SalamAir takes delivery of first of two A321NX from GECAS. Image: GECAS
SalamAir is the first operator of 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.
“GECAS is pleased to deliver our first aircraft with SalamAir, one of the fastest growing low-cost carriers in the Middle East. These CFM LEAP-powered aircraft will assist in their expansion into locations in Asia and Europe,” said Michael O’Mahony, GECAS’ SVP & region manager.
The aircraft's extra range capability of eight hours meets the ambitious plans of the airline. SalamAir can now connect Muscat and Salalah further to Europe, Far East, and African new destinations. The new fleet mix will enable SalamAir to diversify its portfolio and support the Sultanate of Oman's tourism industry vision.
Masirah, the name of the new aircraft, offers a new "all-inclusive" fare class. The premium class cabin is a response to the passengers’ desire of having bundled inclusive services that cater to their travel needs. The seating capacity of the new aircraft will be 212 seats equipped with USB ports, HEPA air filtration system and leather seats.
Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir, said: "We are pleased to introduce the newest A321neo aircraft into our fleet as we continue to expand our network. The induction of the A321neo aircraft marks another step towards meeting the needs of international, regional, and domestic passengers in the perpetually growing aviation market. The employment of this aircraft to our fleet with its additional range and extra 32 seats to our existing A320neo will support the growth plans of our airline's network. We are honoured to supplement our airline's fleet with a new aircraft that offers lower operating costs, superior eco commitment and greater comfort for our passengers."
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