LHR -KHI on Oman Air 05 Aug 2012

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LHR -KHI on Oman Air 05 Aug 2012

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I arrived at the airport 2 hours before departure at 22:05. I had checked in online and was through very swiftly into the Heathrow Terminal 3 departure lounge. 1 hours before departure gate 25 was opened and I went through.

Oman Air Airbus A330-300
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Went aboard about 40 minutes before departure.
Cabin view
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View from my window AA 757-300 ER
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Push back at 22:00 and we were in the air by 22:15, quite quick for LHR. Dinner was served really late due to 2 hours of turbulence. Flight time announced 6h 55 min. Flight was about 60 % full.

A choice of chicken with mushroom, salmon with tamarind sauce and vegetable lasagne was offered. I went for the salmon.
It was really good.

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By this time we were flying over Romania
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Few hours (and a couple of movies) later breakfast was served.
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Landing into a misty, hazy Muscat. Arrived 30 minutes before scheduled arrival time.
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I was in Muscat after about 25 years. Seemed a bit more developed since i was here last time. But still so peaceful compared to Dubai's expansive and crowded airport.

Waited for the connecting flight. It was supposed to leave on time but we waited an extra 45 minutes before we boarded.

Flydubai 738
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Another A333 arriving
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ATR42-500
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Flight seemed about 80% full. We were bussed to our 738. (sorry photo misbehaving.)
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Cabin view
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view from my window
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Taxi-ing to the runway
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A333 I arrived in
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Oman Air Force A320
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C130
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Embraer 175 Royal flight perhas
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Finally took off over the Arabian sea headed for Karachi. Breakfast was served. It was not good at all and cold. Scrambled egg, methi paratha, spicy chicken, and potato waffle... strange.
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Approaching Karachi over Defence/Seaview
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Defence Authority cricket ground
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Over Malir
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Shaheen A333
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some more Shaheen 732s and Bhoja 732
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Emirates 773 i am sure it was taking off, but the reverse thrust?
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FlyDubai 738 ready to t/o
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more to come when I return later this month.
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Emirates Boeing 777 rejected/aborted takeoff?

Very nice set of photos - enjoyed viewing them.

Thank you for sharing.

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Abbas Ali wrote:Emirates Boeing 777 rejected/aborted takeoff?

Abbas
The flaps are in fully extended position so this must be a landing of another Emirates aircraft than the one which was towed back.
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Excellent photos =D>

Inspired me to take similar type of pictures next time I fly. BTW on your flight to KHI, it doesn't seem like it was A330 again right ?
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beautiful shots of Oman Air flight, like the way you captured the whole flight sequence :thumbs_up:
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faisal-777 wrote:Excellent photos =D>

Inspired me to take similar type of pictures next time I fly. BTW on your flight to KHI, it doesn't seem like it was A330 again right ?
Yes it was B738... The huge winglets and the tail in one of the shot clearly shows it was Boeing 737-800.
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Zulfiqar wrote: Embraer 175 Royal flight perhas
No, this is Royal Oman Police acft. It was purchased alongwith five Emb-175s for Oman Air in 2011. Oman Air fleet now is 3xA333, 2 x A332, 14xB738/7, 3xATR-42 and 5x Emb-175.
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Thank you all for the great feedback :D
TAILWIND wrote:No, this is Royal Oman Police acft. It was purchased along with five Emb-175s for Oman Air in 2011. Oman Air fleet now is 3xA333, 2 x A332, 14xB738/7, 3xATR-42 and 5x Emb-175.
Thanks, we were taxiing fast and i could not really make out the artwork or exactly what what was written on the plane.
faisal-777 wrote:Excellent photos =D> BTW on your flight to KHI, it doesn't seem like it was A330 again right ?
As AP-BGL wrote, it was a 737-800. You can also (just) see the cabin has only 6 seats across compared to the 8 in A333.
haroon_ek wrote:The flaps are in fully extended position so this must be a landing of another Emirates aircraft than the one which was towed back.
This is always possible. However, as I had a view of the runway from my window seat and not the terminal, I only witnessed the B733 of PIA take off and not the EK777 (being towed back) I had photographed while landing. As we approached the terminal I did not see the EK777 again.
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Zulfiqar! MashAllah very nice pictures, felt like I did my flight LHR-MCT-KHI :D..though i never been to Karachi.

very well explained and loved your pictures ^_^ =D> :thumbs_up:

Karachi looks beautiful mashAllah, would love to visit one day InshAllah :) that also reminds me of my last year visit to PEW, where I went to Oman Air's office in Saddar and requested them to resume flights to PEW. They were all looking at me in a strange way, (later, I felt very Embarrassed)but they were so nice, they give me 2 recent in-flight Magazines and some photos of Oman Air, as gift..

I don't understand one thing about ME Airlines, when you fly from European countries such as United Kingdom, the crew, inflight entertainment, aircraft, food etc would be perfect, but once you get on transit flight from their hubs to Pakistan, the aircraft, crew and food etc seems very down, feels like they don't bothered about this particular country or people?:S..

I am only saying, what i felt, especially with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways :(.
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Thank you Yasir, I am happy to share my travel experience here and glad you enjoyed it... although i should add that my photos are not the excellent quality that we see from some other HOP members.

As for the food is concerned, the crew apologised to me and said that they could bring me a warm one. Apparently, the amount of dry ice on some of the trays was excessive and they had been deep deep frozen. So the oven did not warm them through properly. However I was not keen on the food anyway. and it was a short 1h 20 min flight.

Also the aircraft 737-800 is not an old aircraft. The leg room was ample too ( I am 5' 11"). It was in reasonable condition. It is probably the right aircraft for the route; about 150 passenger capacity on a route which has not got the same demand as Dubai -KHI. When required they have had A330's on this route as well.

The Arab security staff members at Muscat were also polite unlike Dubai.

Another point to mention: yet again I at KHI , i was out of the airport (aircraft to airport exit) with my luggage in 15 min, and this time not hassle by the Health control staff.
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aha thats good Zulfiqar! iam glad u had a great time and experienced :)..

and I agree, when i was on me back flight PEW-DXB I was stopped by the those security people at X-ray machine, cuz i had the Aircraft hanger and ATC for my models aircraft scale 1:400 in my bag, anyways, and started to unpack my bag, he looked through and asked me what is all this and stuff? i explained i collect models.

Then he says okay fine, and i started to packing up again, then he moved away. I was really p*** off, called him back to help me packing up now, he came back and helped me, that was really bad experienced with them :(

but overall i enjoyed the both Emirates a/c B777-200 and A380 + stayed at DXB and had great time :thumbs_up:

but now i really want to fly Oman Air this time. So i'll fly from LHR- ISB, cuz they don't do PEW anymore :(..never mind, Zulfiqar when you're back from Pakistan, we must meet up inshAllah, u have nice time.. :D
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Wouhaaaaa !

Zabardast trip report ! Great Job man ;-)
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Looks like you had a good flight.

Oman Air product is really good. Travelled on them last year. Wrote a trip report too.
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Thanks Pakos and PK777.
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Thanks for your trip report.

Do you have any video footage?
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