I love Middle Eastern airlines which offer service from our local airport of Manchester. We have only flown with Oman Air once before, and having never heard of them, were incredibly impressed with the entire service. That experience pre-dates my blog, so I thought I would share our experience this time round. This is a must read for anyone considering a flight with Oman Air but unsure what to expect.
Our flights were a bargain. We booked flights from Manchester to Zanzibar via Muscat for just £908.25, a steal at around £450 each. Admittedly, while most of you were likely tucking into your Christmas dinner, I was searching for flights, so possibly a good day to buy.
The aircraft is configured as a 2-4-2 seat configuration which is my absolute favourite if I am flying in economy. I don’t have to worry about clambering over someone mid sleep, nor do I have to get annoyed with a guest who insists on continually bumping me (as I did on the flight from Muscat to Zanzibar!)
The seat pitch and width are both reasonable, and a large screen TV fills most of the top of the seat. It even houses a USB cord for those desperate to charge phones and other devices. Personally, I found the design a little dated but that takes away nothing from the comfort or space onboard.
On the flight to Muscat, the service exceeded my expectations. Our air hostess was keen to ensure we were well watered, offering us additional drinks with a wink. I did however find the service inconsistent across the flights we took and certainly don’t think it compares favourably with other Middle Eastern airlines.
Food and drink
The food was a dish of chicken or fish with pasta salad and a tangy dessert. Sadly, the chicken had run out by the time they reached me, so I had to settle for fish which was passable.
The pasta salad was lovely and the dessert was ok but nothing to write home about. In fact, on both legs we found the food acceptable but nothing exceptional.
My favourite aspects of the in flight food and drink service were the white wine (Maison Castle), a lovely dry chardonnay and the spicy Chatpatta sticks for munching on.
The entertainment was a little dated with only a few recent films to choose from. Many of the screens seemed to be mal-functioning with either the touch facility not working or the sound missing. I did not find the system especially easy to use and scrolling through the options was a little cumbersome to say the least.
That said, films were on demand and there were plenty of options in a variety of languages from Hollywood to Bollywood, Arabic and European. Whilst they may not have a vast selection, the airline has attempted to be inclusive of passengers from multiple countries.
As with my first flights on Oman Air, I was once again really impressed with the flight to Oman. Thankfully, it wasn’t busy on our flight so we both got two seats to ourselves giving us plenty of space to snooze in. Even without this, the seats are spacious enough to facilitate sleep and the service is exceptionally good.
For value for money, these flights would be hard to beat.
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