Oman Air is to join the Oneworld alliance.
The airline is expected to become a full member of the alliance from 2024. The announcement was made today, Monday 20 June 2022, at IATA’s Annual General Meeting in Doha.
When Oman Air joins Oneworld members of the alliance’s airline frequent flyer programmes will benefit from full reciprocal recognition. This includes access to priority ground services, lounges and mileage earning and redemption.
Oman Air has been pursuing a steadily closer relationship with Oneworld alliance member and IAG shareholder Qatar Airways. This encompasses extensive codesharing and reciprocal frequent flyer recognition. Qatar Airways will sponsor Oman Air’s entry into Oneworld.
Its route network is primarily focused on the Middle East and Asia, which it services with a mixture of Airbus A330 and Boeing 787 wide body and Boeing 737 narrow body aircraft.
Oman Air currently flies daily from London Heathrow Terminal 2 to Muscat with Boeing 787-9 aircraft. These fly in a three class, First Class, business and economy configuration. Oman Air will move back to Terminal 4 on Wednesday 22 June.
In 2016, Oman Air paid no less than $75 million to buy a single daily slot pair at Heathrow from Kenya Airways.
Oman Air’s planned entry into Oneworld could spur closer co-operation with British Airways, such as codesharing. BA has previously suspended its winter seasonal route to Muscat.