Oman Air is the flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman and an Official 4 Star Airline (Skytrax 2011). Founded in 1993, the airline has since witnessed massive growth and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, supporting the commercial, industrial and tourism sectors.
The airline currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madina, Tehran, Mashhad, Najaf, and Kuwait, in the Gulf region, as well as Cairo, Beirut and Amman within the wider Middle East/Africa region.
In addition, Oman Air flies to eleven destinations in India (Goa, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur); Chittagong and Dhaka in Bangladesh; Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan; Kathmandu in Nepal; and Colombo in Sri Lanka. The airline also flies to Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta, Zanzibar, Dar Es Salaam and has just launched its new route to Guangzhou in China. Its European destinations are London, Milan, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich.
Oman Air’s domestic destinations are Salalah, Khasab and Duqum.
Oman Air has codeshare agreements with a number of airline partners. These are: Emirates Airlines for services between Dubai and Muscat; Ethiopian Airlines for flights between Muscat and Addis Ababa; Royal Jordanian, enabling that airline’s customers to fly with Oman Air between Muscat and Amman and Oman Air’s customers to fly with Royal Jordanian between Amman and Beirut; Turkish Airlines for flights between Muscat and Istanbul; Sri Lankan Airlines, enabling Oman Air’s customers to book with Sri Lankan Airlines from Muscat to Singapore, Male, and China via Colombo, and Sri Lankan Airlines’ customers to book onto Oman Air’s flights from Colombo to Zurich via the Omani Capital of Muscat; Oman Air has also codeshare agreement with KLM and Garuda Airlines. Recently Oman Air has signed a codeshare agreement with Thai Airways as well as Saudia offering travellers better connectivity and increased choice.
Currently Oman Air’s fleet consists of four Boeing 787 Dreamliners, six Airbus 330-300s, four Airbus 330-200s, five Boeing 737-900s, 22 Boeing 737-800, one Boeing 737-700 and four Embraer 175s. Four more Dreamliners will join the fleet in the following years. By 2018, Oman Air’s total fleet size is expected to be around 57 aircraft, rising to 70 aircraft by 2020.
Oman Air’s outstanding aircraft interiors include its First Class Mini Suite, which provides each of the six First Class passengers with direct aisle access and converts to the longest lie-flat seat in the skies. The A330’s outstanding Business Class seats each provide direct aisle access, ample storage space and the latest technological amenities. Economy Class seats offer adjustable head and leg rests, together with generous leg and elbow room. State of the art in-flight entertainment systems feature individual seatback screens, audio and video on demand and live satellite TV. In addition, Oman Air has pioneered both mobile telephony and Internet connectivity on board its flights and this is available in all three classes.
Superb new First and Business Class lounges have been opened at Muscat International Airport, featuring elegant and tranquil relaxation areas, complimentary spa treatments and à la carte dining. In addition, premium check-in facilities and a First Class lounge-to-aircraft limousine service are offered to passengers at Muscat.
Oman Air’s commitment to quality, comfort and a seamless passenger experience has resulted in acclaim at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, including: Best Business Class Seat in the World (2011, 2012); Service Excellence, Middle East (2011); and Best Airline Staff Service, Middle East (2014 and 2015).
The World Travel Awards have also honoured Oman Air with World’s Leading Airline – Economy Class for the last three years, most recently in 2016, then 2015 and 2014 and, World’s Leading Airport Lounge – Business Class 2015, World’s Leading Business Class Airline – Middle East 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and Best Economy Class Airline – Middle East 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Further awards include Best Business Class Airline, Middle East (Business Destinations Awards 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016); Best In-flight Connectivity & Communications award at The 2011 Passenger Choice Awards; as well as recognition in the TravelPlus Amenity Bag Awards 2010 (three Gold, one Silver), 2011 (two Gold, one bronze), 2012 (one Gold) and 2013 (one Gold); the Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky Awards 2010 (Silver) and 2012 (two Gold).
Oman Air has also won two awards at the Arab Tourism Media Awards 2015, three categories of the Oman Web Awards 2015, four categories of the Oman Tech Awards 2016, and has received the Readers’ Choice Award at the Saveur Culinary Travel Awards, in recognition of the extraordinarily high standards of inflight cuisine. In addition, the airline was ranked highly in the American Express Executive Travel magazine’s list of the world’s best airlines in 2014, and in Business Insider’s World’s Best Airlines 2014.
Oman Air scooped four awards at the Oman Airports Management Company Second Annual Awards ceremony, on February 2015. The national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman was recognized as one of the top five airlines by number of passengers carried at Muscat International Airport. It also received an award as one of the top three airlines at Salalah International Airport, as well as receiving accolades in the Non-Aeronautical and Stakeholder of the Year 2014 categories.
Oman Air also won the Best International Airline Award 2015 at the North India Travel Awards held in India. Oman Air’s inflight magazine, Wings of Oman received ‘Best In-flight Magazine’ award at the prestigious World Marketing Congress’s Global Marketing Excellence awards (2015) held in Mumbai, India. Oman Air was awarded the Best International Airline 2016 at the South India Travel Awards held in Hyderabad, in India.
Oman Air has been voted Foreign Airline of the Year by Sector to Middle East at the annual KLIA Awards, introduced in 2006 to recognize the best in Malaysian aviation industry. The airline has also been awarded the coveted Signum Virtutis, the seal of excellence, from the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards 2016. The airline was voted winner for the best airline in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Oman Air Cargo has also been awarded “Best Cargo Airline for Valuable Goods – North and East” at the India Cargo Awards 2016 held in Delhi to add to a long list of awards recognizing Oman Air’s outstanding contribution to the aviation industry.