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July 7, 2016

Review: Oman Air Business Class B787 Muscat to Bangkok

Oman Air Business Class Review

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Muscat to Bangkok

 

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Flight WY817

Departure time 20:40

Flight time 5hr40mins

As mentioned in my previous Smart Travel deal, Oman Air has a insane promotional Business Class fare in June. I certainly took advantage of that and flew them from Abu Dhabi to Bangkok via Muscat.

All boarding is via stairs in Muscat International Airport as the current airport do not have airbridges. While this is certainly inconvenient for most passengers, it offer me great opportunity for photo taking before boarding!

The new Muscat International airport should open next year offer improved amenity.

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Muscat Int'l

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Muscat Int'l

 

Tonight's flight to Bangkok

Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Reg: A40-SB

Oman Air has 4 Boeing 787 Dremaliners. A4O-SA, A4O-SB, A4O-SY, A4O-SZ in the fleet.

SY and SZ came from Kenya Airways which has different configuration (30J204Y) then SA and SB which has (18J249Y)

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Muscat Int'l

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Muscat Int'l

 
Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Muscat Int'l

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Muscat Int'l

 
Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Muscat Int'l

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Muscat Int'l

 

Welcome onboard Oman Air

Oh Man! This looks great, it looks brand new!

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner Business Class

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner Business Class

 

The middle pair seats.

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner Business Class

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner Business Class

 
Oman Air Business Class Staggered seating

Oman Air Business Class Staggered seating

 
Oman Air Business Class Staggered seating

Oman Air Business Class Staggered seating

Direct aisle access from window seat.

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My window seat 12A, with direct aisle access.

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner Business Class

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner Business Class

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Before boarding was completed, I asked the flight attendant whether I can see the cockpit. The captain have no problem of that!

Both captain and first officer are proud Omani Nationals.

They informed me due to the light weight, we will climb straight to FL370 as our initial cruising level. That's quick!

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner cockpit

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner cockpit

 

Captain Khamis was so nice that he tried to take as many pictures as possible for me.

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner cockpit

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner cockpit

 

Seeing through captain's Head Up Display (HUD)

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner cockpit Head Up Display HUD

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner cockpit Head Up Display HUD

 

View from the commander's seat.

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner cockpit

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner cockpit

 

After a very nice cockpit visit and exchange with the pilots, I went back to my seat.

The flight attendants came from Oman, India, Philippines and Thailand. Unlike other Gulf countries, Oman Air employ a large number of Omani nationals. They're very hospitable, warm and down to the earth.

The usual Arabic coffee and dates was offered.

Oman Air Business Class Service

Oman Air Business Class Service

 

Followed by giving out amenity kit and menu

Oman Air Business Class amenity kit

Oman Air Business Class amenity kit

 
Oman Air Business Class Menu

Oman Air Business Class Menu

 
Oman Air Business Class Menu

Oman Air Business Class Menu

 
Oman Air Business Class Menu

Oman Air Business Class Menu

 
Oman Air Business Class Menu

Oman Air Business Class Menu

 
Oman Air Business Class Menu

Oman Air Business Class Menu

   

After takeoff, I took some more pictures of the cabin. It is about 2/3 full tonight with mostly Omani travelling.

 
Oman Air Business Class Boeing 787

Oman Air Business Class Boeing 787

 
Oman Air Business Class Boeing 787

Oman Air Business Class Boeing 787

 

All seats has direct aisle access and good privacy. The window seat are especially private with literally no foot traffic.

The pair seats line up perfectly for travelling couples. The seats on both side are presented in a staggered way.

Oman Air Business Class Boeing 787

Oman Air Business Class Boeing 787

   
Oman Air Business Class Boeing 787

Oman Air Business Class Boeing 787

 

There is a second remote console controlling the mains screen.

Our flight agenda is showing on the screen.

Oman Air Business Class Boeing 787

Oman Air Business Class Boeing 787

 

I started with a glass of Mimosa and canapes.

Oman Air Business Class drink and canapes

Oman Air Business Class drink and canapes

 
Oman Air Business Class drink and canapes

Oman Air Business Class drink and canapes

 

My first course is poached chicken with Mango salad. It is surprisingly nice. The mango added good sweet flavour with tropical hint. The portion was very generous!

