Oman’s SalamAir to lease 3 Airbus A330neo aircraft from Avolon

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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SalamAir expands its fleet
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Oman’s value-for-money airline, SalamAir has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) in order to lease three Airbus A330neo aircraft from Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company.

The introduction of three new Airbus A330neo wide-body aircraft will bring significant advantages to SalamAir and support the airline’s fleet and network expansion plans.

These modern aircraft feature a dual-class configuration with 365 economy seats and 12 premium flatbed seats, allowing for enhanced passenger comfort and capacity.

The A330neo offers a substantial increase in distance compared to SalamAir’s existing fleet. The first delivery is expected to be in October 2023.

Captain Mohamed Ahmed-SalamAir
Captain Mohamed Ahmed
CEO – SalamAir

“The decision to introduce the Airbus A330neo complements the existing fleet of Airbus aircraft, which includes the A320neo, A321neo, and an A321 freighter. By adding the A330neo to the fleet, SalamAir aims to enhance its capacity, meet the growing demands of the market, and attract more inbound tourists, aligning with the objectives of Oman’s Vision 2040. 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. It enables SalamAir to strengthen its network and seize opportunities for further growth and expansion.”

Mr. Mikail Houari, President of Airbus Africa and Middle East said that, “We are delighted that SalamAir has chosen the A330neo aircraft which offers unique operational versatility with cost and environmental benefits. The A330neo stands out among the wide-body segment with its superior fuel efficiency and range, advanced aerodynamics and technologies, as well as enhanced passenger comfort due to its spacious cabin.”

“We are delighted to welcome SalamAir as a new customer, bringing the fuel-efficiency benefits of the A330neo to another airline. Since their launch, SalamAir’s low-cost model has proven a great success, and these new aircraft will support their plans to offer their growing number of passengers greater capacity and comfort. The expansion of aviation traffic in the Middle East is set to continue and the region is a focus for further leasing opportunities for Avolon,” commented Mr. Paul Geaney, President and Chief Commercial Officer at Avolon.

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