The agent asked me if I already had a BP and I said no. She then asked if I had checked baggage and I said no and then she asked where I had flown in from. She typed away and produced a boarding pass for seat 10A and informed me the Oman Air lounge was beyond duty free.
I made my way through the empty transit security and wandered through the duty free before heading into the lounge.
The lounge has various areas including a children’s area, an area with tables and chairs for dining and other general lounge chairs. There is also a section with computers and finally a spa where you can get some short treatments.
There is a manned bar in the main dining area and considerable array of self-service food and soft drinks.
At 13:25 boarding was announced and I headed down to the gate. At the gate there was an official checking passports and boarding passes. This followed by the WY staff doing the same and swiping the BP into the machine. Unlike the BA flights to LHR there is no further security check done at the gate.
Inside the gate lounge I waited 5 minutes or so until the business class cabin was called. I went on through and onto the dedicated J bus. When all the business passengers were on board the bus pulled out and drove down to the aircraft.
I made my up the stairs and on board.
Flight WY0101 MCT-LHR Seat 10A
Departure time: 14:00
At the door the cabin manager greeted me and directed me through the F cabin to my seat in the first row of the J cabin.
My jacket was taken away to be hung and I was offered a drink. No prizes as to my choice. I was a bit shocked to see that it was the horrible Cattier stuff that BA was using at one point.
A hot towel was handed out whilst still on the ground after which an amenity kit and menus were given out. Doors closed at 14:05 and we rolled forward with a complement of 15 in the business cabin and 2 in F at 14:10.
As we neared the runway the cabin manager asked the crew to take their seats for take off. As we turned onto the runway he said again for the crew to take their seats we are leaving now. The woman behind me was still receiving phone calls as we approached the runway as well.
My IFE controls were dead so I couldn’t do my usual of setting up my playlist whilst we made our way into the air at 14:20.
The crew dropped by to take the meal order and I asked her to reset my seat.
A la Carte
Arabic red lentil soup
Pita bread croutons
Mixed leaves with fresh vegetables
Centre cut smoked salmon
Grilled vegetable timbale
Creamy pesto sauce
Roasted pumpkin, feta and zucchini frittata
Mildly spiced red pepper coulis
Small leaf salad
Pan seared beef fillet steak on polenta medallion
Creamy peppercorn sauce
Spicy potato wedges
French beans and buttered carrots
Arabic spiced hamour with melted zaatar butter
Whole meal penne with roasted mushroom cream
Caramelised carrots and cherry tomatoes
Rosemary and parmesan crumble
Mini fatoush salad
Smokey baba ganoush
Fine vegetable and olive pickles
Pan fried haloumi
Fresh coriander leaves, lemon
Arabian Festival Combination Dish
Grilled beef kebab
Roasted zucchini and caramelised garlic confit
Traditional vegetable saloona
Freshly sliced seasonal fruit
Gourmet ice cream selection
Velvety chocolate mousse cake
Milk chocolate sauce
Small berry compote
Selected farmhouse cheese
Cattier Brut Champagne
Amber and gold in colour. On the palate this Champagne is lively, full and fresh with tropical, floral and brioche aromas.
2008 Max Reserva Errazuriz Chardonnay
Casablanca Valley, Chile
With soft yellow colour and golden touches, this wine offers elegant notes of fresh fruit nicely enhanced by delicate aromas and lightly toasted caramel and butterscotch. A light swirling produces notes of white citrus lowers (sic) similar to grapefruit and mandarin blossoms, which highlight the wine’s minerality.
2008 Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Margaret River, Australia
A Margaret River benchmark, night harvest in cooler temperatures, great care in vilification and a proportion of fermentation in new oak French barrels contributes to this stylish wine. Fresh fruit characters with oak adding palate structure and the hallmarks of this crisp complex style.
2008 Mencia Cuatro Martin Codax
This wine has a morello cherry red colour with violet tints. On the nose it is of medium-high intensity with dominant varietal aromas of ref fruits and a touch of oak. It is well structured with firm but rounded tannins which make it elegant and balanced on the palate. The finish is full of vibrant varietal fruit.
2006 Shaw & Smith Shiraz
Adelaide Hills, Australia
The palate has rich blackcurrant with hints of coffee and white pepper adding depth. The fruit contributes onto the palate and leaves a nicely rounded spicy finish.
2003 Chateau Armajan Des Ormes
Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
A wonderfully rich dessert wine with a floral nose complimented by ripe apricot notes. A full body that is sweet but not cloying. The softer acidity, from hot 2003 vintage makes sure this is entirely ready to drink now. Perfect with cheese, dessert or after dinner
SPRIRTS, COGNACS and LIQUEURS
Glenlivet 12 year old
Remy Martin VSOP
Graham’s 10 year Old Port
Fine selection of Dilmah Exceptional
Selection of fresh juices
Selection of soft drinks
After taking my order and the guy in 10E she went back and did the deed on the IFE. The screen when black a while later and came to life a few minutes later but still refused to work.
When my rusty nail and some nuts were delivered I said it still wasn’t working. She went forward and soon after the screen went black again. After 5 or so minutes it came back to life and was working this time.
After the drink and nuts were consumed the main meal service started.
The table was laid and the charger plate put before me. A small plate of amuse bouche in the form of chicken pate with pistachio crust and mango chutney was put on the charger.
I asked for some of the Shaw and Smith shiraz. My salad, yes check that out, a salad was set before me. The weekend of overindulgence was starting to come to an end. It mainly consisted of leaves with a couple of pieces of cucumber and a cherry tomato that had been halved. The dressing was quite nice. Bread was offered and more later in the meal.
After my salad I went with the beef dish that smelled divine. It tasted as good as it smelled.
My glass was re-filled with wine several times as well as water top ups along the way. They were not using the VOSS water for some reason and were using small bottles of Evian.
I was really starting to feel the excesses of the weekend and when the dessert of the chocolate mousse cake arrived I looked at it and thought could I actually eat it!
I did though and it was quite nice. It hard to get a chocolate mousse wrong though.
I was offered coffee or tea after the meal and went with a double espresso.
Two hours and nineteen minutes before landing the crew asked if I would like the refreshment and I couldn’t face it so declined.
Light gourmet platter
Traditional Arabic kunafa
Smoked salmon and asparagus canapé
Mini vol au vent
Creamed feta and marinated vegetables
Hot towels were handed out around 10 minutes later and others in the cabin had the second meal, although not all of them. I asked for some sparkling water and the crew came back with a bottle of San Pel.
The call was made for the cabin crew to ready for landing as we flew in over London. We circled once over east London and then flew out beyond Heathrow and in over Windsor.
We touched down at 19:20 and were at the gate shortly afterward. We exited through door 2L and I made my way up to immigration. IRIS was happy today and let me in without delay. I then made my way down and out and looked for my name on the signs. There were two gents with a sign with three names on it and the Oman Air logo. I said I am the top of your list and one of the drivers invited me to follow him.
We walked up to the car park and I was invited to jump in the back of a black BMW 7 series that was to be my ride home.
Forty-five minutes later I was walking up to my door a little over an hour since touch down.
Oman Air impressed me on this flight as much as they had done on the previous three. I hope that one day they join an alliance and that I can get the opportunity to fly in first with them some day.
Here I leave you again until I next pick up this RTW in June.
Happy contrails and safe travels to you all.