Review: Oman Air First Class 787 Muscat To London

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Oman Air 101
Muscat (MCT) – London (LHR)
Sunday, July 1
Depart: 2:30PM
Arrive: 7:10PM
Duration: 7hr40min
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Seat: 2A (First Class)

I boarded through door L2, where I was greeted by the cabin manager and one flight attendant, and pointed left towards the first class cabin. The first thing I noticed was the new plane smell. This was the plane’s first commercial flight, as it had just flown from the US to Muscat a couple of days prior, and had sat on the ground since.

This was Oman Air’s first 787 featuring a first class cabin. Oman Air’s other 787-9s have 30 business class seats, including four rows between doors one and two, and one row behind door two.

This version of Oman Air’s 787-9 had a total of eight first class seats and 24 business class seats — between doors one and two are two rows of first class and two rows of business class, and then there are two further rows of business class behind door two.

Business class on the 787-9 is Oman Air’s spectacular Apex Suites, which are among my favorite business class seats out there. Oman Air also has beautiful cabin finishes.


Oman Air 787 business class cabin


Oman Air 787 business class cabin


Oman Air business class seats

What I was much more interested in on this flight was their brand new first class cabin. Select Oman Air A330s have first class, though it’s a much older product, and they’re in the process of removing the cabins from those planes.

Keep in mind the 787 is narrower than the 777, so they are somewhat limited in terms of the product they can install, at least while maintaining a 1-2-1 configuration. With that in mind, Oman Air really impressed me.

Among 787 operators, I’d say this is the best first class any airline has installed on the plane, with Etihad maybe being a close second.


Oman Air 787 first class cabin


Oman Air 787 first class cabin

I also think Oman Air did an incredible job with their cabin finishes, as I loved the colors and materials they use, like the velvet walls in suites. What a refreshing change compared to even the Emirates or Etihad finishes.

Here’s a picture of the suite with the door opened and closed. The doors had to be opened and closed manually, rather than by the push of a button. Personally I prefer that, since sometimes the electric doors make things more complicated than they need to be.


Oman Air first class suite


Oman Air first class suite

I had selected seat 2A, the suite in the second row on the left side. You definitely do notice that the suite is a bit narrower than you may find on a 777, given the reduced cabin width.


Oman Air first class seat 787


Oman Air first class seat 787

For those traveling with someone, the center suites are a great option. You can sit next to one another, though if you are seated in one of these and aren’t traveling with the person next to you, the privacy partition goes high up.


Oman Air first class suites


Oman Air first class suites


Oman Air first class suites privacy

Anyway, back to my suite, 2A. The seat had a large ottoman that could double as a buddy seat, based on the fact that it had a seatbelt.


Oman Air first class seat ottoman

The suite didn’t have much storage (again, due to the suites being fairly narrow), so the inside of the ottoman was one of the few places you could store things in the suite.


Oman Air first class suite ottoman

The cabin also didn’t have any overhead bins, so really the only place to store carry-ons was in the closets at the front of the cabin, which isn’t ideal — it’s not that each passenger gets their own closet, but rather it’s just a shared space.

To the right of the seat was a narrow closet. This was wide enough to hang a jacket, but nothing beyond that, really.


Oman Air first class suite closet

To the left of the seat was a small enclosed storage compartment, an open storage compartment, an entertainment controller, and a screen that could control the seat functions.


Oman Air first class seat controls

There was both a screen to control the seat functions, and some basic pre-sets above that. Then there was a small marble side table.


Oman Air first class seat controls

Past that was a compartment that housed the huge tray table.


Oman Air first class seat tray table


Oman Air first class seat tray table

Then at the front left of the seat was a small minibar, which was a cute (though unnecessary) feature.


Oman Air first class minibar

The minibar had four drinks, including still and sparkling water, two sodas, and some chocolate. This is minor since this is unnecessary to begin with, but you’d think that if you bother to stock a minibar with chocolate, you’d choose something higher quality than Hershey’s nuggets.


