Air Canada claims that its relationship with Oman Air is still in effect and blames high demand for the lack of available award space. However, the total lack of award space on any Oman Air flight in any cabin of service on any date suggests to me that something else is going on.
Air Canada: Aeroplan Relationship With Oman Air Still In Place
I have been meaning to review business and first class on Oman Air for Live And Let’s Fly, but lately, I have noticed a disturbing trend: there is not a single date available with award space in any cabin of service on any route. I can understand that popular routes like London – Muscat might not have any space, but I find it implausible–particularly based upon how and how much award space it has released in the past–that it simply stopped releasing award space.
Concerning Air Canada Aeroplan, I’ve also noticed that Gulf Air (the Bahraini flag carrier) space does not always match what is available in ExpertFlyer and I’ve also noticed a disconnect between Thai Airways space made available to other carriers and those showing available on Aeroplan (in concept, all partner award space, regardless of the Star Alliance loyalty program, comes from the same “StarNet” pool of inventory).
So I asked about all three carriers in an email to Aeroplan and received the following response:
Partner carriers manage their inventory, inclusive of Award Space, according to the demand environment. Industry wide, we are seeing a strong return to travel and accordingly, retail fares along with Award Fares are reflective of this demand and vary by carrier.
Notwithstanding the above, we checked today and have found Award Space on Gulf Air and Thai Airways. While Oman Air space is not currently available, the Aeroplan partnership has not ceased.
I was not expecting anything different, but I am glad to see that the relationship is still theoretically in place. That gives me some hope that, similar to the way Japan Airlines has suddenly greatly limited award space, we might see Oman Air loosen things up over time.
Even so, my hunch is that this is deliberate and that we will see Oman Air cease to be a partner once it becomes a oneworld member in 2024.
Air Canada and Oman Air remain partners. Air Canada blames the current lack of any award space on high-demand. I tend to think something else is going on but am glad that the partnership, at least on the books, is still in place.
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