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I’ve flown Oman Air in business class and really enjoyed the experience. They’re a great little airline, and are now even better than ever, given that they’re operating out of Muscat Airport’s new terminal. Oman Air also has first class on their A330s, which by comparison looks disappointing, since it’s not that much better than business class.
Oman Air’s 787 business class
There’s some exciting news on that front. Over the summer Oman Air will be taking delivery of a Boeing 787-9 featuring new first class suites. Oman Air hasn’t yet revealed the full details of their new product, other than to confirm that these 787s will feature first class, and that it will be a new product. Oman Air has scheduled these new 787-9s to fly between Muscat and London Heathrow as of July 1, 2018.
I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to book a seat on one of these flights, given that Oman Air has one of the only first class products I haven’t yet reviewed. While Oman Air has excellent first class fares from select cities to Asia, it’s tougher to find good first class fares to London.
At the moment Oman Air has excellent companion first class fares from Kathmandu to Europe. These fares are available to London, Frankfurt, and Munich, though you’ll want to fly to London to experience Oman Air’s new first class. The fares must be booked by April 10, 2018 (though could be pulled earlier), and travel needs to be completed by November 30, 2018.
How good are the fares? Two people can fly roundtrip first class from Kathmandu to London for $3,569, or under $1,800 per person:
As a point of comparison, the fare for one person would be about $3,050, so taking along a companion represents significant savings:
I don’t recall ever seeing better fares for Oman Air first class to London, and the fact that they have their new first class on the route makes this even more compelling.
I’m definitely going to book one of these fares, but just need to figure out the logistics. It’s too bad there’s not an even cheaper one-way fare. Best I can tell, you also can’t book a roundtrip, with the outbound in first class and return in economy, and then split the difference on the fare (someone correct me if I’m wrong).
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If you do book one of these fares specifically for the purpose of trying Oman Air’s new 787-9 first class, I’d also note the risk of a potential aircraft swap. Since Oman Air hasn’t yet taken delivery of their first 787, there’s always the risk of it being delayed, especially since it has new seats, which can often cause problems.
Anyone tempted to take advantage of these great Oman Air first class fares?