Oman Air first class minibar contents

To the right of the seat was an individual air nozzle (which is a feature I greatly value), as well as a reading light.


Oman Air first class reading light and air nozzles

My suite alone had three full windows. Since this was a 787, there weren’t any window shades, but rather there were dimmers.


Oman Air first class three full windows

Waiting at each seat were two pillows and a blanket. One pillow was on the seat, while the rest of the bedding was inside the ottoman.


Oman Air first class pillows & blanket

This is probably a good time to mention that upon boarding the plane, every passenger (not just first class, but everyone) received a gift bag to commemorate the brand new 787-9. This included a collared Oman Air shirt, a package of dates, and a cute card.


Oman Air first class goodie bag


Oman Air first class goodie bag

Given that this was in inaugural flight, it was a bit chaotic for a variety of reasons:

  • This was a brand new first class product, so the crew was still getting used to the service flow
  • The CEO was onboard the flight and seated across from me
  • There were several other Oman Air executives onboard, including the SVP of guest experience
  • There were also a couple of employees from other companies, including one from Thales, who was apparently flying back and forth on the flight several times to work out any kinks with the new system

My point is that service was a bit of an opportunity, though the crew was very well intentioned, and I’m sure many of these are kinks that will work themselves out.

About 10 minutes after settling in I was welcomed aboard by one of the first class flight attendants, and offered a pre-departure drink. I could have whatever I wanted, though the flight attendant recommended some champagne, a lime mint juice, and a ginger orange smoothie.

I was also asked if I wanted a warm or cold towel.

I decided to order the smoothie (not something I’d usually order as a pre-departure drink, but it sounded good) and a warm towel, which was served with some mixed nuts.


Oman Air first class pre-departure drink

At around 2:30PM the Omani captain added his welcome aboard, informing us of our flight time of seven hours, and our cruising altitude of 40,000 feet.

A few minutes later the cabin manager, Mahmud, added his welcome aboard, and informed us that the crew spoke English, Arabic, Filipino, Thai, Polish, Czech, and Serbian (which makes sense, since in my experience most Oman Air flight attendants are either local, Filipino, Thai, or Eastern European).

The captain apologized for the delayed start, but assured us we’d arrive in London on-time. At this point Oman Air’s CEO boarded, who couldn’t have been a kinder and more gracious guy. Unlike previous CEOs, this guy is a local, and has worked at the airline for decades. It was so refreshing to see how kindly he treated the crew and his fellow passengers.


Oman Air 737 Muscat Airport

By 2:50PM we began our taxi, and we followed an Oman Air A330 to the runway. Our taxi was pretty quick, and by 3PM we were cleared for takeoff on runway 8L.


Muscat Airport new terminal


Oman Air A330 Muscat Airport


View after takeoff from Muscat

The views on the climb out were beautiful, and eventually we made a sharp turn over the Gulf and began flying towards London.


View after takeoff from Muscat


View after takeoff from Muscat

As we climbed out I turned on the airshow.


Airshow to London


Airshow to London

I then browsed the entertainment selection. Oman Air has a brand new entertainment system on this 787-9, which they call Aria. The movie selection was quite good, and system was easy to use. I appreciated that the screen itself could also be used to browse the selection, which isn’t possible on other Oman Air planes, in my experience.


Oman Air first class entertainment selection


Oman Air first class entertainment selection


Oman Air first class entertainment selection


Oman Air first class entertainment selection

Oman Air’s 787s also have wifi, with the following pricing:


Oman Air 787 wifi pricing

Annoyingly, Oman Air uses OnAir for their wifi, which is probably the worst service out there. It’s almost unusably slow. I don’t get why they wouldn’t go with one of the better options out there.

After browsing the entertainment I decided to check out the first class lavatory. Oman Air did something interesting with the lavatory, and the CEO later explained to me that this was intentional.

The lavatory is located in front of the cabin but behind the galley, and he explained that this is something they specifically requested from Boeing. As he explained it, it’s because in Arabic culture you don’t want to see people going in and out of the toilet, so this is intended to add privacy in that regard. There’s another lavatory right by the cockpit for the crew.


