Flying with Oman Air
Flying with Oman Air Muscat Reviews
Good airline but watch the connection procedure Jan 24, 2011
I booked Salalah – Muscat – Chennai on the same ticket with an overnight connection in Muscat. Initially it was a very short overnight (midnight to early morning) but with a reschedule, it became midnight to midday.
With such connections through Muscat, beware that Oman Air operates quite differently from other airlines.
You'd expect that your bags would be checked all the way to Chennai, and it's no one's business if you leave the airport to spend the night at the hotel (with just hand luggage). You'd return to the airport to go through immigration (exit) the next day.
Unfortunately, if your bags are checked through to Chennai (or another international destination), your boarding passes are stamped "Transit" and you clear immigration (exit) at Salalah instead of Muscat. You can't leave the airport, as you've technically left the country.
So, that was a slight inconvenience as I had to lug my pack to my nightstop and back the next day.
Inflight, Oman Air is as good as any airline. On the short 1h15 domestic hop, they served a full hot meal followed by hot and cold drinks. On the 3h international, they had a bar service (with alcohol), then a delicious hot meal followed by hot drinks.
Entertainment on these shorter flights are on dropdown screens ... which doesn't bother me.
Unfortunately I don't like the Boeing 737-800 which they fly on the shorter routes. It has a very unpleasant whine ... it probably depends on where you're seated.
Part of the 2010/11 Sumatra, Oman and Andaman Islands travel blog
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