Oman Air will join the Oneworld, an airline alliance headquartered in New York, USA, further strengthening the premier airline alliance’s leading position in the Middle East.
The Oneworld Governing Board, which consists of the Chief Executives of all Oneworld member airlines, elected Oman Air as a Oneworld member designate in Doha. Qatar Airways, a Oneworld member, will sponsor Oman Air’s entry and provide guidance and support as the airline integrates into the alliance.
Oman Air is expected to be implemented into Oneworld in 2024, following which it will provide the full range of the alliance’s benefits to customers traveling on its flights. Members of Oman Air’s Sindbad frequent flyer program will be able to earn and redeem miles on all Oneworld member airlines, with top-tier members receiving additional benefits including lounge access when traveling with other Oneworld members.
The new membership will provide even more flights and destinations to customers planning global travel across the alliance’s members, making Oneworld the only global airline alliance with three members in the Middle East after Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian.
“Oman Air’s admittance into Oneworld represents a defining moment in our journey to provide passengers with greater travel options through our developing partnerships and alliances. We’re delighted to be joining the world’s foremost airline alliance at a time when travel demand is on the rise. We look forward to welcoming Oneworld members onboard Oman Air to experience the height of Omani hospitality and all that the Sultanate of Oman has to offer in terms of history, culture and natural beauty.”
Oman Air’s joining will add new destinations to the Oneworld network including Duqm and Khasab in Oman and Chittagong (Bangladesh). Oneworld Emerald, Oneworld Sapphire and premium cabin customers will also gain access to three Oman Air lounges in Muscat, Salalah and Bangkok.
Oneworld CEO Mr. Rob Gurney said that “We are delighted that Oman Air has chosen Oneworld as its global airline alliance partner. With its network in Muscat and award-winning customer service, Oman Air will reinforce its position as the premier airline alliance for global travelers. As the global travel industry continues to recover from the pandemic, the significant growth of Oneworld in recent years demonstrates how important alliances and partnerships will continue to be.”
Following its entry into Oneworld, Oman Air will be the third new member of the alliance in five years, marking another achievement in Oneworld’s rapid growth. Royal Air Maroc joined the alliance in April 2020, adding Oneworld’s first full member in the African continent. This was followed by Alaska Airlines in March 2021, making Oneworld the only global airline alliance with two members in the United States.