Muscat-based low-cost carrier Salam Air has taken delivery of its first Airbus 320-200neo. The airline, which was launched in January 2017, is owned by the Muscat National Development and Investment Company (
The new A320neo, registered A4O-OVD, was flown from the Airbus delivery center in Toulouse, France to Muscat International Airport on December the 7 2018.
Salam Air will welcome another five A320neo planes in early 2019.
Salam Air chose CFM LEAP-1A26 turbojet engines. Its A320neos will seat 180 passengers, improving passenger comfort on short flights.
Salam Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Captain Mohamed Ahmed, said, “The aircraft would be used to enhance the Omani LCC’s operations both domestically and on international routes.”
Salam Air operates routes from its base at Muscat International Airport to various destinations from the Arabian Gulf to Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Georgia, among others. With the help of the new aircraft,
Oman Air, Oman’s national carrier, is an established carrier that has
According to Airbus, the Airbus A320neo offers better fuel efficiency and lower operating costs and carbon footprint than its competitors.
Salam Air isn’t the only Middle Eastern carrier that has ordered the highly-sought-after A320neo. Gulf carriers such as Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways, Bahrain’s Gulf Air, and Saudi’s Flynas have placed orders and have taken delivery over this year 2018, with options for more in the future.
Airbus has received over 6,100 orders for the A320neo family from over 100 customers like British Airways, Air Arabia,
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