Last year, Oman Air announced its plans to join oneworld Alliance, and finally, as of today, the airline has confirmed that it will officially join oneworld. This was announced during the IATA’s annual general meeting, which is currently taking place in Doha, Qatar. You can read the full press release here.
Although the announcement was made today, Oman Air is expected to be implemented to oneworld in 2024 which will take some time for passengers to fully receive oneworld benefits traveling on its flights. Oman Air currently has reciprocal benefits with Qatar Airways where both Privilege Club members and Sindbad Program members are able to earn miles on flights between Doha and Muscat traveling on either airline. But I am speculating these benefits will eventually expand to other oneworld partners in the coming months.
About Oman Air
Oman Air’s current fleet consists of over 40 aircraft ranging from B737s to A330s to its flagship B787 Dreamliners configured into two or three-class cabins. Interestingly, it is one of the few airlines which has a real First Class Cabin on some A330-300s and B787-9s. And not to mention, its APEX Suite Business Class cabin on B787s are one of the best out in the market.
I have flown Oman Air a couple of times in the past both in the economy and business and their ground to inflight experience was amazing! Of course, it might not be as grand as the big three, but believe it or not, it is one of the favorite boutique airlines among frequent flyers.
Oman Air’s Frequent Flyer Program: Sindbad
Oman Air’s frequent flyer program is called the Sindbad Program and it has three tiers: Blue, Silver, and Gold. A few years back, the airline had a status match campaign by writing an email and I was directly status matched from Qatar Airways Privilege Club Platinum to Sindbad Gold.
I managed to have an opportunity to take elite benefits such as extra baggage and lounge access and it was great. However, I feel that there will be a change for the Sindbad Program to four tier levels instead of the current three levels since Oneworld tier has Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and I don’t think Sindbad Blue which is the base tier will be equivalent to Oneworld Ruby.
Joining Oneworld: Is it wise?
Many of you might think that Oman Air joining Oneworld will be sensible as Oneworld’s biggest operator; Qatar Airways conflicts with most of Oman Air’s network. Perhaps a planned expansion of routes out of Oman where Qatar Airways do not operate too? But behind this decision, I believe a close and strong partnership between the two airlines could be the most significant contributing factor even before joining the alliance. There are a lot of speculations about this move but let us wait how Oman Air will commit to the Oneworld alliance and its members for growth.
Oneworld’s newest member-elect airline: Oman Air will officially be part of the alliance but unfortunately, the full Oneworld benefits will be available when the airline is fully implemented in 2024. That is still two more years of a wait but in the meantime, I am excited about what other changes will be announced with the airline and hope they provide temporary reciprocal benefits for Oneworld members.