Oman Air originally appointed JPA in 2008, although the group claims it did not start work on the two lounges until 2009. JPA was appointed without a pitch, after approaching the airline following its introduction of firstand business-class inflight facilities, according to the consultancy.
The lounges are intended to underpin the firstand business-class onboard interiors that Oman Air introduced at the end of last year, designed by EADS Sogerma (pictured). ’The brief was fairly open, as Oman Air just asked us to create comfortable, luxurious top-dollar interiors that would reflect where the airline and the country are going in terms of sophistication, friendliness and approachability,’ says JPA interior design director Alex Duncan.
The 850m2 business lounge and 250m2 first-class lounge will feature neutral colour schemes with gold highlights and seating upholstered in tan leather. ’We have tried to balance a very contemporary feel with Arabic influences. Since, for Oman in particular, gold means nobility and timeless tradition, we have chosen a neutral colour scheme with gold accents,’ says Duncan.
The 26-person-capacity first-class lounge features a ’five-star-style restaurant with generously proportioned tables and chairs,’ as well as an area with armchairs and ottomans and another area for families and groups that resembles a ’domestic set-up’, says Duncan. Both lounges will feature ’relaxation rooms’ and fake suspended domed ceilings, backlit to resemble daylight filtering through.
Duncan says that, ’to enhance the luxurious aspects’ of the lounges, local artefacts and works of art will decorate the spaces, which both overlook the runways.
’The country and Oman Air have made huge strides recently, and this is a very ambitious project,’ says Duncan.
A new passenger terminal is being constructed at Muscat. It will replace the existing Oman Air facility in 2014. JPA is hoping to tender to design the new terminal’s first-class and business-class departure lounges. The lounges are due to open in the autumn.
Oman Air was unavailable to comment at the time of going to press.