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Oman Air First Class Review B787-800 Muscat Oman MCT to Frankfurt Germany FRA

July 22, 2023
Osman Dadi
The second leg of my review of Oman Air first class on my journey from Bangkok to Frankfurt.
From
MCT
To
FRA
Duration
7h50m
Via
Oman Air
Seat(s)
1K
Points Used
100,000
Cash Spent

This is the second segment of my Oman Air first class trip from Bangkok to Frankfurt. The first flight from Bangkok to Muscat was also on a B787-800 and was a fantastic experience. After landing, I headed to the Oman Air first-class lounge in Muscat, which as an experience, is the closest thing I have ever felt to royalty! Since both flights were on the same aircraft type, I will focus on a few items I left out of the first leg and the delicious food and spectacular hard product.

Booking an Oman Air First Class Ticket

I booked this as an award fare using Aeroplan points. The award set me back 100,000 points plus taxes and fees. You can check out the first leg review for more details on how I booked this award.

The Oman Air First Class Lounge and Boarding

After disembarking from the first flight sector from Bangkok to Muscat, I made my way over to the Oman Air first-class lounge. If I were to use one word to describe it, I would say “spectacular.” I will not dwell too much on the lounge here, and you can read our comprehensive review to get an excellent feel for this fantastic facility.

Gate A8 entrance for my Oman air first class flight to Frankfurt.
Gate A8 entrance for my flight to Frankfurt.

Sadly, my three hours in the lounge went by in a flash, and before you knew it, I needed to head over to gate A8 to catch my connection to Frankfurt.

Flight Oman Air B787-800
Flight Oman Air B787-800

Boarding

I had learned from my experience on Salam Air, so I was in no rush. I waited until the last minute before going to the gate to board my second flight.

Gate A8 lobby as we line up for boarding.
Gate A8 lobby as we line up for boarding.

After some time, I headed to the gate about 35 minutes before departure. I arrived to find a crowded gate area, but the boarding was well underway. Unfortunately, there were no special greetings on this round.

Jet bridge for my flight with some floor details.
Jet bridge for my flight with some floor details.

Oman Air First Class Cabin and Seats

On the first leg, I didn’t get much chance to shoot the tastefully designed first-class cabin. However, this time I managed to shoot a few more snaps highlighting how exquisite and beautifully decorated the Oman Air first-class cabin is.

Gorgeous Oman Air logo centerpiece at the front of the First Class cabin (repost from first flight).
Gorgeous Oman Air logo centerpiece at the front of the First Class cabin (repost from first flight).
The elegant Oman Air logo, lighted, at the front of the First Class cabin.
The elegant Oman Air logo, lighted, at the front of the First Class cabin.
The intimate and very private feel of the First Class cabin.
The intimate and very private feel of the First Class cabin.
Flight cabin lighting emulating a sunset ambiance.
Flight cabin lighting emulating a sunset ambiance.
A quick view of the center seats - these have a sliding partition in between for additional privacy.
A quick view of the center seats – these have a sliding partition in between for additional privacy.

Seat 1K

On the second leg, I opted to try the first row of seats instead. I have to confess that I am ultra-picky about seat assignments. Specifically, I tend to stay awake on flights and always like the view out the window.

Seat 1K with the sliding door in front.
Seat 1K with the sliding door in front.

I found that the first row of seats aligns slightly better than the second regarding windows and views. However, this alignment is very marginal but worth noting if you’re picky and this matters to you.

Seat 1K with the sliding door in front.
Seat 1K with pillow

If I were to choose again, I’d opt for the first row over the second row every time.

A close-up of the personal single light and Air Nozzle.
A close-up of the personal single light and Air Nozzle. 
Oman Air First Class seats are equipped with a large table - this pops out from the side of the seat.
Oman Air First Class seats are equipped with a large table – this pops out from the side of the seat.

Oman Air First Class Bathrooms

The Oman Air B788s feature two different bathrooms for the First Class cabin. Both are at the front of the aircraft. All bathrooms come stocked with standard first-class amenities, and the toilets also feature bidets. The amenities include actual towels as well as a selection of toiletries.

