After just a few beautiful days at Alila Hinu Bay, it was time to proceed our journey to the opposite facet of Oman. Oman Air is considered one of my favourite airways, and we have been capable of fly Oman Air’s unbelievable A330 enterprise class from Salalah to Muscat. What an superior flight it was.
How I booked our Oman Air enterprise class tickets
Oman Air operates a number of every day flights between Salalah and Muscat, and the airline is a reasonably new accomplice of Air Canada Aeroplan (I really like what number of companions Aeroplan has). I managed to guide enterprise class on the next flight for 15,000 Aeroplan factors plus $36.60 in taxes and charges per individual:
02/20 WY908 Salalah to Muscat departing 5:40PM arriving 7:15PM
This explicit flight was even operated by an A330. Most different frequencies out there are operated by the 737 MAX. Frankly I’d have most well-liked a kind of flights purely to assessment a brand new product (though it’s inferior), however sadly this was the flight that labored greatest schedule-wise, and had award availability.
Oman Air enterprise class boarding
Within the final installment I reviewed Oman Air’s Al Khareef Lounge at Salalah Airport, so let’s decide up on the departure gate. Our flight was departing from gate 4A, and boarding was scheduled to start out at 4:40PM, one hour earlier than departure.
In actuality, it’s simply the gate that opened up an hour earlier than departure. Boarding passes have been scanned as you entered the gate, and at that time you have been already thought-about to be on the aircraft, for all sensible functions.
The inbound flight arrived proper across the identical time, so we might see passengers deplaning by the doorways. Our flight gave the impression to be fairly packed (particularly in economic system), with principally locals touring.
At round 5PM boarding lastly began, with enterprise class and people needing additional time being invited to board first.
Oman Air enterprise class cabin & seats
Let me say upfront that I’ve reviewed a lot of Oman Air’s premium merchandise earlier than, together with Oman Air’s outdated A330 enterprise class, Oman Air’s new A330 enterprise class, Oman Air’s 787 enterprise class, and Oman Air’s 787 first-class. So I’ll maintain this assessment pretty transient.
This flight was operated by Oman Air’s A330-200 that includes the brand new enterprise class product, which consists of Apex Suites. That is considered one of my favourite enterprise class seats on the market. Oman Air’s A330-200s have 30 enterprise class seats, unfold throughout 5 rows in a 2-2-2 configuration. The ahead cabin had three rows, whereas the rear cabin had two rows.
I assigned us seats 15A & 15B, the window and aisle seat within the final row of enterprise class on the left. Whereas the aisle seats on this configuration are nothing particular, the window seats on this configuration are amongst my favourite enterprise class seats on the market.
Why are the window seats so nice? As a result of they’ve an enormous quantity of privateness and area. There’s a partition that goes up between the 2 seats, so that you principally have a collection of types whenever you’re within the window seat on this configuration.
There’s no small footwell it’s important to put your foot in, however slightly you will have an enormous ottoman on which you’ll be able to place your toes. There’s additionally storage beneath the ottoman.
Within the window seats you even have direct entry to the aisle, as there’s a path in entrance of the aisle seat.
To at least one facet of the seat have been the leisure controls and partition controls, and to the opposite facet of the seat have been the seat controls.
The tray desk prolonged from the middle armrest, and there have been additionally just a few uncovered storage areas alongside this a part of the seat.
Sadly Oman Air doesn’t have particular person air nozzles on the A330, which is a characteristic I worth.
There have been two toilets positioned in enterprise class between the 2 cabins. They have been pretty small, although did have home windows, which is form of cool.
I feel this could be the world’s greatest A330 enterprise class arduous product.
Oman Air enterprise class facilities
Boarding was fairly hectic, as there have been a ton of households in economic system, and lots of dad and mom weren’t doing an incredible job controlling their youngsters. Additionally, I used to be amazed by the variety of individuals utilizing their smartphones with out headphones, whether or not they have been simply watching TV on their telephone, or making a telephone name with the loudspeaker on.
Since everybody boarded by the second set of doorways, I ought to have most likely booked us within the ahead cabin, on reflection. Happily Oman Air has some enjoyable boarding music, which is amongst my favourite airline boarding music.