Oman Air first class lavatory

This lavatory also had a bidet.


Oman Air first class lavatory bidet

Speaking of the CEO, I had the chance to talk to him briefly, and it was clear he was very proud of the plane, but open to feedback. He explained he was flying to London for the inaugural, and was then going to Casablanca, because the airline had just launched service there.

Also onboard was Oman Air’s SVP of guest experience, who was an awesome Australian woman who used to work for Qatar Airways. She was extremely interested in getting feedback, and explained she was onboard because they were testing out their new soft product on this flight, which was expected to roll out on other routes within the next few months.

She explained that all the tableware is new, with the exception of the glasses, which they haven’t changed out yet.

Lastly, she said that all A330s will eventually be reconfigured to feature Apex Suites, meaning that first class, as well as Oman Air’s awesome retro business class, will be removed from these planes. Eventually London will be the only destination to have first class, using their two 787-9s with the cabin.

About 45 minutes after takeoff the amenities for the flight were distributed, including headphones, an amenity kit, pajamas, the menu and wine list, and a wifi card.


Oman Air first class amenity kit, pajamas, headphones, menu, and wifi code

I found the headphones to be low quality. Especially with only 16 first class seats in their entire fleet, I feel like they should at a minimum be investing in Bose headphones.


Oman Air first class headphones

The amenity kit was quite nice, and had socks, eyeshades, earplugs, a toothbrush and toothpaste, mouthwash, a brush, hand and body lotion, moisturizer, and lip balm.


Oman Air first class amenity kit

There were also some nice pajamas and slippers.


Oman Air first class pajamas

There was a card for three hours of complimentary wifi — it’s always nice when airlines offer free wifi to premium guests.


Oman Air first class free wifi

Then there was the menu, wine list, and a special duty free offering for first and business class passengers. That special item was a $524 cologne from Roja — I’m not sure what exactly makes it worth that amount, though I did find the pricing to be funny.


Oman Air first class menu & wine list

Meal orders were taken about 75 minutes after takeoff, with the explanation that it was a dine on demand concept, so I could eat whenever.  The menu read as follows:

The drink list read as follows:

In the last post I had outlined the “Service by Design” concept, where Oman Air lets you pre-order your first class meal in advance. I had done that, but at first the crew seemed to have no clue what I was talking about when I referred to having ordered through “Service by Design.”

Then once they understood, they seemed to have no record of my order. They asked if I could remind them of my choices. Good thing I had a copy of it, because of course I’m not going to remember off the top of my head the seven course meal I ordered.

Reader John (who had previously written a guest review of Oman Air’s A330 first class) was also on the flight, and had the exact same problem. So I’m not sure if this is just a continued problem with the airline (since John had this issue on his previous Oman Air flight), if it had to do with the general inaugural issues, or what. In the end they did have everything, but it was a bit complicated.

Anyway, I ordered a glass of champagne, which was served to me about 80 minutes after takeoff. Oman Air has two choices for champagne in first class — 2009 Louis Roederer Cristal and Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle. Talk about an incredible selection.

While I generally prefer Grand Siecle, I had to try the Cristal, since it’s much rarer. It’s a bit sweet for my liking, but for those who feel that way, the Grand Siecle is a great alternative. One thing I’d mention is that the champagne was only slightly colder than room temperature, which sure is a shame for a $200+ bottle of champagne.


Oman Air first class Cristal champagne


Oman Air first class champagne

Finally 1hr45min into the flight my table was set, and I was offered an amuse bouche. I’m not sure exactly what it was, but it was good.


Oman Air first class amuse bouche

The table setting was beautiful. While this is minor, they just automatically poured still water, while on virtually any other world class airline they’d ask if you want still or sparkling water to drink.


Oman Air first class table setting

I do think they could get a bit more creative with their bread options, if they are going to offer an individual bread basket.


