After a rough transit at Cairo Airport (to put it mildly), I was so excited to board the Oman Air A330 that would be taking me on the 3hr45min redeye to Muscat. Oman Air is one of my favorite boutique airlines, and this flight reinforced that feeling.
Oman Air usually flies 737s to Cairo, though they also mix in some A330s, which feature fully flat beds, so naturally I selected this flight because of that. This A330 had Apex Suites, which is one of my favorite business class seats out there.
In particular, the window seats in this configuration are so private and spacious. There’s a privacy partition that raises up, and there’s a huge ottoman, so you can sleep without feeling like there’s no room for your feet. Not only do I love Apex Suites, but I love Oman Air’s cabin finishes.
The crew on this sector was phenomenal. The two ladies taking care of me were from the Philippines and Thailand, and they couldn’t have been kinder or more professional.
A moment after settling in I was offered my choice of a warm or cold towel, and a drink of choice. I selected a cold towel, a glass of champagne, and a lime mint juice (I was thirsty after having been in transit in Cairo for so long). They even offered drink refills, so I had another glass of champagne a few minutes later.
Then shortly before departure there was Arabic coffee and dates.
For this short flight there were small kits with socks, eyeshades, earplugs, and a hair brush.
The bedding on this flight was their regional bedding, which consists of a good pillow and a rather small blanket. For such a short redeye that’s perfectly fine, and since the cabin was more than half empty, I could grab some extra pillows from other empty seats.
The meal service on this flight was excellent, given that this was just a short redeye.
The appetizer, salad, starter, and dessert were all served on one tray.
For the main course I selected the vegetarian ravioli (I had nothing but chicken and fish the past couple of days, so figured I’d mix it up). It was excellent, one of the best pasta dishes I’ve had on a plane in a while.
The meal service was done less than an hour after takeoff, at which point I went to sleep. I had woken up at 3AM the previous morning, and at this point it was 3AM, so I had been up for about 24 hours. Before going to sleep I asked if I could just have a cappuccino before landing (to me this is always a good test of how good and attentive service is).
I woke up about 30 minutes before landing. A moment later the flight attendant appeared at my seat. “Mr. Ben, are you ready for your cappuccino now?”
Theres nothing quite like sipping on a cappuccino while descending through the clouds early in the morning.
Oman Air’s business class is simply phenomenal. In terms of soft product I’d say it’s just about on par with Qatar Airways, which is saying a lot.
The highlight of this trip was the next segment, though, which had me flying from Muscat to London on the inaugural flight for Oman Air’s new first class.