• Services suite to ease airplane entry into service, reduce overall fleet operating costs

Seattle | July 14, 2015– Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that Oman Air has contracted for a suite of services to support the upcoming entry into service of the airline’s 787 Dreamliners and to ensure ongoing efficiency and cost savings for its fleet.

“Boeing’s industry-leading services will ensure a smooth introduction of our 787s while controlling costs, minimizing component maintenance time and optimizing our fleet’s performance,” said Salim Al Kindy, Chief Technical Officer, Oman Air. “This falls in line with our Shape and Size concept, as we continue to expand our global presence with a young, state of the art fleet of aircraft. This extremely high level of technical support, combined with an award winning service, ensures we continue to stay ahead of our customers’ expectations.”

Boeing will support Oman Air’s 787s with its Component Services (formerly Rotables Exchange) program, Loadable Software Airplane Parts service and Airplane Health Management. Together, these services will help Oman Air minimize the time and cost of maintenance while increasing airplane availability.

With the Component Services program, Oman Air will have access to a Boeing-managed, dedicated pool of high-value, mission-critical parts, enabling the airline to greatly reduce their inventory management costs while improving component availability.

Through the Loadable Software Airplane Parts service, Boeing will handle software configuration and management tasks associated with operating the 787.

Airplane Health Management will allow Oman Air to minimize maintenance delays and schedule disruptions by continuously monitoring airplane performance while the airplane is in flight, notifying ground crews in advance of potential maintenance issues.

“Boeing services are a simple way for airlines to reduce the total cost of airplane ownership, giving them a competitive advantage in their markets,” said Marty Bentrott, senior vice president, Sales for Russia, Middle East and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We look forward to helping ensure our key customer and partner Oman Air is successful as they begin operating this revolutionary airplane.”

Oman Air, the designated carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has six 787s on order.

Boeing Commercial Aviation Services offers the industry’s largest portfolio of services including 24-hour customer support; pilot and crew training; aftermarket parts; airplane maintenance, engineering and modifications; and information services to enable airlines and leasing companies to operate more efficiently.

Paris Air Show | June 16, 2015– At the Paris Air Show, Thales announces the AVANT in-flight entertainment system has been selected by Oman Air’s for its fleet expansion.

This announcement covers a total order of 16 B737, 3 A330s, and 6
B787 representing the newest and first Boeing wide body fleet being
delivered to Oman Air.

Oman Air will feature the AVANT state of the art Android system and
Thales award winning Touch PMU handset. Passengers will have access
to a wide selection of on-demand entertainment delivered through a
passenger experience interface developed specifically with Oman Air.

AVANT has been selected by 19 airlines; more than 130 aircraft are
flying with the AVANT system with total orders exceeding 500 aircraft.

The system is offerable on all new generation Boeing and Airbus
platforms. 750,000 passengers per day across 75 partner airlines use
Thales InFlyt Experience systems, making Thales one of the most
successful providers of in-flight entertainment systems in the world.

Geneva, Switzerland | February 5, 2014– The number of passengers using inflight connectivity on Oman Air’s OnAir-equipped Airbus A330s has increased dramatically in the past year, as has the volume of data exchanged. The airline has seven A330s fitted with both Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir.

From 2012 to 2013, the number of Oman Air’s passengers logging on to the OnAir networks increased by 45%, and 85% more data was used.

Oman Air has worked on increasing usage by implementing a series of creative new marketing initiatives. These have included a promotion allowing passengers to use Frequent Flyer miles to purchase Wi-Fi codes, as well as offering free vouchers to First and Business class passengers in three or four different periods throughout the year. The airline has also included a promotional advertising campaign and a clip about Mobile OnAir before every film.

OnAir predicts that Oman Air will see a doubling of Wi-Fi usage in 2014, thanks to its innovative approach to marketing and providing passengers with value-added services around connectivity. The usage figures show that when passengers know about the service, there is a great demand for it. It also shows that OnAir connectivity can meet both customer expectations and increasing demand.

“Having been the first airline in the world to offer both services, Oman Air has now been providing Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir for over four years. We also have plans for adding the services to more aircraft, as our fleet grows over the next few years,” said Andrew Walsh, Chief Officer Service Delivery at Oman Air. “Our customers have warmly welcomed the services and, thanks to our creative and proactive approach to marketing onboard connectivity, we have seen a big growth in passenger usage in 2013. We actively encourage passengers to use Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir and we are confident that both will continue to meet service expectations.”

Oman Air has opted for OnAir because it is the only provider offering consistent global coverage. OnAir has a unique network of regulatory authorizations from over 100 countries and more than 350 roaming agreements with mobile network operators. These are complemented by Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, the only satellite network specifically designed to provide worldwide coverage.

“We are always excited to see passengers making the most of the services we provide. It’s clear that Oman Air, having pioneered full onboard connectivity, has used several appealing marketing initiatives to encourage users to connect to the inflight GSM and Wi-Fi,” said Ian Dawkins, OnAir CEO. “The usage numbers show passengers are using the service again and again, so they must recognise that it more than lives up to its reputation. Passengers now expect to fly in a connected aircraft, making inflight connectivity a must-have.”

Le Bourget, France | June 19, 2013– Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Oman Air today announced an order for five Boeing Next-Generation 737-900ER airplanes at the 2013 Paris Air Show. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is valued at $473 million at current list prices.

With this order, Oman Air becomes the first customer in the Arabian Gulf region to order 737-900ERs. Currently, the airline operates a fleet of 15 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s and two 737-700s. With this new order, the airline now has a backlog of six 737-800s and five 737-900ERs. In addition, Oman Air has six Boeing 787-8s on order.