Oman Air first class table setting

About two hours after takeoff my first course was served, which was caviar. My gosh, what beautiful presentation. This is easily one of the nicest caviar presentations I’ve had on any airline, in particular with the six small ramekins around the plate.


Oman Air first class caviar service


Oman Air first class caviar service

There was even a mother of pearl spoon, and for anyone curious, they were serving Iranian beluga caviar.


Oman Air first class caviar service

Next up was the soup course, which was presented with a lid. Truly spot on presentation.


Oman Air first class soup

The soup was the one I had pre-ordered, which was an excellent lentil soup with lemon and pita bread croutons.


Oman Air first class soup

Next up was the main course. I had pre-ordered the jumbo prawns in red curry sauce with grilled pineapple, Asian greens, and coconut rice. I was presented the below. I asked if this was the seafood dish I had ordered (I had forgotten the exact details of what I ordered), and she said yes.

After consulting the menu it became clear to me that this was in fact the baked kingfish with lobster jus from the menu. I didn’t send it back because it looked good as well.


Oman Air first class main course

After that tray was cleared I was told that I’d be presented with another main course, consisting of prawns. Presumably that was actually what I had ordered. I was so full at this point that I declined, and just asked to have dessert next.

I was presented with a delicious selection of desserts, and had a cappuccino to drink.


Oman Air first class dessert

I was stuffed at this point, but was then brought out another dessert by the crew. “You have to try the profiteroles, it’s fine if you have just one.” I did indeed try one, and they were excellent.


Oman Air first class dessert

So on the plus side, the food quality was exceptional. Oman Air’s first class catering is really, really excellent. The service was also well intentioned, and I love their new plates.

However, service was disorganized and slow, and clearly Oman Air is struggling with delivering on their “Service by Design” concept. I’ll give the crew the benefit of the doubt here, as it’s likely they were nervous to have the CEO onboard, they were probably getting used to the new style of galley, and I have no doubts they were working as hard as they could. I’m sure these things will be fixed over time.

At this point it was three hours into the flight. I checked in with John, and to my surprise he hadn’t even been served his main course yet, and he had asked to eat as soon after takeoff as possible. Ouch!

At this point we had just 3hr20min remaining into the flight, meaning we were just over halfway to London. I asked to have my bed made.


Airshow enroute to London


Airshow to London

I really do like Oman Air’s pillows, though the rest of the bedding could use some help. I think they’re probably reusing the bedding from their old A330s, so the problem is that the mattress pad isn’t actually long enough, as you can see in the second picture below. I also think they could invest in some bedding that’s more plush.


Oman Air first class bed 787


Oman Air first class bed 787

I fell asleep pretty quickly and then was woken up about 2.5 hours out, because they were doing a raffle with prizes. Fortunately I managed to fall asleep again pretty quickly, and woke up 90 minutes out of London.


Airshow to London

I was still stuffed from the previous meal, though figured I should sample the afternoon tea. The crew stopped by my seat and asked what I’d like, and I told them to surprise me.

Great, more sweets, just what I needed. 😉


Oman Air first class pre-landing snack


Oman Air first class pre-landing snack

About an hour before landing the crew distributed landing and fast track cards for the UK.


Oman Air first class fast track card

At 6:25PM local time the captain announced that we’d be starting our descent in about 15 minutes, and that we’d be on the ground at around 7:10PM. Around this time I went to the lavatory again, and while looking into the galley I noticed that it basically looked like a war zone. I’ve never seen a galley that looked so messy. This further supported my theory that the crew is struggling with the new service, and I’m guessing they had a lot of pressure on them.

The seatbelt sign was turned on about 30 minutes out, and it was a beautiful evening in London.


View approaching London

We ended up touching down in London at 7:10PM.


Final approach to London Heathrow

From there we had a very short taxi to Terminal 4, where we passed a Kenya Airways 787, and eventually parked next to an Etihad A380 in the special “Year of Zayed” livery.