Oman Air first class toilet One with toiletries on the left.
Oman Air first class toilet One with toiletries on the left.

Bathroom Amenities & Features:

  • Towels
  • Toothbrushes
  • Aftershave and Perfume
  • Bidet
  • Folding Table

Bathroom One

This is the larger of the two bathrooms and is right in the center-front of the cabin, behind the Oman Air logo sign. I found this centrally located bathroom incredibly spacious and roomy.

Oman Air first class toilet with toiletries on the left.
The toilet with toiletries on the left.
The automatic Bidet at the toilet was a very nice feature.
The automatic Bidet at the toilet was a very nice feature.
Some complimentary toiletries which are refilled regularly.
Some complimentary toiletries which are refilled regularly.

Bathroom Two

The second smaller bathroom is located to the center left near the cockpit door. This bathroom is much tighter and less comfortable for changing clothes.

The much-tighter forward bathroom; the door is to my left and a mirror behind. This is just prior to landing, so the amenities were already removed.
The much-tighter forward bathroom; the door is to my left and a mirror behind. This is just prior to landing, so the amenities were already removed.
The much tighter fit in Bathroom #2, with a mirror on the left side. The toilet comes with a Bidet.
The much tighter fit in Bathroom #2, with a mirror on the left side. The toilet comes with a Bidet.
A folding table which overlaps with the toilet bowl if opened. The larger bathroom also has this.
A folding table which overlaps with the toilet bowl if opened. The larger bathroom also has this.

However, due to its location being a little further away, I found it to be less used and thus also cleaner.

The Oman Air First Class Amenity Kit

It will be no surprise to find out that the Oman Air first-class amenity kit on this flight was identical to the first leg form. You can check out the first leg review for more information. However, the kit’s contents were as follows:

  • Lip Balm
  • Hand and Body Lotion
  • Eye Mask
  • Ear Plugs
  • Comb
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Socks

The Flight 

Like the first flight, as soon as I was in my sea, I was promptly served Arabic coffee with warm nuts and a date. This was one of my favorite parts of the Oman Air flight experience.

I was offered wine and coffee with mixed nuts pre-departure snack.
I was offered wine and coffee with mixed nuts pre-departure snack.

I also opted to ask for a glass of wine for the pre-departure beverage, which was quickly served with a warm towel. Although this was virtually the same as the previous flight, it was done much quicker.

Oman Air first class wine and nuts
Oman Air first class wine and nuts

 In a matter of no time, we had taxied and were up and gone making our way to Frankfurt.

Oman Air first Class Sleep Mode

I decided to switch things around on this flight, so I informed the flight attendant that I would be sleeping first and dining later. I opted to do so because this flight had a very early morning departure, and we had a pre-7 am scheduled arrival time.

Oman Air first class Seat 1K in sleep mode.
Oman Air first class Seat 1K in sleep mode.

Not to mention I was already very full from my dining experience at the Oman Air lounge.

Oman Air first class Seat 1K in sleep mode.

The turn-down service was like my first flight and was not carried out fully. Ultimately, I had to set up the bed on my own rather than the flight attendant doing it for me.

The Oman Air first class suite has lots of privacy with the door closed.
The Oman Air first class suite has lots of privacy with the door closed.

Oman Air first Class Meal Service

Since I elected to sleep first and eat later, the flight attendant woke me up approximately 2h15m before landing to have my meal. Glancing at the menu, I quickly ordered the following options:

  • Caviar (with Accompaniments)
  • Vegetable & Cheese Ravioli with herb pumpkin sauce, shiitake mushroom, broccoli, and sun-dried tomato.
  • Baked Egg with Pimento and Cheddar Cheese, Hollandaise Sauce, Grilled Herb Veal sausage, carrot rosti, potato, asparagus, mushroom, and cherry tomato.
The caviar is absolutely delicious and I definitely relished this experience to be able to enjoy it.
The caviar is absolutely delicious and I definitely relished this experience to be able to enjoy it.

