Oman Air will join the Oneworld alliance

Qantas will soon have a new partner in the Middle East, with Oman Air planning to enter Oneworld by 2024.

By Staff Writers, June 21 2022
Oman Air will join the Oneworld alliance

Oman Air will join the global Oneworld airline alliance by 2024, putting it alongside American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Qatar Airways and more.

The Muscat-based carrier will work with its regional neighbour Qatar Airways, who will act as sponsor for Oman Air’s entry into Oneworld, providing guidance and support as the airline integrates into the alliance. It’s a strategic move, given Qatar’s CEO Akbar Al Baker is also currently Chairman of the Oneworld Board. 

Al Baker had been in negotiations with the airline for some time, revealing to Executive Traveller that he felt it it his duty to grow the alliance for members.

Despite the close proximity of Oman and Jordan to Qatar – the nations flank either end of the Arabian Peninsula – Al Baker says “even if (airlines) are in the same area, there is so much opportunity.”

“For example, we work very closely with Royal Jordanian, we code-share with them, we have grown our business tremendously, and we see that there is still room to include others.”

A defining moment for Oman Air

“Oman Air’s admittance into Oneworld represents a defining moment in our journey to provide passengers with greater travel options through our developing partnerships and alliances. We’re delighted to be joining the world's foremost airline alliance at a time when demand for travel is on the rise”, said Oman Air CEO Eng Abdulaziz Al Raisi.

“We look forward to welcoming Oneworld members onboard Oman Air to experience the height of Omani hospitality and all that the Sultanate of Oman has to offer in terms of history, culture and natural beauty.”

Oman Air will be Oneworld’s third member airline based in the Middle East, alongside Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian. The alliance also welcomed Royal Air Moroc and Alaska Airlines to the fold in recent years.

“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,” the airline has previously said. 

What Oman Air brings to the Oneworld table

Although relatively unknown to Australian travellers, Oman Air counts a fleet of more than 40 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, Oman Air flies to five Oneworld member airline hubs – Amman, Colombo, Doha, Kuala Lumpur and London Heathrow – and already codeshares with four oneworld member airlines: Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian and SriLankan Airlines.

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

Once Oman Air joins Oneworld in 2024, 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.

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21 Jul 2011

Total posts 83

Love flying them. Great J fares out of Asia to Europe. MCT airport is a dream to deal with and if you have to transit they have a good airside hotel next to their lounge which is better than the average airline Lounge

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Oct 2016

Total posts 126

Excellent, obviously not coming to AU, bu I flew with them from SIN to CDG4 years ago, extra couple of hours over SG, but half the price anter than some of the transfer options

Seats are like JAL but much longer, since I am 195cm it is a huge difference

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Oct 2016

Total posts 126

Excellent, obviously not coming to AU, bu I flew with them from SIN to CDG4 years ago, extra couple of hours over SG, but half the price and better than some of the other transfer options

Seats are like JAL but much longer, since I am 195cm it is a huge difference

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Sep 2017

Total posts 17

A solid airline and a welcome, natural fit for OneWorld.

In recent years, Oman Air has focused on its codeshare connections network with Malaysia Airlines between Kuala Lumpur and Australian cities. MH also codeshares on WY already.


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