Food is known to be Oman Air’s strong point, so we went into this flight with high expectations. At first the connection on this flight was basically unusable, so we did a couple more speed tests later when it improved, but it has to be said it never became particularly good. If I was seated in an aisle seat, the seat shell provides decent privacy also and the offset middle seats mean you won’t lock eyes with the passengers across the aisle. Entering the lounge, you pass through a winding hallway, flanked with armchairs and flight information boards. The best way to do this is by using Etihad Guest miles. Similar to the Japan Airlines and Korean Air layout, the staggered design of the window seats mean each passenger still has dedicated access to the aisle. You can view the full Etihad Guest award chart for Oman Air on the Etihad Guest website (PDF). When Eddie woke up the crew were keen to offer him something to eat even though he had said he would sleep through. Given the rather lacklustre comparative offerings in Singapore Airlines Business Class, even on 17-hour non-stop flights, this extensive selection from Oman Air is impressive and much appreciated. Despite the privacy of my window seat, it wouldn’t have been appropriate to sleep without a shirt on, but it crossed my mind. Second layout version operates in a three class configuration with 8 First Class seats, 24 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class. Be aware that starting beginning of June WY is operating Jakarta – Muscat on a wet leased Srilankan A330 used for this route only. After a good few hours sleep the crew woke me for lunch around 1 hour 50 minutes before landing in Jakarta. I started with the spiced prawns and cured salmon, which was immaculately presented. I’m sure others might appreciate it better! We opted for 10A and 10B so that we could try out both the window and aisle experience. While the airline unfortunately no longer flies to Singapore, you can pick up the Apex Suite on flights to Muscat from: Note that the route we flew on, Jakarta, currently has the older A330-300 Business Class seats between now and the end of August 2019. If you’re flying on one of Oman Air’s pair of Boeing 787-9 Version 2 aircraft, which are dedicated to the twice-daily Muscat – London Heathrow route and also have a First Class cabin installed, the seat map looks like this: Due to the presence of a First Class section, this configuration has fewer Business Class seats, 24 in total, across two very intimate 2-row cabins. When your flight gets cancelled). © 2021 Upgraded Points™, LLC. That’s a very quick thoroughfare considering we probably wasted 5 minutes of that time taking pictures of the First and Business Class check-in area. At most rows, like at row 10 where we sat, these spaces align with the wall and so there is no view outside. Again it was well presented and everything tasted good. On the seat arm on the opposite side are the adjustments for the seat itself, complete with adjustable lumbar support, massage function, and even a “reclined mode” for take-off/landing. Some models of the plane have 30 seats spread over two business class cabins, while the alternative layout has just 24 business class seats, as well as a first class cabin (with eight open seats). As a result, another airport staff member held passengers back for another 5 minutes. As mentioned in my previous Smart Travel deal, Oman Air has a insane promotional Business Class fare in June. As I mentioned, Oman Air partners with Etihad, and you can use Etihad Guest miles to book flights operated by Oman. During my visit, the buffet included 7 hot dishes and a large selection of cold options and desserts. I still wasn’t hungry due to the 3-course lunch service on the flight from Frankfurt, so I had the bartender make me the signature cocktail for the day instead — a cosmopolitan. Oman Air dining service. The crew are happy to make up your bed for you while you freshen up in the toilet or get changed into your pyjamas, though it’s also easy to do this yourself as the seat easily moves into the fully flat position and the mattress topper, blanket and pillow are provided on boarding. I found the IFE remote unresponsive like on the Qatar Airways A380; you need to push the screen very hard to get it to respond. My aircraft was the 2-class configuration. Oman Air does levy a fuel surcharge (YQ) on award tickets, so you’ll pay that in addition to the taxes due and the miles required, for example around S$204 on a Muscat to Bangkok flight. I just wish Oman Air would launch longer routes to capitalize on the 787’s love for distance. It’s also a great place to store and charge an electronic device as the storage compartment houses 2 USB sockets and a power socket. Another consideration I found to be an issue in the front row (10B) was a lot of light from the galley during the night. The duck was cooked to perfection. Three additional controls at the inner armrest, below the IFE controller, allow you to raise or lower the privacy divider, control the overhead table / reading light and switch the do not disturb light (on the outer seat shell) on or off so the crew know whether to wake you for service. We’ll cover the lounge itself separately so look out for that upcoming review. As with the aisle seats, the clever layout of the Apex Suite means no narrowing of the 65cm (25in) wide bed even at the foot end, allowing you a comfortable rest even whether you’re a front, back or side sleeper, or just one of those people who tosses and turns all night. With the late departure time, and our plan to sleep after dinner, we skipped the coffee option but the dates were very good. On the whole we were not disappointed, with the airline offering an extensive menu including two full meals on this 7 hour flight. Discovering the new aircraft and Business Class was quite amazing. At the side of the seat there is an adjustable reading light, which can be moved through an angle of around 90 degrees (from forward to downward facing). That small storage area