Oman Air's new Boeing 787 first class suites are cosy Dreamliner dens

By David Flynn, April 23 2018
Oman Air's new Boeing 787 first class suites are cosy Dreamliner dens

Oman Air will fit 'First Class Mini Suites' to a new tranche of Boeing 787-9 jets, joining the handful of airlines with the confidence to bring a first class travel experience to the Dreamliner.

Many airlines – including Qantas – have chosen to cap their Boeing 787-9s with business class, but Oman Air is going all the way with fully-enclosed suites featuring sliding privacy doors some 1.4 metres high.

Passengers will enjoy what's become the new norm for first class including an in-suite chilled mini-bar, a personal wardrobe plus dedicated stowage for carry-on bags.

The 23-inch wide seat becomes 30 inches once you drop the armrests and converts into fully flat bed measuring 76 inches (1.9 metres) from head to heels.

The ottoman can be used by a guest inflight, with a large table providing room to share a meal above the clouds.

A 22 inch video screen, two high-power USB ports and of course an AC socket round out the roster.

A spokesman for Oman Air tells Australian Business Traveller that the airline expects to be flying four of the new Boeing 787-9s by year's end, with the jets dedicated to popular routes into Europe. 

Oman Air's current Boeing 787-9 fleet tops out at business class, but the airline has not advised if those existing jets will be refitted with the new suites.

Oman Air has codeshare partnerships with Etihad for passengers flying from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and Perth (at least until Etihad pulls out of the WA capital in October) to Abu Dhabi, and Malaysia Airlines on flights from Melbourne and Auckland to Kuala Lumpur.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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19 Jan 2018

Total posts 87

That's a nice looking product. It's a shame Oman Air's international network is not yet that extensive.

13 Sep 2016

Total posts 177

Very nice, reminds me of Etihad's Boeing 787 first class suites. Not wanting to start a firefight but I think this is the sort of thing that Qantas should have put on its Boeing 787-9s, even just one row of four suites.

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1245

I think four seats is a good number for F. Eight is slightly ambitious imo.


23 Oct 2015

Total posts 26

I like the look of this.

Just answering the point on 4 seats being sufficient F - SQ has dropped all of it's 777's from 8 to 4 and now its getting very difficult to get on the flight you want, on the day you want. Sad loss - next trip is on EK as they can give me seats when I want and to the destination I want.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2017

Total posts 84

So then people on AUSBT could complain how their F "experience" wasn't worth the extra $/points from J?
Honestly, the gap between business and first class, is so small now, I think airlines are justified to cap it at business class.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Apr 2017

Total posts 135

An extremely underrated airline. Flew them in Y and J via KL before and probably the best airline I've flown. Hopefully the new Muscat airport brings the ground product that they desperately need.

Also 8 first suites on a Dreamliner...that is indeed ambitious.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2017

Total posts 79

If only QF had this product. 17 hours or more on an outdated J class product. I’ll stay with SQ and Qatar. Lost opportunity by QF


21 Jul 2011

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This is F (on Oman). What is outdated about the new QF J product?

03 Apr 2018

Total posts 4

I was thinking the same thing..

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Mar 2018

Total posts 3

PER -> LHR J seats don't feel new at all. They're perfectly fine, but realistically didn't feel any real difference between those and the A380/A330 business seats, except that there is aisle access for all if I remember correctly.

The food was superior, but the seat itself just felt old.


19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1423

These QF 787 seats are quite different to the A380 seats but are the same as the A330 seat. I don't like the ,well, that your legs slide into as it hampers some movement, and make curing up very tricky.

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