Deal secures delivery for October 2023
Oman’s budget airline, SalamAir, has signed a deal to lease three Airbus A330neo aircraft from Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company.
A letter of intent was signed at the Paris Air Show this month and the first delivery is expected in October 2023.
Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir, said: “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, in line with the objectives of Oman's Vision 2040.”
The Airbus A330neo aircraft feature a dual-class configuration with 365 economy seats and 12 premium flatbed seats.
Captain Mohamed Ahmed added: “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.”
The A330neo also offers improved fuel efficiency, resulting in reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions when compared to previous-generation aircraft. This contributes to a decrease in operational costs for the airline, and aligns with their commitment to environmental sustainability.
Mikail Houari, president of Airbus Africa and Middle East, said these benefits were a major factor in the airline's decision. "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."
For more information, visit www.salamair.com