Qatar Airways Leasing Oman Air Airbus A330s

Due to a shortage of aircraft, the airline is renting planes from other airlines. The airline is also leasing the A330s from Oman Air, which is being used for cargo flights.

Three Airbus A330-300s join Qatar Airways fleet

In the last couple of weeks, Qatar Airways has leased three of the six A330-300s that Oman Air has. The three aircraft that are being leased by Qatar Airways are all seven years old.

Qatar Airways is leasing three Oman Air A330s

These planes are being used for certain flights between Doha and the following destinations.

  • Colombo, Sri Lanka (CMB)
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh (DAC)
  • Tunis, Tunisia (TUN)

If you look at the seat map, you can easily tell if your flight is operated by this version of the A330.

  • Business class consists of 24 seats, spread across four rows in a 2-2-2 configuration, with rows 10, 11, 12, and 14 (row 13 is skipped)
  • Economy class consists of 265 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration, and starts in row 20 and ends in row 53

I don't know if this is a dry lease or a wet lease, so if anyone takes one of these flights, please report back. It is interesting to see this level of cooperation, as Oman Air is looking for help to join the oneworld alliance.

What does this mean for the passenger experience?

It's cool to see that Qatar Airways is leasing aircraft from two of my favorite airlines. Qsuites business class is amazing, but the product of Oman Air is better.

I like to sit in business class, which is why I'm happy that the A330s being leased by the Oman Air feature the Apex Suites.

Oman Air A330 business class

The A330 business class owned by Qatar Airways has small footwells, which is better than the business class owned by Oman Air. Due to the A350 issues, they're sticking around for now, even though they were planning on phasing out these planes.

Qatar Airways A330 business class

Bottom line

Three A330s are being leased from Oman Air and are being flown to three destinations. This is an upgrade in terms of the passenger experience, depending on which plane your flight would have otherwise been operated by, because these planes have Apex Suites in business class.

It is going to be interesting to see how the carrier is able to add capacity as it grounds more and more A350s. The airline is now flying both Cathay Pacific and Oman Air aircraft, though sadly the former are primarily operating on cargo routes.

What do you think about the lease of the A330s? Is anyone planning on taking one of these flights?