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Oman Air Business Class Review

Oman Air is an underappreciated airline. They don’t get as much attention as the big 3 in the Middle East. Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates are the big beasts!

I’d heard good things about Oman Air Business Class, and they didn’t disappoint! They have a unique ‘apex suite’, which provides privacy and comfort. The flight had a wide variety of premium drinks, and the food was well presented and decent.

This review has tons of photos. They can all be clicked and pop out into a slideshow.

What I liked

  • Apex suite provides privacy and aisle access for every passenger
  • Excellent business class champagne
  • Full amenity kit with high quality bag
  • Food was well presented and freshly prepared
  • Wide selection of in-flight entertainment

What could be improved

  • Seat not as wide as other business classes

The Booking

I booked Oman Air Business Class using Etihad Air miles. 60k miles to travel from London to Mumbai. It’s not the best redemption I’ve every done, but I thought it was a good use of my miles.

I’ve booked some terrific deals in the past. I used 40k Asiana Air miles to fly Etihad First. I also used points to stay at the Intercontinental Paris and the Intercontinental Boston.

Virgin Atlantic only charge 37,500 miles one way to fly in Business. Sadly, I couldn’t find availability.

The Seat

Oman Air have a unique seat in Business Class. It’s called an Apex suite. I like the seat, although hardly any airlines use it. The most popular business class seats are reverse herringbone and staggered.

The apex suite has the following features.

  • 6 seats per row
  • Full aisle access. Window seats have a private walkway
  • Aisle seats are partially enclosed
  • Window seats have full privacy

The downside to the layout is that there’s 6 seats across. This reduces the width of each seat. I understand why other airlines haven’t copied the seating layout – they don’t want to have 6 across. For years, British Airways had 8 seats per row in business class. It didn’t matter how good their food and service was, they were hammered because of their seats. That’s why they updated their cabin to have 4 seats per row.

In the slideshow above, I’ve uploaded a few photos from different angles. This helps give a feel for what the Oman Air seat is like.

I was in window seat 14k which had lots of privacy. The cabin is small with 12 people in it.

Half way through the flight, I flipped the seat over and turned it into a bed. I was able to get 3 hours sleep.

There’s a lot to love with the Oman Air Business Class seat. The window seats provide tons of privacy, and even the aisle seats had some privacy. It’s also good for couples and families, as you can sit close by one another.

The Food

I was impressed by the meal service with Oman Air. The food was well presented and had been freshly prepared.

I had yoghurt for starter. I then had the Arabic mezze as my main. It was good but not amazing. The bread wasn’t warm, which is always disappointing.

The 2nd meal contained fruit, hummus, green tea and a tart. An unusual combination! However it worked, and the was fresh and pleasant!

I really appreciated the effort they put into presentation. It takes a lot of effort to present a meal well, and not all carriers do this.

The Drinks

The drinks selection was excellent.

I had 2 glasses of the Laurent Perrier Brut, which retails for around $50. Two glasses is pretty good for me. Normally, business class champagne gives me a headache!

The spirit selection included Grey Goose Vodka, Chivas Regal Whisky and Glenlivet Whisky. That’s a high quality selection, and better than most airlines.

In fairness to Oman Air, they have an excellent drinks selection on the ground too. The flagship business lounge in Muscat has a manned bar and amazing coffee. That lounge is probably the best business lounge in the world. It’s that good. 

The In-Flight Entertainment

The In-flight entertainment was good. The screen was large and crisp. In addition, there were loads of English options.

The TV screen was fixed in place, at the front of the seat. As such, the TV was available from take off until landing. Some older seats, have TV screens that pop out. You aren’t allowed to used these screens during take-off, as they may hit you in the face!

The Amenity kit

Oman Air provide a comprehensive Amenity kit in Business Class. It was packaged in a high quality leather bag. It had the following items

  • Moisturiser
  • Lip balm
  • Mouth wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Face moisturiser
  • Blindfold
  • Razor
  • Ear plugs

The bag was one of the best I’ve received in business class.

They even provided a disposable razor. In my view, anyone shaving on a flight with a disposable razor, presents a danger to themselves and others! These people shouldn’t be allowed to fly at all!


Oman Air have a very good business class. All seats have aisle access with good privacy. The drinks selection is wide, and the food was decent. They may not have the most fashionable business class in the sky (i.e. Qatar or Emirates), but they have a very good product.

Oman Air’s hub airport is in Muscat. It’s a lovely airport with some amazing lounges. One lounge is the Primeclass Lounge. For me, it’s the best Priority Pass lounge in the world. It’s a huge lounge with massage chairs, computer games and a pool table.

Etihad is another airline that I’m familiar with. They’re also a competitor to Oman Air. I flew their business class from London the Abu Dhabi. I had a terrific flight. The food was excellent – although calorific! The seat was very comfortable too.

Dr. Zafar

I am traveling by Oman Air business from Dhaka to London. Very disappointing situation at Dhaka airport. There is no business class lounge for Oman air passengers. Moreover, they don't have any kind of facilities for business class passengers. What a shame. In addition, the flight is more than 4 hours delay. Horrible airlines, please try to avoid them.

January 9, 2023

Vin Gupta

I'm sorry that your trip was not good. My experience was much better! The Oman Air Lounge in Muscat is amazing. I reviewed it in the article:

January 9, 2023

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