Kenya Airways 787


Etihad A380

Oman Air first class bottom line

Let me start with the positives. Oman Air is one of my favorite airlines out there, and probably my favorite boutique airline. They’re such a cute airline with an incredible business class hard product, generally friendly service (from a mix of locals and foreigners), and now a great hub airport in Muscat.

The Oman Air first class lounge was exceptional, the quality of the food was excellent, and I love the finishes they used for their new first class cabin.

Flying an inaugural flight can be fun, though sometimes it also doesn’t give you a chance to experience the real service, for better or worse. Often the cabin is full, there are executives onboard, and the crew is still learning the seats, galleys, etc.

The service on this flight was well intentioned, but there were a lot of small issues. The service was very slow, and Oman Air seems to have issues with delivering on their “Service by Design” concept, which there’s just no excuse for, since this is a recurring problem.

Furthermore, I think there are some areas where Oman Air could invest and it would make a big difference. For example, better bedding, better headphones, and ideally, something better than OnAir wifi (that last point would require a bigger investment)

Overall this is a great product, though, and I’d fly it again in a heartbeat, as I’m curious what it would be like on a “regular” day. Maybe part of the problem is that Oman Air’s business class product is so excellent, and when we’re talking about the short flights they’re using these planes for, it can be tough to actually fully maximize the experience.

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Comments

  1. Would have loved to see a pic of the galley afterwards, but can understand how that could embarass the airline.

  2. That First Class Lounge seems like a huge investment/expense for a max of 8 passengers a day (if l understand correctly?)

  3. Nothing to die for compared with other gulf airlines, the hard product for the busines class is the best however this is definitely my worst business class experience, treated like shit, sent feedback and no reply after three weeks…. avoid Oman if you want an hassle free journey !

  4. Hey Ben did you speak to the SVP of GE about the pre-ordered food issue? Surely she would not only know exactly what it is but would probably have signed off on it?

    Was she there more to help ensure the new soft product was delivered, or test if it was working? If its the former I would have thought she would have checked the pre-ordered meals and orders were correctly loaded before take off?

  5. I might be the only here but i’m abit underwhelmed by this product. The hype had me expecting so much but i’m pretty sure that there’re bussiness class products that you’ve reviewed that i’d rate much higher this starting from the bedding, food etc.
    I could be wrong here but..didn’t you write sth about Delta’s new suites being difficult to open as they are operated manually and you’d have preferred them being opened by the push of a button?

    Anyway, let’s start planning your next major trip that includes flying that beautiful Kenya Airways 787 JFK-NBO or the other way round.

  6. “Around this time I went to the lavatory again, and while looking into the galley I noticed that it basically looked like a war zone”

    Could it be that there was a window in the galley and that what you saw was actually Heathrow (I won’t judge you on how many bottles of alcohol you had 😉

  7. WHAT GIVES?
    Anyway, I ordered a glass of champagne, which was served to me about 80 minutes after takeoff.

    80 MINUTES?

  8. Interesting product. Hint for the haters: I will experience the Oman Air First class by PAYING for my ticket as I always do when flying 1st class.

  9. Looks exceptionally good. Hope they never have a good ff program and all people flying in first are like endre. Paid with hard earned money.

  10. I always fly first class for free. I’m famous so get free upgrades 127% of time. The other 3%, I fly the plane as I’m famous.

  11. This is one disorganized crew for sure. Would you trust this crew to Marshall an emergency situation? I doubt it. Plus, unless you are a once in a lifetime leisure traveler, why would you spend the entire flight eating and drinking? No sane business person would. The reason companies pay for business or occasionally first is to arrive rested and attend to business right away. This is a general statement , not just for this review.

  12. ”This was the plane’s first commercial flight, as it had just flown from the US to Muscat a couple of days prior, and had sat on the ground since.”

    They fly to the US?

  13. I hope you asked the bigwigs about why they use that slow WiFi.

    Good looks delicious, though bummer about not getting the prawns.

