Flying regularly between Goa and the UK has allowed me to check-out many of the regions’ airlines. Having recently had bad experiences on Air India and Jet Airways I decided to look at flying via the Middle East for my latest trip – and Oman Air were offering very competitive rates so I decided to give them a try – despite the awful connections in Muscat.
The overall experience was certainly above expectations. The Muscat to London flight was on an A330-300 with a 2-4-2 seat configuration, one of the roomiest widebodied jets I’ve experienced.
The onboard service was efficient – and the food more than edible. There was no issue with ordering alcoholic drinks. The washrooms were kept clean throughout and the onboard entertainment system offered a huge range of movies/TV and music, the only issue being the early collection of the headsets which left me twiddling my thumbs for the last hour of the flight.
There was a 7-hour layover in Muscat in both directions – so I took the opportunity to spend half-a-day exploring the sights on the outward leg, and I paid £30 to use the executive lounge on the return (which was excellent value).
The only thing that would put me off flying Oman Air in the future is the connection time in Muscat – other than that the service was a definite 8/10. There was even a full entertainment option on the shorter flight between Goa and Muscat.