Three Airbus A330neo aircraft will be introduced by SalamAir, a low-cost airline located in Oman, under a lease from Avolon.
On June 19, 2023, the opening day of the Paris Air Show, the airline and the lessor signed a Letter of Intent (LoI), with the first deliveries expected to start in October 2023.
“The decision to introduce the Airbus A330neo complements the existing fleet of Airbus aircraft, which includes the A320neo, A321neo, and an A321 freighter,” said Captain Mohamed Ahmed, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SalamAir. According to Ahmed, the addition of the twin-aisle jet will grow the airline’s capacity in response to the ever-growing demand of the market and attract inbound tourists to Oman, part of the country’s Vision 2040 goals.
“The extended range of the A330neo will allow SalamAir to efficiently serve medium-range destinations, particularly in the Far East and Europe. This expanded reach not only improves passenger convenience but also enhances the airline’s competitiveness in the market,” continued the airline’s executive.
The airline’s capacity will significantly increase with the introduction of the A330neo. It now has six Airbus A320 Neos, six A321 Neos, and one A321 converted freighter in service. In accordance with information from ch-aviation.com, it has no additional Airbus aircraft orders.
Oman’s official airline, Oman Air, is situated at Muscat International Airport (MCT), where SalamAir was founded in 2016. The airline placed six Embraer E195-E2 orders in October 2022, with the option of placing another six orders.
By the end of 2023, Embraer is expected to start delivering the E195-E2s, which, along with the arrival of the A330neo around the same time, will greatly increase the carrier’s overall seat offering on its network.