Carrier: Oman Air
The transfer from the spectacular Alila Jabal Akhdar resort in Oman’s Al Hajar Mountains brought me to the airport ahead of the expected arrival time, so the stress sometimes associated with getting to the airport was nonexistent. With many flights departing Muscat International Airport in the late hours of the night and early hours of the morning, the airport was busy with cars and people in the late evening. Oman Air makes the ground experience as smooth as possible by providing a separate check-in area behind closed doors for its Business and First Class passengers. The affable agent handled the procedure with friendly efficiency in what was perhaps the fastest check-in ever (less than three minutes). Separate Immigration and Security lanes providing no-wait service for Oman Air’s Business and First Class passengers departing MCT make the entire departure process agreeable and effortless.
Oman Air’s Business and First Class lounges are located in a private area of the airport just off to the side of the duty-free shopping zone. Guests in the Business Class lounge are greeted first by helpful staff at the Reception desk, then by a very large assortment of hot and cold dishes and drinks. The seating area beyond the food-service area was quiet, spacious, and comfortable.
Flight WY811 departed Muscat on time and arrived in Bangkok 20 minutes head of schedule.
Seat 10K was located in the front of the Oman Air Business Class cabin. I have never seen jewellery displayed on an aircraft before, and Oman Air’s use of heirloom jewellery as decorative items in the Business Class cabin front wall is both original and thoughtful in utilising simple but beautiful objects to convey a reverence for Oman’s rich cultural heritage, likewise reflected in the airline’s logo evoking wafts of frankincense. The flat-bed seat was very comfortable and sleep soon arrived. An hour before landing, I woke up feeling warm and cosy like a lazy winter Sunday morning.
Food And Beverage:
A menu offering a late-night snack and a variety of pre-arrival breakfasts, including a traditional Omani breakfast and Thai-stayle satay, was presented before departure from Muscat. Being a late-night overnight flight, sleep took precedence over eating.
Oman Air offers a considerable variety of international films and musical selections, but the relatively duration of the flight and a preference for sleeping precluded any need for entertainment beyond pleasant dreams.
Oman Air’s Business Class travellers are provided with Express Lane passes to facilitate arrival at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Luggage was delivered quickly and the driver from The Siam was right there for the transfer to Bangkok’s superbly luxurious urban resort on the Chao Phraya River, not in the tourist zone but rather further north, close to the Royal Palace.
Oman Air provides a thoroughly enjoyable travel experience both on the ground before the flight and in the air once wheels have left the tarmac.