American Express Middle East and Oman Air partner to reward customers
American Express Middle East’s Membership Rewards® programme adds its tenth airline partner
Muscat, 17 October 2011: American Express Middle East and Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, are partnering to offer American Express Cardmembers even greater value. Cardmembers enrolled in the American Express Middle East Membership Rewards Programme can now redeem their points for Oman Air Sindbad Miles. With this partnership, Oman Air becomes American Express Middle East’s tenth airline redemption partner, further cementing the position of Membership Rewards as the region’s leading loyalty programme.
Membership Rewards is a globally award winning rewards programme from American Express where one point is earned for virtually every dollar or equivalent spent on the Card. Membership Rewards points do not expire and can be redeemed across a wide selection of reward categories including flights, hotels, dining and entertainment, a variety of merchandise, and charity donations.
Mazin Khoury, Chief Operating Officer, American Express Middle East said: “We are very pleased to welcome Oman Air as a Membership Rewards redemption partner in the Middle East which is part of our ongoing commitment to offer MENA’s strongest and most valued airline rewards programme. Our Cardmembers are passionate about travel and appreciate the choice and flexibility to earn rewards that enhance their lifestyles.
“Providing unmatched benefits and life-enriching experiences to Cardmembers is paramount to American Express Middle East. The Membership Rewards programme is one of the ways we can demonstrate this commitment to our Cardmembers,” continued Khoury.
Abdulrazaq Alraisi, Oman Air’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted to announce the partnership with American Express Middle East and are pleased to offer even greater value to our Sindbad members. With a choice of more than forty destinations to choose from across Oman Air’s growing network, and a host of world class partners, it could not be easier for American Express Cardmembers to exchange their Membership Rewards points for Sindbad Miles. And if our Sindbad members purchase their flight tickets using their American Express Cards, they will see the benefits all the more quickly.
“Sindbad Miles can be redeemed for Flight Rewards, enabling customers to experience Oman Air’s renowned on-board hospitality or to upgrade to our award winning Business and First Class cabins. They can also be used to purchase tickets to participate in exclusive Raffles and much more.
Abdulrazaq Alraisi concluded: “Oman Air is committed to going the extra mile on behalf of our customers and our new partnership with American Express Middle East shows how we are continually adding to the range of benefits we offer.”
Oman Air’s partnership with American Express Middle East is the latest step in the airline’s ongoing drive to deliver convenience and value for all its customers, as well as the ultimate passenger experience onboard its fleet of modern and luxurious aircrafts.
About American Express
AMEX (Middle East) B.S.C. (c) - American Express Middle East provides reliable, flexible, tailored and rewarding solutions for its Cardmembers, Merchants and Business Partners in the region since 1977. American Express Middle East became a joint venture company in 1992, owned by Mawarid Investment Limited and American Express.
American Express is the Card for those individuals who value service, unmatched flexibility, access and daily rewards wherever they are in the world. Operating in 18 markets in the Middle East and North Africa region, the company issues dollar currency Credit and Charge Cards: The Centurion® Card, The Platinum Card®, The American Express® Gold Card, The American Express® Card (Green) as well as Company and Corporate Cards. ِAmerican Express Middle East also offers a range of local currency-denominated Credit Cards to give Cardmembers across the region even greater flexibility. American Express Cards are accepted at millions of locations in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
About Oman Air
Oman Air is the flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman and an Official 4 Star Airline (Skytrax 2011). Founded in 1993, the airline has since witnessed massive growth and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, supporting the commercial, industrial and tourism sectors.
The airline currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to Gulf destinations, such as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Kuwait and Al Ain, as well as Cairo, Beirut and Amman within the wider Middle East region.
In addition, Oman Air flies to ten destinations in India (Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur), Chittagong in Bangladesh, Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan, Kathmandu in Nepal and Colombo in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, Oman Air flies to the Maldives, Bangkok in Thailand and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and operates services to Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania.
Its European destinations are London, Milan, Munich, Frankfurt and Paris.
Codeshare partnerships with bmi and Malaysia Airlines extend Oman Air’s network to include Hong Kong, Singapore, Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi and Penang, as well as Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh and Aberdeen in the UK.
Oman Air’s fleet currently consists of four Airbus A330-200s, three Airbus A330-300s, 15 Boeing 737-700s/800s, two Embraer E175s and two ATR 42s. Three further Embraer E175s are on order, with an option on a further five, and six Boeing 787 Dreamliners are on order for delivery from 2014.
Oman Air’s outstanding aircraft interiors include its First Class Mini Suite, which provides each of the six First Class passengers with direct aisle access and converts to the longest lie-flat seat in the skies. The A330’s 20 award-winning Business Class seats each provide direct aisle access, ample storage space and the latest technological amenities. Economy Class seats offer adjustable head and leg rests, together with surprising amounts of leg and elbow room. A state of the art in-flight entertainment system features individual seatback screens, audio and video on demand and live satellite TV. In addition, Oman Air has pioneered both mobile telephony and Internet connectivity on board its flights and this is available in all three classes.
Superb new First and Business Class lounges have been opened at Muscat International Airport, featuring elegant and tranquil relaxation areas, complimentary spa treatments and à la carte dining. A lounge-to-aircraft limousine service has also been launched for First Class passengers at Muscat.
Oman Air’s commitment to quality, comfort and a seamless passenger experience has resulted in international acclaim, including: Best Business Class Seat in the World and Service Excellence, Middle East (World Airline Awards 2011); Best Luxury Airline, Middle East (Business Destinations Awards 2011); Technological Innovation of the Year (Aviation Business Awards 2010); as well recognition in the TravelPlus Amenity Bag Awards 2010 (three Gold, one Silver), the Cellars in the Sky Awards 2010 (Silver), the KLIA Awards 2011, the 2009 Vision Awards (one Silver, one Bronze) and the Travel Industry Club Awards 2010 (Silver).