SalamAir has signed a firm order with Embraer S.A. for six E195-E2, with options for a further six aircraft.
The E195-E2, the quietest and most efficient aircraft in its class, will be delivered in a comfortable dual class configuration with 135 seats, beginning at the end of 2023.
The deal, which will be added to the Q3 backlog, is valued at US$934.6 million, at list price with all options exercised.
The Muscat based low-cost carrier has opted for the E195-E2 to join and complement their all Airbus narrowbody fleet for the benefits and flexibility right-sizing provides; protecting yields while growing frequencies, and developing new markets and city pairs profitably.
GECAS announces the delivery of the first of two Airbus A321NX aircraft to SalamAir with the arrival of one, MSN 10483, into Muscat, Oman from Hamburg. As announced in late 2019, GECAS is providing the two aircraft from its own skyline.
SalamAir is the first operator of Airbus A320neo aircraft in Oman. With a current fleet of six A320neos, the operator’s presence has grown to touch over 84 airports, in 35 countries. Based in Oman’s Muscat International Airport, SalamAir is now among the first to operate the A321neo in the Middle East.
As part of its regional network expansion, Sultanate’s fastest-growing value-for-money airline SalamAir has added a new direct service from Muscat to Bahrain. With the introduction of flights to Bahrain, SalamAir now flies to all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in the region. The connectivity reflects the strong ties between Sultanate of Oman and the kingdom of Bahrain in a number of areas including culture, commerce and tourism.
Scheduled to commence from November 14, 2019, the new link will initially operate three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday departing Muscat at 19:05 local time and arriving in Bahrain at 19:50 local time. The flight will depart Bahrain at 20:35 local time arriving in Muscat at 23:10 local time. From December 2019 onwards, SalamAir will fly six times a week to Bahrainexcept on Fridays following the same schedule.
The Bahrain route is the airline’s tenth destination in the GCC, which includes Dubai, Doha, Riyadh, Jeddah, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Salalah, and Suhar.
SalamAir currently operates three Airbus A320 aircraft and four Airbus A320neo aircraft making it the first Omani carrier to utilise the highly rated single aisle aircraft. SalamAir flies to international destinations including Chattogram, Dubai, Doha, Jeddah, Karachi, Multan, Sialkot, Shiraz, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Dhaka, Alexandria, Riyadh, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Tehran, Istanbul and to domestic routes Muscat, Salalah, and Suhar. Additional passenger services to compliment the customer experience on the home-grown airline include options for extra luggage, seat and meal selection.
Top Copyright Photo: SalamAir Airbus A320-251N F-WWDM (A40-OVI) (msn 9197) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 947945.
SalamAir (Muscat) today (December 7) took delivery of its first Airbus A320neo.
The upstart is Oman’s first budget airline.
The airline previously announced the addition of six brand new Airbus A320neo aircraft to its growing fleet. The first is now delivered, and five additional leased Airbus A320neo aircraft will in the first quarter of 2019. The new A320neos are specifically customized for SalamAir to seat 180 guests.
The airline previously launched operations on January 30, 2017. The airline has grown to operate 173 flights a week operated across 16 destinations in 11 countries.
Today, the SalamAir network consists of 16 destinations including Muscat, Salalah, Suhar, Dubai, Doha, Jeddah, Karachi, Multan, Sialkot, Shiraz, Tbilisi, Baku, as well as newly introduced Dhaka, Kathmandu, Khartoum and Najaf.
Top Copyright Photo: SalamAir Airbus A320-251N A40-OVD (msn 7181) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 944692.
Oman’s first budget airline, SalamAir, has signed an agreement to add six new Airbus A320neo aircraft to its fleet, of which five are on lease from an undisclosed lessor.
SalamAir is owned by the Muscat National Development and Investment Company (ASAAS) and other Omani private investors.The airline launched services on 30 January 2017 and today operates close to 120 flights per week across 14 regional and global destinations. As an all-Airbus operator, SalamAir currently operates a fleet of three A320ceo aircraft.
The new fleet will support the low-cost airline’s plans to increase connectivity across the region’s under-served and popular short to medium-haul routes.
SalamAir’s Chief Executive Officer, Captain Mohamed Ahmed said, “In less than 18 months since our launch we have connected over half a million passengers across the globe and we continue to gain momentum as a leading budget carrier. With the new A320neo addition to our fleet we look forward to building on this success and expand to new markets while guaranteeing a great travel experience for our passengers.”
Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer said: “As a home-grown brand SalamAir has demonstrated huge potential by addressing Oman’s demand for affordable travel options. The new Airbus A320neo is the best in the industry and will allow the carrier to achieve lower operating costs, greater fuel efficiency and offer the highest standard of passengers comfort.”
Featuring the widest Single Aisle cabin in the sky, the A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver at least 15 percent fuel savings at delivery and 20 percent by 2020. With more than 6,100 orders received from over 100 customers, the A320neo Family has captured nearly 60 percent share of the market.
SalamAir (Muscat) is Oman’s first Low Cost Carrier (LCC) with an initial fleet of three Airbus A320s (A40-OVA/OVB/OVC). The SalamAir A320 fleet will feature a single class available to fliers with three seats on either side divided by an aisle alongside a comfortable pitch seat.
According to the new airline, “SalamAir is the brainchild of ASAAS, a national investment and development company, SalamAir was formed to meet Oman’s rapidly increasing demand for air traffic, which is expected to grow by 40% by 2019. ASAAS has made a substantial initial investment in SalamAir, its anchor venture, with the ambition to advance the airline as a catalyst for Oman’s development and diversification agenda, and as a key component of the broader efforts to promote tourism and hospitality across the sector’s value chain.”
The first revenue flight will be between Muscat and Salalah starting on January 30, 2017, followed by flights to Dubai (Al Maktoum) from Muscat on February 15, 2017.