At Last: The Business Class Product I’ve Wanted To Try For Years

After a lovely flight on Oman Air from Frankfurt to Muscat, I had a four hour connection in Muscat before my connecting flight on Oman Air’s A330.

There’s not a business class product in the world I’ve been wanting to try more than Oman Air’s. Ironically it’s their old business class product I’ve been wanting to fly. Oman Air is in the process of introducing a new business class product on the A330 (the same as on the 787), and while it’s excellent, there’s something so special about their old product.

Their old business class product basically looks like an industry standard first class product from about a decade ago. There’s something charming about it, which feels like a step back in time, in a good way. Oman Air introduced direct aisle access from every seat in business class long before any other airline did.

I was thrilled to finally sample the product before it’s discontinued. Beyond the actual product, there was something I loved about flying Oman Air as such. They’re not really a mainstream airline, so flying with them just feels like something special. As much as I enjoy Emirates or Cathay Pacific first class, there’s something so enjoyable about trying an airline for the first time.

With that in mind, below are 10 pictures from my 5hr15min Oman Air flight from Muscat and Bangkok. A full trip report will of course be following shortly.

So, who wants to fly Oman Air’s business class?

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Comments

  1. Just from the structure it looks a lot like Lufti’s old F (of course not colourwise). Looking forward to the report

  2. In March 2013 I booked the flight FRA-MCT in Oman Air Business Class for 470 €..until this day, I never thought about fliying business class (I’m from germany and only travelling private) and never heard about error fares etc. Well, the flights got canceled 10 days after the booking was confirmed, but at least I found OMAAT (and other relevat blogs as well) and startet to engage myself with the hobby…and I guess I get closer to the goal of flying in front of the plane (even if I think it’s not so easy to play the game in germany..or I still didn’t understand all tricks 😉 )

    I thougt this is a good opportunity to say Thank You after years of reading…

  3. So it’s settled. The arabs know how to take care of their guests and live in luxury. Hope the rest of the world stops pretending and catches up.

  4. Very cool that you got to have that experience! I’m not trying to be nit-picky here, but your overuse of certain words while writing is slowly turning me off from your blog. For instance, in the introduction, your overuse of the word “something” made the entire post difficult to read. I know you do a ton of blog posts, so maybe this isn’t a practical idea, but have you ever thought of hiring an editor for the site? I’m sure people will say I’m being mean to you, but I promise I’m not trying to be mean! I just think your entire website/blog would be so benefit from a part-time editor.

  5. In image 7, you show the main course with some shish tauk dipped in a a sauce accompaniment probably containing some chillie paste and a large plate of white rice with parsley as garnishing from the looks of it. Was that pulao (pilaf in the west), just a huge plate of rice to be eaten by itself or did it come with a sauce/curry accompaniment that is not shown? Food an all airlines is terrible imo, which is why I never eat on flights; but this one looks excessively bare. Otherwise, seems like a pleasant flight even though the interiors remind me of a faux leather recliner from a furniture warehouse upholstered in 50s brown colors.

  6. Fantastic photos!

    Sorry to rub it in, but I believe Virgin was the first major airline to install all-aisle access Business Class seats back in 2003/4 with herringbone layout. Oman Air’s 1-2-1 layout was introduced much later in 2009, which by that time many major carriers had already installed all-aisle access seats like Etihad, Cathay and Singapore.

  7. “I just think your entire website/blog would be so benefit from a part-time editor.”

    The irony. 🙂

    Note that I am not discounting your recommendation–editors make the world a better place. I am a card-carrying grammar cop, but I manage to overlook grammatical failings on things like travel blogs. I’m here for the nerd factor only.

  8. Just from the pictures alone, I’d say this ranks as one of the most attractive hard products in the marketplace.

  9. Lucky, this looks fantastic. I’m looking forward to the rest, including your reporting from various MCT lounges. I’ll be leaving from there on QR in April and so won’t be using the WY lounges, but I am hoping you had or will have a chance to check out some of the others there, as well.

    Safe travels further!

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