  14. @ Deepak — I’m not justifying one way or another the concept of “spending the entire flight eating and drinking,” but in reality this is something a lot of people do, even very frequent travelers. Psychologically it makes sense. If it’s a daytime flight like this, most people don’t want to sleep the whole time, and probably get bored. When people get bored they often eat. It’s why you see almost everyone eating the garbage they serve in domestic first class in the US.

  15. @ Sam — Hah, the KQ 787 is on my radar, so stay tuned! As far as the Delta Suites go, my beef there wasn’t that the doors weren’t electric, but rather that they were really difficult to open and close. The doors in Qsuites also have to be opened and closed manually, and I have no issues with those.

  16. @ James — I should have, but I spoke to her before the meal. She was seated in business class so I got the sense that she was talking to various passengers, she talked to the CEO for a while, and also talked to the crew. So I think she was mostly just observing, but not in an overly intrusive way.

  17. @ Ricky — Long term 16 passengers per day, since there will be two flights per day with eight seats each. But yes, it is a huge investment given that.

  18. @ John — While you can use Etihad miles for travel on Oman Air, the highest cabin you can redeem for is business class. For first class you could only redeem miles from Oman Air’s own program, and there are no easy ways to earn those miles.

  19. Sounds like typical Oman Air service. I’ve flown them a few times in economy, both within the gulf and also to Tanzania, service was usually chaos, felt like the crew were struggling with the simplest of service.
    When I flew them in business, a few days after they received their first 787-8, it was even worse. Horribly slow service, mixing up orders, service trolleys blocking the lavatories, felt like the crew never communicated with each other once.
    Sure, they have an good hard product. Personally I’d rather fly with their Gulf rivals, all of them deliver significantly better service.

  20. The menu doesn’t state which “The Glenlivet” offered, but if it’s the 12 year combined with Chivas 12, it’s a pretty weak Scotch collection. Emirates first has Dalmore King Alexander III, Johnnie Walker Blue , Glenfiddich 21 and Chivas Royal Salute 21. All $100-200 per bottle.

  21. I don’t see any reason why they still don’t get 5 stars from Skytrax. Currently, they’re rated 4.5 stars. But since they’re a ’boutique’ airline and their operations are small relative to most carriers, they can easily focus on improving their product. Even though Skytrax has long lost credibility, just like JAL, I think they deserve 5 stars.

  22. Looks like if they could offer a second main dish consisting of prawns they probably loaded the correct stuff onto the plane. But the process of finding out who ordered what got very messy. So it could very well be they served the kingfish dish wrongly and it was probably someone else’s, and they were trying to hide the mistake by serving another main course, the one originally ordered. But yeah, at least that dish looked REALLY good.

  23. I’d like to try Oman , only ever flown them on very short sectors before. The main constraint on choosing them: no partners other than Etihad. If they want to compete…maybe even pick up some of Qatar’s market share in the context of current issues….they need partners for crediting purposes.
    I don’t believe most passengers are interested in consuming this much food. To OFFER it is one thing, but to consume it…at 3-4,000 calories excluding booze…is another, and somewhat obscene.

  24. Well, considering this was the first flight with the new product onboard , Xia Cai. Senior Vice President Guest Experience and Branding is doing an excellent job.
    I’m sure her team will follow up with regard to your feedback.
    I do understand the situation with the low quality headsets and the cheap chocolate bar. However is well compensated with iranian beluga caviar not seen very often onboard these days, I see all the caviar served in other airlines coming from CHINA, excellent quality too, I was very impressed.
    It’s just a matter of time to make the necessary adjustments.
    OMAN AIR, GREAT PRODUCT, GREAT PEOPLE, GREAT AIRLINE.

  25. “I was offered an amuse bouche. I’m not sure exactly what it was”

    I’m not sure why you 1) don’t just consult the menu and/or 2) just ask the FA. It kind of matches up with the description in the menu?

    Debit/Endre is trying a bit too hard to try and convince us they aren’t the same person.

    Looks like a decent product, with some room for improvement.

