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Best In “Tech”

Jan 1, 2011 1:35:55 PM - thesundayleader.lk

Oman Air Management Affairs Chief Officer Abdulaziz Al Raisi receiving the award from the organizers

Oman Air (OA), Oman’s national carrier, was recently acclaimed “Technology Implementation of the Year” category at the 4th Annual Aviation Business Awards 2010.
The award recognised OA’s pioneering introduction of in-flight mobile phone and Wi-Fi connectivity, which utilises the Airbus ALNA V2 system and Honeywell’s SwiftBroadband (SBB) solution, via OnAir and Inmarsat.
The award was accepted by OA’s Management Affairs Chief Officer Abdulaziz Al Raisi, at a ceremony held at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, attracting many international aerospace industry leaders alongside a host of other VIPS.
OA’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Hill said, “OA is proud to have won this important award and to be recognised as the first airline in the world to offer both full mobile phone and Wi-Fi connectivity onboard our widebody fleet. The introduction of this cutting-edge technology offers passengers the convenience of connecting to the Internet and any one of a range of hand-held devices from the comfort of their seat. With the ability to make phone calls, send text messages, use instant messaging, check emails, surf the web or update social media, passengers onboard OA’s A330 flights need never be out of touch with the world even as they fly.”
OA’s Management Affairs Chief Officer Abdulaziz Al Raisi said, “I am pleased to have received this award on behalf of OA. We are honoured to have won the award in this highly competitive category, and against such worthy competitors and we look forward to announcing further innovations and initiatives which will offer even more choice and value to our customers.”
Organised by publisher ITP Business, the award has “established itself as the ultimate celebration of achievements” within the Middle East aerospace industry over the past 12 months.