesser extent Jordanian) in the alliance, Oneworld will largely have my predominately Middle East and North/West Africa travel covered. 

bsb
bsb

21 Jul 2011

Total posts 74

Love WY. I’ve done (old version F) and J on them and whilst not quite at QR level they’re better than most other OW carries. The new 787 J is great. 

MCT is a beautiful new terminal and the WY lounge is great - this sounds random, but I ate the best pear of my life there - I still remember it 3 years on (goodness knows where it was imported from). 

Love the transit hotel airside and the whole place is easy to navigate and is much calmer than DOH. 

Oman is a beautiful country and the people are less uptight than some of their neighbours. It’s not got the glitz of UAE, but it feels more real. 

If they join I’ll be extremely happy. 


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