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Oman Air to Join the oneworld Global Airline Alliance

Muscat-based Oman Air has been elected as a new oneworld® member by the alliance’s Governing Board, which is comprised of the Chief Executives of all member airlines. Qatar Airways will act as sponsor, supporting the airline's integration into the alliance.

Oman Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner - Courtesy Boeing

On Monday (June 20, 2022), oneworld announced that their Governing Board, which is comprised of the Chief Executives of all member airlines, has elected Oman Air as a member designate. Qatar Airways will act as sponsor for Oman Air’s entry into the global alliance, providing guidance and support as the carrier integrates into the network. Integration is expected to be implemented in 2024, at which time the carrier will provide a full range of oneworld benefits. Oman Air Sinbad frequent flyer members will then be able to earn and redeem miles on all oneworld member airlines, with top tier members receiving enhanced benefits such as lounge access when traveling on any member airline.

In today’s announcment, oneworld Governing Board Chairman and Qatar Airways Group’s Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said,

“Today marks a new milestone in oneworld, as our friends at Oman Air become a member elect of our award-winning alliance. Passengers of Oman Air will be offered a seamless travel journey, connecting them to more than 900 destinations across 170 countries. As the Chairman of oneworld, we look forward to welcoming Oman Air into our alliance as they will bring great benefits, allowing passengers to discover not just a new member with an excellent reputation, but a beautiful country.”

Also commenting on Oman Air’s entry into the alliance, oneworld’s CEO, Rob Gurney, said,

“We are delighted that Oman Air has chosen oneworld as its global airline alliance partner. With its network in Muscat and award-winning customer service, Oman Air will reinforce our position as the premier airline alliance for global travellers. As the global travel industry continues to recover from the pandemic, the significant growth of oneworld in recent years demonstrates how important alliances and partnerships will continue to be.”

Oman Air’s CEO, Eng Abdulaziz Al Raisi, added,

“Oman Air's admittance into oneworld represents a defining moment in our journey to provide passengers with greater travel options through our developing partnerships and alliances. We're delighted to be joining the world's foremost airline alliance at a time when demand for travel is on the rise. We look forward to welcoming oneworld members onboard Oman Air to experience the height of Omani hospitality and all that the Sultanate of Oman has to offer in terms of history, culture and natural beauty.”

Oman Air CEO Eng Abdulaziz Al Raisi (seated, left) and oneworld CEO Rob Gurney (seated, right) sign the agreement for Oman Air to join oneworld in Doha at the IATA Annual General Meeting – Courtesy oneworld

Oman Air is the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman. The multi-award winning carrier maintains the highest standards of performance in all aspects of operations, and currently serves 41 destinations in over 20 countries and territories. The airline’s ultra-modern and fuel efficient fleet are renowned for their bespoke interiors and innovative inflight entertainment (IFE) systems. Oman Air continues to invest in the latest technologies, propelling the carrier to the forefront of modern aviation. Oman Air operates a fleet of over 40 aircraft including Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Airbus A330s Boeing 737NGs.

oneworld brings together 14 world class airlines including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, as well as over 20 of their affiliates and Fiji Airways a oneworld connect partner. Oman Air is expected to become a oneworld alliance member airline in 2024.

Source(s): oneworld, Oman Air

Editor’s Note: Russia-based S7 Airlines has temporarily been suspended by oneworld.


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