Had it not been for the absolutely excellent meal in the lounge, not to mention the previous flight, I would have tried more from the menu on this as well. Unfortunately, as a regular human, I can only eat so much in a six-hour window! Regardless of how delicious the food is.

Vegetable & Cheese Ravioli with herb pumpkin sauce, shiitake mushroom, broccoli and sun-dried tomato.
Vegetable & Cheese Ravioli with herb pumpkin sauce, shiitake mushroom, broccoli and sun-dried tomato.

The meal lived up to the high expectations already set by the previous flight and the lounge. The food was incredibly delicious and served to perfection. My favorite was still the caviar (the accompaniments made it particularly tasty), but the ravioli also tasted superb!

Baked Egg with Pimento and Cheddar Cheese, Hollandaise Sauce, Grilled Herb Veal sausage, carrot rosti, potato, asparagus, mushroom and cherry tomato.

I tried to order a fourth dish, but unfortunately, there were only about 50 minutes left in the flight by that time, and there wasn’t enough time to serve another dish.

Arrival at Frankfurt

The flight was perfectly on time, like its earlier counterpart. We landed into a cold, foggy pre-dawn morning in Frankfurt. In the end, I realized that from Bangkok to Frankfurt, I didn’t see a single bit of daylight on my entire route with Oman Air.

It was only about five minutes from landing to the gate; we were directed to a gate at Terminal 2, C Bank. This would conveniently put me within just a ten-minute walk to Terminal 2, E Bank, where my next flight would be leaving for New York JFK about 3 hours later.

The final part of my adventure home continues on our final flight, DAL 107 from Frankfurt to New York JFK on the A332 in Delta One.

Final Thoughts

Since I’ve flown JAL First Class most recently, I’ll compare my experience to that one.

Both seats are incredibly similar; it feels like maybe the Oman Air first class platform is an evolution of the Japan Air platform. However, the addition of the Door and built-in coat rack is a nice benefit for those who like privacy. Just like with JAL, this flight’s cuisine and food offerings were incredible. The options were vast, the presentation was always stellar, and it always tasted delicious. I loved the caviar, which I was lucky to have twice!

What I did not like about Oman Air that I really liked about JAL is that the crew seemed a little less attentive, the bathroom wasn’t cleaned regularly, and the lack of free Wi-Fi was disappointing (it didn’t matter to me that much on two overnight flights). I will also say that the Oman Air services were incredibly personalized, and I would love to fly them again.

The Pros:

  • So much food! Dine on Demand with many, many options.
  • Caviar is a huge plus – I was lucky to have it twice.
  • More personalized Ground Services with a dedicated Lounge.
  • Brand new plane, with an excellent seat.
  • Lots of privacy – both within the plane and in the Lounges.
  • Positive, very happy, and friendly crews & agents on all parts of the journey.
  • Excellent Customer Service

The Neutral:

  • The aforementioned privacy – or lack of people – is sometimes a bit odd. It was most noticeable in the Oman Air First Class Lounge, where I was one of just three guests during the overnight stay.
  • The Crew, Flight, and Ground Teams were extraordinarily gracious and very caring, but an “oomph” X factor was missing in the service (something I experienced on JAL).

The Cons:

  • Bathrooms should be cleaned after every visit – this was a stand-out component of JAL and was not done on either of my Oman Air flights. I also noticed that, unlike JAL, the FAs did not assist with taking your clothes before and handing them off after.
  • Make-up of the bed – I had to do some things myself, rather than them being done for me.
  • Not able to take the food/wine menus. This was odd on the first flight, but I got permission on the second.
  • Expensive Wi-Fi – unlike other First-Class carriers, Oman Air still charges their premium customers for the internet. The 100 MB of free internet is limited in use, and to have full Wi-Fi on both flights would cost ~$80, which is pretty steep.

Overall, the Cons are minor compared to the incredible service and excellent experience Oman Air offers!

RATING: 9.5/10