Onboard connectivity: Oman Air travelers boost Net spending

Updated 14 April 2013

Onboard connectivity: Oman Air travelers boost Net spending

Oman Air has announced major growth in uptake by passengers of its inflight mobile phone and wi-fi connectivity.
Between January 2012 and January 2013, the airline experienced a 130 percent increase in Internet package sales and a 180 percent increase in connectivity revenues.
Mobile phone connectivity is charged at roaming rates by individual service providers.
Oman Air’s Muscat to London Heathrow service saw the greatest use of inflight connectivity and the most popular method of accessing the Internet was via smartphones, indicating that most users relied on the connectivity service for leisure, rather than work, purposes.
Oman Air CEO Wayne Pearce welcomed the figures.
He said: “Oman Air was the first airline in the world to offer both mobile phone and wi-fi connectivity inflight and I am delighted that our customers value this service so much.”
The CEO added: “The increase in passengers’ use of the service in 2012 underlines their growing expectation that similar levels of connectivity should be available in the air as they are on the ground. I am pleased that the continued increase in uptake since we introduced the service in 2010 shows that Oman Air still leads the field in this area.”
Oman Air’s inflight wi-fi connectivity is available in a range of packages, designed to suit customers’ differing requirements.
Vouchers can be purchased for use with smart phones and tablets (excluding iPads) aboard the airline’s Airbus A330 long haul fleet at the rate of $ 5 for up to 3MB of data or $ 15 for up to 10MB of data.
Vouchers for iPad and laptop connectivity can be purchased for $ 15 for up to 10MB of data and $ 30 for up to 25MB.


Ras Al-Khaimah to host Mideast’s first ‘business Oscars’

Updated 16 September 2019

Ras Al-Khaimah to host Mideast’s first ‘business Oscars’

The Stevie Awards, known widely as the “business Oscars,” has reached an agreement for a strategic partnership with Ras Al-Khaimah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RAK Chamber) for the first annual Middle East Stevie Awards to be held in Ras Al-Khaimah in February 2020.
The Middle East Stevie Awards will recognize innovation in the workplace from across 17 MENA countries and the awards program and gala prize-giving ceremony will be held in Ras Al-Khaimah for the first three years and at least every other year thereafter. The announcement was accompanied by a call from Stevie Awards for entries for the inaugural edition.
“Hosting the inaugural edition of the Middle East Stevie Awards here in Ras Al-Khaimah is a significant accomplishment, and another noteworthy milestone to add to the emirate’s successful track record, continuing on the same path of progress that has been taking place across all sectors, in line with the directives of our wise leadership,” said Mohamed Ali Al-Nuaimi, chairman of RAK Chamber.
“I was extremely gratified when the RAK Chamber approached us about partnering with them on a new Stevie Awards program for the Middle East and North Africa,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and executive chairman of the Stevie Awards. “We have recognized the achievements of executives, entrepreneurs, and organizations across the region for many years in our other programs. The time is right for the region to have its own Stevie’s program. We are excited to launch the Middle East Stevie Awards, and look forward to the first gathering of Stevie Award winners in the program in Ras Al-Khaimah in February.”