unfortunately also becomes inaccessible with the seat in bed mode. The content featured on UpgradedPoints.com has not been provided by the credit card companies mentioned. You can see the award space available by going to omanair.com and selecting the “miles” option when searching for flights. It turned out that it never made it out of Barcelona and would take another 7 days before it was returned to me at Sydney Airport. The Oman Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has 242 seats in a three-class cabin. The carrier has 2 versions of the 787-9: a 2-class configuration with the Apex business class seats and economy class and a 3-class configuration which adds first class. I certainly took advantage of that and flew them from Abu Dhabi to Bangkok via Muscat. Two main drawbacks though, if our experience was anything to go by: First the cost. Couples can choose the window pairs (A/B or J/K), which are slightly staggered but still allow for conversation with the divider down, or the middle pair (D/G), which are directly aligned and therefore most conducive to conversation. The price of a ticket on this route — Muscat to Bangkok — costs a reasonable 34k points in business class. The rest of the Boeing 787-8/9 fleet is two class. The dinner service concluded with warm cinnamon and strawberry bread and butter pudding with vanilla anglaise, strawberry compote, crushed cashews, strawberry, and whipped cream. These seats also benefit from the same full length as the A and K window seats (only the B and J aisle seats suffer some reduction in length to allow for the window seat access corridor). Email needed if you'd like comment updates. One benefit of the aisle seats at the window side (B or J) is the gap behind the suite wall of the window seat itself, between your seat and the window or cabin wall. Solo travellers appreciating the ‘suite-like’ closed off effect will have the best experience in the A or K seats, but can have a sufficiently private experience in any seat thanks to the large extendable privacy dividers. The hallway then opens into the main buffet and dining area. There are three toilets in the Business Class cabin on Oman Air’s Boeing 787-9, meaning an excellent passenger to toilet ratio of 10:1 (Singapore Airlines has a 14:1 ratio in Business Class on its long-haul A350s, and 16:1 on its new A380s). It was nicely presented, but I have to say I am not a fan of scallops and this one was chewy and not at all to my liking. The hard product alone is a clear step above most Business Class seats, and the food and beverage options could hardly be faulted for a 7 hour flight. Oman Air uses brand new Boeing 787-9 aircraft However, I do find their IFE content a little dated. First Class (8), Business Class (30) and Economy Class (204). The clever stagger at these window pairs ensures good privacy even with the divider retracted. There is also a good moving map system with additional flight details, and the time remaining to landing is always shown on your IFE controller. These can be transferred in from American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One, Citi ThankYou, and Marriott Bonvoy at varying rates, so it’s pretty easy to build up a solid Etihad Guest balance. Any and all options, reviews, comments and analyses are the responsibility of the author(s) and not any Advertiser or credit card issuer. In the aisle seat the bed is slightly shorter, but still very generous for Business Class. Each seat has a large table extending from the centre console. Your luggage is then taken by the porters who escort you through to the check-in counters. But it’s the Apex Suites on the 787 that further swing my love to Oman Air. Sadly, I didn’t get her name. In any event if you’re in a middle seat you will have to share overhead locker space with your neighbour at the window side. Soup course onboard Oman Air. My tray table was cleared around 2 hours and 20 minutes after departing Muscat. These seats have up to 3 windows and have a walkway from the aisle to the seat. The experience was made even worse by the fact my bag never arrived at the carousel. The TV is touchscreen, but you can also use the wired IFE controller in your armrest to do everything you need with the TV, as it’s quite far away. This was a nice dish, a well-presented generous portion and very tasty. The remaining 258 seats on this aircraft are in Economy Class, with a 3-3-3 configuration. We found a return Business Class fare from Bangkok to London Heathrow on Oman Air via Muscat with the Apex Suite on all four flights in September for S$2,700. Around 45-minutes into the flight, my tray table was set for the dinner meal service and an amuse bouche arrived of crusted chicken with vermicelli, tamarind chutney, cucumber, and carrots. Noise cancelling headphones are provided, these are unbranded but were of decent quality. These are the only two long-haul aircraft with First Class. Upon arrival, we headed straight to the Oman Air business class lounge. Directly below that is a storage hook for your headphones. Overall if you’re flying on Oman Air’s Apex Suite you may have to consider a little more carefully which items you put where for convenience, especially if like us you travel with cameras, laptops, etc. Oman Air’s Business Class is known as an insider tip among frequent flyers for a while now: their old Business Class was often called a ‘First Class among Business Classes’ due to the comfortable 1-2-1 seating in lie-flat, which was better than many First Classes at that time. Oman Air Business Class on a Boeing 787-9 Oman Air has two Boeing 787-9 aircraft which are dedicated to the Heathrow route. The best way to do this is by using Etihad Guest miles. Oman Air has finished the seats well, with a high specification and in warm, attractive, neutral tones. My inbound flight landed at 7:28 p.m. and my connecting flight was scheduled to depart at 9:20 p.m., providing time for me to check out the new Oman Air First and Business Class Lounge. 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