“The 737 is able to operate effectively in very hot climates and has proven itself with its dispatch reliability, ease of maintenance and efficient performance,” said Wayne Pearce, chief executive officer, Oman Air. “These Next-Generation 737s will play a key role in supporting our efforts to strengthen and expand our network and boost tourism and business travel into Oman. The 737-900ER provides all the benefits of the Next-Generation 737 family, but with a higher seating capacity that gives us even better economics.”

“Oman Air’s order expands our customer base for the 737-900ER. We are very proud of our long-standing relationship with the airline which began over 12 years ago. Over the past decade, Oman Air has expanded its operations and destination network considerably, and we are proud to be playing a role in the airline’s vision of the future,” said Marty Bentrott, vice president of Sales for Middle East, Russia and Central Asia. “The Next-Generation 737’s record of unparalleled efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort make it the preferred airplane for airlines such as Oman.”

Geneva, Switzerland, 2 March 2010. OnAir together with Oman Air celebrated a successful first flight using the full spectrum of mobile and WiFi Internet connectivity services based on Inmarsat SwiftBroadband. This is the first time in aviation history that an airline offers such an extensive range of services (GSM/GPRS together with WiFi Internet) at the same time.

At this stage, the service is in operation aboard one of Oman Air’s brand new Airbus A330 aircraft on the Muscat International to London Heathrow route, with planned extensions to other Oman Air aircraft.

Passenger services on the flight provided Internet access via laptops (wireless), as well as the ability via mobile phones and smart phones to make and receive calls, to send and receive text messages and emails, and to access the Internet.

Benoit Debains, CEO of OnAir, commented: “This milestone underlines OnAir’s leadership as the only service provider today capable of offering the full suite of connectivity solutions for cabin and cockpit – GSM/GPRS and WiFi Internet with global coverage.”

Thales announced today that it has delivered the first of seven TopSeries systems onboard Oman Air’s new A330 aircraft. This TopSeries system configuration is the most capability-rich Thales’s platform, flying with features such as live landscape camera, satellite TV, duty free shopping and ordering, passenger surveys, food and beverage services, cached websites, a personal electronic device interface and much more.

First class passengers will be immersed in an unmatched flying experience with the largest widescreen in-seat displays available providing access to a myriad of exciting applications all controlled by a custom designed wireless passenger control unit. The state of the art graphical user interface will also give business and economy passengers control of the same impressive list of entertaining and informative features. “We found Thales to be the right company to work with on this program as their system and services matched what we want for our passengers and operations, and the Thales people truly support our vision,” said Peter Hill, CEO of Oman Air. Beyond the TopSeries system, Oman Air has selected the Thales TopCare turnkey maintenance service, which puts full responsibility of all maintenance and support requirements in the hands of Thales.

“We are very proud to have been selected by Oman Air and look forward to supporting the airline for years to come. Their system is a great example of how an airline can maximize the utility of the TopSeries platform. We are confident that their passengers will be pleased,” said Alan Pellegrini, Vice President and General Manager of Thales’s In-Flight Entertainment business. The inaugural commercial flight is scheduled for September 30th from Muscat to Frankfurt, Germany.

About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Space, Defence, Security and Transportation markets. In 2008, the company generated revenues of 12.7 billion euros with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners. www.thalesgroup.com

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (March 18, 2009) – Oman Air has selected Rockwell Collins to provide avionics for its fleet of 12 next-generation Boeing 737 aircrafts (6 leased, 6 direct purchase). Oman Air will also retrofit its current fleet of 9 next-generation Boeing 737 aircraft with the Rockwell Collins Data Link products.

“This is an important win as we look to further expand our presence in the Middle East,” said Jeff Standerski, vice president and general manager for Air Transport Systems at Rockwell Collins. “We are extremely honored to provide next generation avionics and information management capabilities which will provide Oman Air with a solution that will increase efficiency of their aircraft operations, enhance situational awareness for their pilot, and ultimately provide added comfort and safety for their passengers.”

Rockwell Collins MultiScanTM Hazard Detection System is among the avionics selected by Oman Air. The MultiScanTM system is the first and only radar that analyzes and determines actual weather hazards, not simply atmospheric moisture content. The MultiScanTM system is derived from extensive operational experience to create a fully automatic, hands-free airborne radar system that reduces pilot workload, enhances safety and passenger comfort by minimizing unexpected turbulence encounters, and provides optimal clutter-free weather displays.

Rockwell Collins Data Link system supports current Mode 2 31.5 Kbits/sec VHF data radios and is the future platform for air traffic control Data Link mandates such as Link 2000+. It allows flight crews to request and receive messages such as clearances, flight plan updates, weather data, diversion and emergency reports and passenger lists. The system can be tailored with application-specific menus and messages to further enhance efficiency and optimize operations. The system also supports the automatic downlink of engine and fuel performance data, which can be used to reduce maintenance and operating costs.

Oman Air also has selected Rockwell Collins sensors. Products selected include: ADF-900 Automatic Direction Finder, DFA-901 Direction Finding Antenna, DME-900 Distance Measuring Equipment, HFS-900D High Frequency Data Radio,CPL-920D Coupling Unit, GLU925 Multi-Mode Receiver,PAU-700 Passenger Address Unit, LRA-900 Low-range Radio Altimeter, TPR-901 Mode S Transponder,VHF-2100 High Speed Multi-Mode Data Radio, VOR-900 VHF Omnidirectional Range Receiver, and TTR-921 Traffic Alert Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) II Receiver/Transmitter.

In September 2008, Oman Air selected Rockwell Collins to provide its Airshow 4200D Moving Map and Flight Information System and Rockwell Collins’ Tailwind 560 in-flight TV system for seven of the airline’s Airbus 330 fleet.

About Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management and simulation and training is delivered by 20,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.