Oman Air has announced it is seeking membership in the Oneworld alliance. The Muscat-based airline has asked fellow Gulf carrier and Oneworld member Qatar Airways for help making its application.
According to reports in Reuters, Oman Air issued a statement that read, “As the industry recovers from COVID, airline alliances are going to be more important than ever. This will provide us with excellent global connectivity, a seamless travel experience and more valuable loyalty offerings for our guests.”
Qatar Airways joined Oneworld in 2013, and the airline group’s CEO Akbar Al Baker is currently the chairman of the alliance. The carrier is one of 14 airlines that are currently full members of Oneworld, including American Airlines, British Airways, Japan Airlines and Qantas.
The alliance declined to make a statement on the Oman Air reports. “At any time, there are ongoing discussions with a range of prospective members but we do not comment on any specific airlines,” a Oneworld spokesman said.
From its hub at Muscat International Airport, Oman Air currently flies to 34 cities across the region and internationally, and says next year it will increase its network to 44 destinations.