Oman Air is reportedly seeking to join the Oneworld airline alliance, and has approached Qatar Airways for its guidance in making its application.
Reuters reports that the national carrier confirmed its intentions in an emailed statement, along with the following quote:
“As the industry recovers from Covid, airline alliances are going to be more important than ever. This will provide us with excellent global connectivity, a seamless travel experience and more valuable loyalty offerings for our guests.”
Reuters also confirmed that Oman Air had approached fellow Gulf carrier Qatar Airways for its help in joining the alliance.
Qatar Airways joined Oneworld in 2013, and the airline group’s CEO Akbar Al Baker is currently the chairman of the alliance.
Business Traveller has contacted Oman Air for further comment, and will post any response here.
The alliance told Reuters (and has since provided Business Traveller with the same comment) that “At any time, there are ongoing discussions with a range of prospective members but we do not comment on any specific airlines”.
“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,” a Oneworld spokesperson said.
There are currently 14 full members of Oneworld, with Royal Air Maroc and Alaska Airlines the most recent to join in 2020 and 2021 respectively.