Oman Air Business Class meal

Oman Air Business Class meal

 
Oman Air Business Class meal

Oman Air Business Class meal

 

My main course is the Beef Stroganoff topped with sour cream

I haven't had a dish like this in all my previous fight!

The taste is awesome!

It was full of flavour, enhanced by gherkin and the spices.

Oman Air Business Class meal

Oman Air Business Class meal

 

Some GoPro photo of myself enjoying the flight.

Oman Air Business Class B787

Oman Air Business Class B787

 
Oman Air Business Class Meal

Oman Air Business Class Meal

The dessert is a beautifully presented fruit crumble cake.

View from the GoPro camera

Oman Air Business Class Meal

Oman Air Business Class Meal

 
Oman Air Business Class Meal

Oman Air Business Class Meal

 
Oman Air Business Class Meal

Oman Air Business Class Meal

 

I order hot tea before going to bed, I was offered a selection of tea.

Oman Air Business Class Service

Oman Air Business Class Service

 
Oman Air Business Class Service

Oman Air Business Class Service

 

Time to hit the bed.

You're provided with a pillow and a nice quilt but no mattress or clean sheet to cover the bed.

This is perfectly fine but the standard in Business Class has continue to rise with the competition....

I must say, the bed is really long, probably the longest I've slept on a plane! My toe didn't touch the wall at all!

Oman Air Business Class B787

Oman Air Business Class B787

 
Oman Air in-flight seat map

Oman Air in-flight seat map

 

40 minutes before landing, I was awake and offer to have continental breakfast which i choose just to have some bread and tea.

Oman Air Business Class Light Breakfast

Oman Air Business Class Light Breakfast

 

Landing in Bangkok at 5:41am, about 40 minutes ahead of the schedule.

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Conclusion

I was very much looking forward to fly Oman Air Business Class on their Boeing 787 Dreamliner and I have an awesome flight with them. Their product is one of the best in Business Class I have tried! I love the seating arrangement providing good privacy and all aisle access. It is not cramped at all. Good food, good entertainment and nice new planes to fly with.

One great thing about Oman Air is they employed lot of Omani and retain strong local influence, which is well appreciated by its passengers. It isn't a mega carrier but it has a lot of characters. These characters make the airline and its service remarkable.

I really enjoyed my short flight to Bangkok with them and hope to try them again in the near future!

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So, what do you think of Oman Air? How likely you will give them a try?

 

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Tips on Smart Travel and finding the best airfare

I use Momondo to search extensively across the best airfare before buying it. Have a look at this post to see how it is working for getting a cheaper ticket! Momondo definitely features the best First and Business Class deals of any Flight Search Engine out there.  I have put together many useful travel tips and airfare promotions in my Smart Travel section to guide you travel in more luxury with lower price!

     

Comments

  1. FRANKLIN

    Hye Sam…
    Enjoyed reading your trip report on Oman Air. Very detailed..I like the longest bed and the food looks great.

    Regards..

  2. jb

    Hi Sam,
    I follow your trip reports religiously and always thoroughly enjoy them, this one included.
    I would like to ask for your opinion: I need to fly to Bangkok from Paris and have lots of choices of airlines but I have narrowed it down to either Oman Air (I have never tried it) and Emirates in Business class. I’ve heard that Dubai airport is a bit of nightmare right now with transit procedures. Would you choose Oman Air over Emirates as well?
    Cheers!
    JB.

    • Sam Chui

      Oman Air! You will like them!

  3. Choosing

    If you were choosing between Oman and Etihad which one would you choose? I am tied to Etihad because of frequent flyer program status

    • Sam Chui

      I would go with Oman Air. You can also earn EY miles by flying on Oman Air.

  4. Thank you for this really nice tripreport! Oman Air has a really nice Business Class Product!

    • Sam Chui

      thanks for your nice comment Rob!

  5. Great trip review. Oman Air offer a superb business class product that almost equals the first class offered by other airlines. For example, the food being individually served and not on a tray. The absence of a mattress is a negative, though. It is always good to see that you are welcomed onto the flight deck.

    • Sam Chui

      Thanks for your comment Roy! I totally agree Oman Air is the next 5 star airline!

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