Oman Air will become the newest member of the Oneworld alliance, with Oneworld announcing that the airline has been elected as a new member at its latest Annual General Meeting. The onboarding process is expected to be completed by 2024.
Once Oman Air becomes a full Oneworld member, Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn and redeem points, earn status credits and receive reciprocal status benefits with Oman Air. Oman Air Sindbad members will also receive Oneworld benefits, making the frequent flyer program a significantly more attractive proposition.
Based in Muscat, Oman Air operates to around 40 destinations in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe using a modern fleet of Boeing 787s, Airbus A330s and Boeing 737s. The airline’s wide-body fleet is fitted with First Class cabins in addition to Business and Economy Class.
Its network isn’t quite as large as other major Middle Eastern airlines like Emirates or Qatar Airways, but Oman Air is widely regarded as a quality and reliable airline.
Oman Air also currently operates three of its own lounges. In addition to an excellent lounge at its hub of Muscat International Airport (MCT), Oman Air lounges can be found in Bangkok and Salalah. This could be particularly interesting for Qantas customers on QF24, who will soon have a new (and possibly much better) lounge to choose from prior to departing from Bangkok.
Qatar Airways is sponsoring Oman Air’s entry into the Oneworld alliance.
“Today marks a new milestone in oneworld, as our friends at Oman Air become a member elect of our award-winning alliance. Passengers of Oman Air will be offered a seamless travel journey, connecting them to more than 900 destinations across 170 countries. As the Chairman of oneworld, we look forward to welcoming Oman Air into our alliance as they will bring great benefits, allowing passengers to discover not just a new member with an excellent reputation, but a beautiful country,” Qatar Airways CEO His Excellency Akbar Al Baker said.
Oman Air is known for its affordable premium cabin airfares between Asia and Europe (via Muscat). Once the transition to Oneworld membership is complete, Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn points and status credits when booking these fares.
This is also good news for Qantas Frequent Flyer members wanting to redeem points to the Middle East, northern Africa or Europe as they will have access to more award seats with Oman Air.
Oman Air is currently a partner of Etihad Airways, meaning you can already earn or redeem Etihad Guest miles for Oman Air flights. Oman Air also codeshares with around 18 airlines including current Oneworld members Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines, SriLankan Airlines and Royal Jordanian.
Other recent additions to the Oneworld alliance include Royal Air Maroc and Alaska Airlines, which joined in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Oman Air publicly expressed interest in joining the Oneworld alliance back in September 2021.
S7 Airlines, based in Russia, was recently suspended as a Oneworld member.
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