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Has anyone flown J class Oman air lately, i just did a gold match with them from Thai. Reason flying from DXB to BKK and Thai and Emirates prices are just crazy at the moment booking in Dubai, but Oman was nearly 50% cheaper.18 Dec 2017
Andy – Both EK/TG are flying from/to their hubs. Normally hub airlines will offer their best deals when you fly *through* the hub … as in the case of Oman Air as I would imagine you would be flying DXB-BKK via Muscat with Oman Air.
You made no mention of Flydubai which also plies DXB-BKK.
I have no experience flying Oman Air but this airline isn’t short of cash. It paid the record price of US$75 million for a single Heathrow slot pair.18 Dec 2017
No recent experience but happy enough with it in the past. I remember the service as a step up from the rest of the ME airlines. Had a more chilled out/less up themselves vibe. No recollection of anything else.
Given the price, I’d jump at the opportunity to fly with them rather than Emirates.18 Dec 2017
I haven’t flown them for a few years, but I do work in the region a lot and haven’t heard a bad word about them, FWIW.
This may (to some extent) be a reflection of their small size (and thus less customers than EK etc).18 Dec 2017
I did in November, LHR to BKK via Muscat, with a 3 night stopover on the way back.
All flights in Business Class
I did it as part of a flight / holiday package in Muscat on the return, I booked my own hotel in Bangkok.
On arrival in BKK we was escorted from the plane, through the airport, to VIP immigration. They picked up our luggage at baggage hall, & take us to a waiting (FOC) car for the journey into the city. I would say 30 min max from Plane to Car.
The flights used different 330’s for some of the flight, ( different seats & seat layouts) plus one flight on a 787. So check out the aircraft type on each of your bookings, but I found each flight was excellent.
Also went from Blue member to Silver member, just on these 4 flights.
I will be using them again. Unless to many people read this review, & the flights get fully booked, or the prices go to high.18 Dec 2017
I understand that WY use ex-ET B787 (leased perhaps?) on the BKK route (for at least some flights) that have less desirable 2-2-2 seating. So do check to see if that suits you before committing.19 Dec 2017
I have flown WY twice in business from KL to LHR in the last year. Largely booked because of the great fares (approx GBP 1,500 return) and good ticket flexibility (cancel for approx GBP 80, change for approx GBP 60). Great aspects were the seats on all flights – one set was the Apex Suite (used also by JAL and I think KE – my favourite J seat in the sky, although have not flown Q Suite yet), the other set was a slightly older style 1-2-1 (not in a herringbone style but fully forward facing) on an A330 that was possibly the most spacious J seat I have ever sat in. For this alone great value for money. Crew and food got top grades for effort, but ultimately a B+ for end result. IFE was below average. Transit in Muscat was somewhat painful but I understand the new terminal is about to open which should be easing that. The lounge was comfortable and food was good, but certainly not cutting edge. The chauffeur service has now been removed. Overall the airport experience felt like Doha old terminal (minus the premium terminal) and the onboard experience reminded me of Etihad 10 years ago or so. Definitely worth trying though at those fares and with that hardware, plus the two flights out of London (one morning, one evening) provide decent schedule flexibility. Safe travels!19 Dec 2017
thebigseats – I know it’s a small point but Oman Air leased those B787s from KQ and not ET. That might mean some differences in the aircraft interior.20 Dec 2017
Yes Alex you are quite correct (naturally!!) it was KQ – the seats are still not great, in 2-2-2 as they were when in service with KQ but new seat coverings. Buyer beware!21 Dec 2017
I have flown 4 sectors on Oman Air this year and due on January also.
Their Open jaw connections through Oman to The Far East in J, are very good value, like KLM, cost no more than a return!
They really do have a great variety of aircraft on all 4 of my routes, 787, 333, 332, but the 333 is very spacious, privacy excellent, and good direct connections in Muscat to The Far East and Indian sub continent. Less than 1.5 hrs for most connections. Service is excellent, food superb, and a very exclusive feel on bard this small but very pleasant Airline. Ground services and contacts in the UK and in Muscat remain poor though…
They are somewhat of a hidden gem on board these days, through removing the chauffeur car service takes the shine off them a little, But if you booked before the date of change i think in November this year, you are still entitled to book the car with them it states!
Certainly worth a try, fares less than other Airlines in a sale, and a far more exclusive experience, in Y and J class.
They also have on other Travel agents sites, a combination for travel to Australia via KUL or BKK in connection with other Airlines, which maybe a very pleasant way of making a 7/7/8 hour travel to Sydney for eg, possibly with stopovers?
I found the combo’s on ebookers.com
Only aligned to their own program though or miles to Etihad which leaves them a little isolated.
A great option if you want quiet, luxury travel, in all cabins, and do not mind a stop in Muscat, if travelling onwards East…21 Dec 2017
I’ve flown with them several times over the past few years on J, mainly on the AUH-CGK route (the last was in the end of June this year). I love their hard products, especially in comparison with the price tag. I’ve tried both their old (1-2-1) and new (2-2-2) J seats, and I found both of them pleasant, in fact I liked them way more than EY’s (EY uses A330s on that route). While the new seats offer narrower space, it is also preferred by some because the window seats are very private while still affording direct aisle access.
Service-wise: consistently good, but not outstanding. EY has better onboard service (QR is still the best, for me). My only gripe with WY is the ground service at their hub (MCT), which ranges between indifferent (normal situation) to poor (when you have problems). Their Business Class Lounge isn’t bad, though, and it offers complimentary 15-minute massages.
If you have time, take a look at my review here (it’s not the latest, but my experience with them has been quite consistent):
Safe travels!29 Dec 2017