Oman Air, the domestic ﬂeet that began with ﬂights from Muscat to Salalah in 1993, is now a formidable international ﬂagship that is about to enter the Oneworld membership of world-class airlines. This gives the alliance a hefty footprint in the Middle East as Oman Air becomes its third major carrier in the region, along with Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian.
Oman Air currently operates to ﬁve Oneworld airline hubs—Amman, Colombo, Doha, Kuala Lumpur and London’s Heath-row—and codeshares with Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian and SriLankan Airlines. Oneworld will pave the way for additional codeshares.
Oneword’s most recent airline entrées have been significant, as well: Royal Air Maroc joined in 2020, becoming Oneworld’s ﬁrst full member on the African continent. Then Alaska Airlines joined last year, marking Oneworld as the only global airline alliance with two members in the United States. Oman Air operates a ﬂeet of four dozen aircraft and serves 41 destinations in 20 territories. With Oneworld, the airline will connect to more than 900 destinations.
Frequent ﬂyers on Oman Air will gain access to lounges at a range of airports, as well as added baggage beneﬁts and priority boarding advantages. Members of Oman Air’s frequent-ﬂyer program will earn and redeem miles on Oneworld alliance ﬂights, and members of other Oneworld airline programs will earn and redeem miles on Oman Air. Sponsored into the membership through Qatar Airways, Oman Air is the 14th airline to join Oneworld.