IBS signs deal with Oman Air for Flight Operations Systems

Muscat, Oman June 02, 2008: IBS Software, a leading provider of new-generation IT solutions to the global Travel, Transportation and Logistics (TTL) industry, has signed a deal with Oman Air for a product suite, which includes AvientCrew for Crew Rostering and Tracking, AvientFleet for Fleet management and a close integration between the two to help optimize airline processes and resources for the airline. IBS will go ahead with an aggressive implementation to support Oman Air’s rapid growth plan.

AvientCrew, a sophisticated crew management system is an integrated solution that will enhance decision support capability to support the entire crew management needs of Oman Air. The system will assist in automatically generating cost-effective rosters that comply with governmental and regulatory requirements, airport restrictions, crew training, licensing and airline-specific requirements, as well as efficiently manage crew changes and disruptions on the day of operation. AvientFleet will enable Oman Air to plan aircraft schedules and maintenance, continuously monitor all flight movements, ensure improved on-time performance for its fleet, and provide touch points to identify and alert controllers to help minimizedisruptions to the operating schedule. AvientCrew and AvientFleet, will together create a collaborative framework for the airline to speed up delivery and ensure efficient decision making processes. Habib Bhacker Habib, Head of Information Computing in Oman Air said, “The investment programme agreed with IBS, which is amongst the renowned Information Technology (IT) product companies in India, and a leading one in the world serving the travel, transportation and logistics (TTL) industry that meets our needs. The move follows the creation of a new corporate identity for the national carrier of Oman, as it transforms itself into a world-class competitor. Our airline is growing fast, and there was a pressing need to upgrade systems to keep up with software solutions provided by the global Travel, Transportation and Logistics industry. IBS was preferred by Oman Air since its entire portfolio of products has been fully accepted by the industry. IBS Software is indeed a leading provider of IT solutions for the global Travel, Transportation and Logistics industries, and we are delighted to associate with them.”

According to Mr. Peter Cefai, President - Global Business Operations, IBS Group, “We see this deal as the beginning of an important partnership that will enable us to help Oman Air directly address their rapid expansion plans. Integration of crew and fleet operations will not only help build efficiency, but also reduce disruption costs. We, at IBS, have always sought to address the operational and planning needs of airlines, helping them respond to the rapidly evolving global aviation market with optimal safety and efficiency, whilst retaining a competitive business edge”.

About AvientCrew and AvientFleet

The suite of two products consists of AvientFleet and AvientCrew that help in the efficient management of airline fleet and crew resources, from tactical planning to day of operations. The two solutions can be tailored to meet the unique system requirements and business needs of airlines. AvientFleet provides a highly dynamic environment which allows airlines to plan aircraft schedules and maintenance, continuously monitor all flight movements, ensure improved on-time performance for their fleet, and provide touch points to identify and alert controllers to help minimize disruptions to the operating schedule.

AvientCrew, helps airlines manage their crew & optimize crew utilization and enhance productivity right from initial planning through to the day of operation. It enables easy viewing and manipulation of pairings, rosters, crew data and fast system enquiry. It provides crew management decision support functions that are effective in solving a wide range of problems by real time simulation and advanced ‘What if’ capabilities. The system improves crew productivity through pairing and rostering optimization and reduces disruptions due to absence of crew.

About Oman Air

Since its establishment in 1993 as a regional carrier, Oman Air has witnessed tremendous expansions both in structure and performance, and flies today to 25 key destinations throughout the GCC, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Far East and Europe. It played a fundamental role in promoting air transport to and from the Sultanate of Oman, where the numbers of multicultural passengers increased during the years, and consequently recognized Oman Air, as one of the paramount regional airlines. Oman Air has now become fully prepared, and determined to go into the future with a modern vision. Oman Air main base is Muscat International Airport, Muscat.

The Company fleet will consist of 12 Boeing 737-800 Aircrafts (By end Jan 2009), 7 Airbus A330 Aircrafts (Mix of dash 300 & dash 200) with deliveries starting in 2009 and, commitment to some 6 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Oman Air would be the first airline in the Gulf region to undergo such move to obtain theDreamliner aircrafts, which are expected to be delivered to the carrier in 2012, 2014, and 2015