Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, announced a plan to join oneworld Alliance. The airline will be joining oneworld in 2022 and will become an affiliate member.

Oman Air has announced its intention to join the Oneworld Alliance.

on September 26, 2022 by Gary Leff

Oman Air declared its desire to join the Oneworld alliance and that it is working on its application with Qatar Airways (presumably as a sponsor).

In an emailed comment to Reuters, the airline stated, “As the industry rebounds from COVID, airline alliances will be more essential than ever.”

“This will provide us better worldwide connections, a more seamless travel experience, and more lucrative reward programs for our customers.”

Oman Air was established in 1993 and operates out of Muscat with a Boeing 737-300 with crew from Ansett Australia. The airline was a flop as a regional carrier, so the government pumped money into it and expanded its ownership share from one-third to 80 percent in 2007. Oman, like Abu Dhabi, broke away from Gulf Air and began operating its own flights to Europe (London) and Southeast Asia (Bangkok). Over the following three years, the government increased its share in the airline to 99.8%.

Oman Air flies to destinations outside of the Middle East, including Bangkok, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur; approximately ten European destinations; and 17 destinations in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh, as well as flights to Northern Africa, the Gulf region, and four destinations within Oman.

The airline had planned to add 60 destinations and 70 planes by 2022 before the epidemic. Next year, it still intends to expand from 34 to 44 locations.

Despite adhering to Islamic dietary rules when it comes to food, the airline does offer alcohol on flights outside of the Middle East (although not on routes to countries where alcohol is prohibited, nor during Ramadan).

Long-haul flights are served by Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 jets, as well as Airbus A330-200 and -300 planes. Short-haul routes are served by Boeing 737-800, 737-900, and 737 MAX 8 planes.

On Airbus A330-300 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft, they provide flat beds in long-haul business class and a first-class cabin.

Oman Air Announces Plan To Join Oneworld Alliance Oman Air is responsible for this image.

The Sindbad Club is Oman Air’s frequent flyer program, and they’ve been known to status match on occasion. However, achieving oneworld elite status today would be much too soon — the application procedure, if granted, typically takes at least a year and a half.

When visiting two Alila Hotels (Hyatt) hotels that I’ve been eyeing: Alila Jabal Akhdar and Alila Hinu Bay, I’d be most likely to fly with Oman Air.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you become a member of oneworld alliance?

There are a few ways to become a member of the oneworld alliance. One way is by being born into one of the countries that has already joined the oneworld alliance, or by obtaining citizenship in one of those countries.

Is Oman Air part of any alliance?

Oman Air is a privately owned airline company.

How do you get oneworld status?

Oneworld is a airline alliance. To get oneworld status you must be a member of the alliance and have an active ticket.

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