  26. Many thanks for the review. I frequently fly WY Business Class long haul and agree their Apex Suites are simply the best. I was slightly underwhelmed by the First Class to be honest. The headphones are the same as the ones in C (they are just packaged differently), the amenity kit is identical to the C one (the pochette has be changed to dark brown) and the pyjamas are the same (except with First Class embroidered on them) I love the new table settings. Those plates are beautiful. Looking forward to seeing the new glassware – hoping that they don’t change the champagne flûtes though. I am sure the service flow will sort itself out and pre-order food too. I agree their food/wine is awesome. Great report. Any idea when the Spa will open in the lounge at MCT?

  27. Ben, just love reading your detailed reviews especially for the new and more obscure products. Now I know you love the Middle East carriers and with mostly good point. I do however have to ask the question if you got warm champagne served an hour after you boarded, got very poor bedding, no food you pre ordered, crappy wifi, terrible earphones etc etc on a BA inaugural would you be so understanding? On the upside they did have air nozzles so that’s always a win. Lol.

  28. I don’t like first class coffins (I mean suites) when they steal space. Some will say they enhance privacy but on all my travels F, J, Y I think I wouldn’t be able to recall 5 other passengers faces….
    Honestly I don’t give a sxxx about actors, models, singers, CEOs or Vips activities on planes or on ground…

  29. Interesting that the toilet had a bidet. Very nice touch! First time I have seen this on board any premium cabin.
    Lucky, have you encountered this before- on Japanese carriers perhaps?

  30. Why do you want Bose headphones? Try Bowers and Wilkins!

    I think this is a very positive review for Oman. Those who want something predictably decent can fly Etihad. Those who want boutique which might be chaotic but some flights could be exceptional can fly Oman. It is two different philosophies and personally I prefer the Oman way.

    And the Chief Executive cared enough to fly the inaugural. That shows that service has attention at the highest level. My guess is that it will improve over the coming months.

  31. “Chilly relish,” “crush potato,” “St. pauline”…

    The food choices sound lovely, but I don’t understand how such a high-quality product could elude appropriate English proofreading.

  32. Oman Air used to have a great premium product. This review and my experience in business on their 788s just reinforces my view that WY are going downhill rather than up. Lucky raves about the business class seats. I find them even worse than the BA ones – and I never thought I’d ever say that about a business class seat. They are so narrow it is uncomfortable and, because of he lack of width, the side table isn’t even wide enough for a glass.

    Food has always been good but I have always found the crew to be a very mixed bunch.

    Bring back the old business class seats. They were the best in the air.

  33. Hi Lucky,

    I’m an AvGeek, and also a frequent flyer. I really enjoy reading your reviews. I find them very fair and thoughtful.

    I do think that some of the comments you get are not very fair, and rather elitist…or worse, fake elitist. Elitist doesn’t matter, only authenticity matters.

    I read your latest review while in-flight in Biz class from HKG-LAX on American Airlines today. I’ve also flown the same and other routes in Economy, so be it.

    Stay true and honest, you’re great at that.

    My side note comment on my flights on AA to/from Hong Kong this weekend. I do love the AA 773 Biz product. The seats are consistent, the soft product of course always vary, aside from the great bedding. My outbound flight had an amazing crew, crazy attentive and friendly, even though I had no interest other than just water for the 17 hour flight from DFW. The crew on my return flight on their nonstop to LAX today was equally attentive, maybe more so, but they were so regimented (!). The return HKG-LAX flight also had the most unusual appetizer I’ve ever had in my 7 million miles of flying…it was WEIRD…”silky tofu”…it was no normal tofu, and I’ve had many Asian tofus…and we weren’t given a choice…but I think it impressive that AA made it a priority to be locally authentic with their menu. There was no “Western” menu option. Unfortunately I don’t like spicy dishes, and the dishes were all kinda spicy, even the salad dressings, but that’s just me…but AA proved themselves to be very authentic with their local catering. Just my random two cents…

  34. Why didn’t you just fly on it on a regular day what made want to do it on the inaugural flight because besides the hard product its a bit of a wasted review in some parts.

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