Oman Air achieves IATA NDC level 4 certification

Oman Air has received the level 4 New Distribution Capability (NDC) certification from International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Updated 02 July 2019

Oman Air achieves IATA NDC level 4 certification

Oman Air has received the level 4 New Distribution Capability (NDC) certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This comes in addition to the airline’s existing level 3 NDC certification, making Oman Air one of the first airlines on the latest standard, NDC 18.2

NDC is a key transformation project launched by IATA to modernize airline distribution. The NDC standard enhances the capability of communications between airlines and travel agents by enabling an airline to make sales offers directly in real time, which will also permit airlines to both define and price their products in any way they wish. 

Paul Starrs, chief commercial officer of Oman Air, said: “With buy-in from major travel agencies, aggregators and online travel agencies, the NDC initiative at Oman Air is on a path from experimentation and testing to full-scale production.”

Umesh Chhiber, vice president — revenue optimization and pricing, said: “The primary drivers for NDC at Oman Air is the revenue opportunity through the simple-to-use travel agent portal and APIs for online travel agents, aggregators, etc. that allow product differentiation, ancillary sales, dynamic pricing and exclusive content. Adopting NDC is unlocking value through our travel agent channel by providing them with features and exclusive content that is difficult to access today.”

King Abdullah Economic City launches summer festival

Updated 22 July 2019

King Abdullah Economic City launches summer festival

King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) has announced the launch of the Turquoise World summer season in the coastline of turquoise water on the Red Sea. 

Taking place until Aug. 31, the festival will feature a variety of thrilling events and activities that fulfill KAEC visitors’ and residents’ expectations, particularly those who are seeking a distinctive lifestyle of recreational and entertainment within a modern environment.

“In line with the Kingdom’s ambitious vision 2030, King Abdullah Economic City is living rapid growth in its several strategic sectors, including the quality of life program along with the tourism and leisure sector, in order to create a world of entertainment at the heart of our nation,” said Ahmed Linjawy, group CEO of KAEC.

“Set to become the leading destination on the Red Sea, KAEC is fully equipped for hosting and organizing massive events and activities due to its logistical and state-of-the-art infrastructure, including world-class social, sports and leisure facilities that have been developed to provide a high-quality environment to meet the needs of those who aspire to a luxury lifestyle overlooking the virgin beaches of the Red Sea.” said Linjawy.

The “Turquoise World” festival was inspired by KAEC’s new identity “Another World” to offer an exceptional experience that has been designed to entertain all family members, with unique direct turquoise view of the Red Sea. 

The festival offers a variety of exclusive activities and events at the Beach Walk, and range of water sports at the Yam Beach, and the Bay La Sun Marina and Yacht Club, including water games at Aqua Fun, K-MAX — the first multi-dimensional movie theater in the Kingdom, and Juman Karting, among others. 

In addition to top-class hotels with an elevated standard of living and services that make KAEC an ideal destination to visit and live.

King Abdullah Economic City is the largest privately funded new city in the world, situated on the west coast of Saudi Arabia. 

KAEC covers an area of 181 sq km of land, approximately the size of Washington DC. KAEC comprises King Abdullah Port, the Coastal Communities residential districts, the Haramain Railway district and the Industrial Valley. 

The city is under development by Emaar, The Economic City, a publicly listed Saudi joint-stock company established in 2006.