Shortly after settling in, one of many pleasant flight attendants provided us a alternative of a scorching or chilly towel. So many airways have minimize towels in the course of the pandemic, so it was good to see these make a return.
We have been additionally provided pre-departure drinks, with the selection of lemon mint juice or orange juice. I chosen the previous, and it was served with a canopy.
We have been additionally given a bottle of water, a pair of headphones, and a hygiene equipment.
The headphones have been positive, however nothing particular.
The hygiene equipment had a face masks, two anti-bacterial wipes, and two packets of hand sanitizer.
There was additionally a pillow at every seat, with blankets obtainable upon request.
Oman Air departure from Salalah
At round 5:30PM the primary cabin door closed, at which level the captain made his welcome aboard announcement, informing us of our flight time of 80 minutes. Shortly thereafter the inflight supervisor made his announcement, informing us that the crew spoke Arabic, English, French, Bosnian, and Swahili.
Typically talking, Oman Air has male cabin crew from Oman, after which feminine cabin crew from different nations. So in that sense the airline is just like Saudia, and completely different than Emirates or Qatar (although in contrast to at Saudia, the boys usually work fairly arduous as effectively).
A few minutes after the door closed we started our pushback, at which level the security video was screened.
Oman Air’s security video is vacation spot targeted, and is form of cool.
By 5:35PM we started our taxi, and simply 10 minutes later we have been cleared for takeoff on runway 25.
We had a easy climb out of Salalah, and I had an incredible view of the engine and wing from my seat.
Oman Air enterprise class meal service
The inflight service started simply 10 minutes after takeoff. The 2 meal choices have been described as rooster tikka with a prawn sandwich, or a vegetable sandwich with grape leaves. We have been requested what we needed to drink with it — Oman Air doesn’t serve alcohol on home flights, so I simply ordered a water.
I chosen the non-vegetarian choice, which was superbly offered. The principle plate had a prawn sandwich and rooster tikka, then there have been two bread rolls, after which there was a fruit tart for dessert. Yum.
The vegetarian choice was a bit completely different, and got here with a facet salad slightly than dessert. The dish in any other case seemed fairly good.
After the meal I ordered a espresso, which was served on a cute tray with a cookie and a few milk.
There was an area man serving our aisle, and he was tremendous pleasant.
Oman Air enterprise class leisure & Wi-Fi
Oman Air has a reasonably respectable leisure system, with a wide range of films and TV reveals.
Relatively frustratingly, you may solely browse the choice by way of the hand held monitor, although. Or perhaps there’s one thing I’m lacking?
As traditional, I simply watched the map for many of the flight.
Oman Air does have Wi-Fi on A330s, however it’s ridiculously priced. For instance, a full flight Wi-Fi go prices $39.99, and comes with simply 150MB of knowledge. This needs to be a few of the worst Wi-Fi pricing of any airline these days.
Sadly even Oman Air’s new Boeing 787s have this ridiculous Wi-Fi pricing, so right here’s to hoping that that is lowered over time.
Oman Air method to Muscat
Oman Air prepares cabins for touchdown actually early, and that’s notably evident on a flight like this. 40 minutes earlier than arrival the primary officer made an announcement informing us that we have been at 39,000 toes and can be touchdown at 7:10PM. A number of moments later the crew began making ready the cabin for touchdown, that means seats needed to be put upright, and so on. This was principally simply the midway level of the flight!
On the plus facet, it was straightforward to remain occupied with the wonderful sundown views we have been handled to.
We ended up touching down in Muscat at 7:05PM, and have been on the gate 10 minutes after that.
It was fairly a stroll to the arrivals corridor, however quickly sufficient we have been in a taxi to our lodge.
80 minute home flights don’t get significantly better than what Oman Air provided on this flight. Our flight was operated by an A330 with Apex Suites, and we have been provided a tasty snack and had pleasant service. Oman Air actually is an exceptional airline, and I hope the provider follows by on becoming a member of oneworld.
The one actual actual criticism I’ve of Oman Air is the Wi-Fi pricing, which is ridiculous. That’s not a problem on a flight like this, however the identical pricing applies on longer flights.
In the event you’ve flown Oman Air, what was your expertise like?