Not long ago, I was looking through a cloud backup and managed to find a heap of photos I had previously thought got deleted. To my surprise, I was able to recover photos from my Oman Air flight back in June, so I thought I’d finally get around to writing the post.
Due to the blockade between Qatar and the UAE, you cannot merely fly between the two. The easiest way to get to the UAE from Qatar is via Muscat in Oman, and yes, it’ll be a longer journey; still, I was especially excited as I hadn’t ever flown Oman before and was overly excited to see how the airline performs on a short sector.
The Embraer is the smallest aircraft they operate between Muscat and Dubai as you’ll find a lot of services are operated by their A330’s and 787’s.
The Embraer holds 11 business class seats which are in a 1-2 configuration which is fantastic if you’re travelling solo, it gave me vibes of Virgin Australia’s E190’s that they used to operate.
The seats have a large amount of legroom and quite a sufficient recline, the big windows are also a bonus but sadly, my windows were pretty damn dirty.
Each seat has an IFE screen as well as a USB port, but the entertainment didn’t seem to work on my flight, I suppose there is no need for it when you’re really only in the air for 40 minutes maximum.
One thing I found odd and rather interesting was the tissues stuffed in the AC vents. At first, I thought this was just passengers being disgusting, but a few minutes later I felt a couple of drops of water on my arm and bizarre sound like crushing ice – it was leaking and it’s apparently a common occurrence, who knew.
After having a micro shower onboard, it was time for departure. The crew seemed not at all worried about the AC, and it appeared this is standard practice, okay.
Before departure, the crew came around to offer a pre-departure beverage, and I elected to get the lemon and mint juice.
We departed on time and headed to Dubai, which was less than an hour away.
As soon as we reached our cruise altitude, the crew sprung into action, and the meal service was started exceptionally efficiently and quickly, this is where the Middle Eastern carriers do exceptionally well.
A small lunch was served which consisted of chicken (which was so juicy and flavourful) as well as some smoked salmon, green peppers and some other salad pieces. A bread roll was also served, but it’s not pictured.
For a flight that is at most 40/45 minutes in the air, I’m not complaining – the food was actually pretty great.
As I was finishing my meal, the aircraft started its descent into Dubai.
Even though the windows were pretty dirty, I was still able to get a good view when approaching Dubai.
And just like that, we had arrived in Dubai at T2, which is definitely far from the best terminal at the airport. Nonetheless, I was very excited to be back.
This trip was a continuation from the Qsuites flight before my Emirates new first class to Brussels the next day. I was only in Dubai for one night and to see the review of the JW Marriott, take a look here.
Overall I was extremely pleased with my first Oman Air and would happily fly them again. Only a few weeks ago, I flew on their A330 from Dubai then their 787 to Bangkok which I will be reviewing soon.