By Staff writer
François Bouteiller moves from Saudi low-cost carrier to become CEO of Salam Air which will launch by year-end
Oman's first budget airline Salam Air has announced the appointment of François Bouteiller as its CEO after previously heading Flynas, the Saudi low-cost carrier.
An industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Bouteiller will lead the airline's launch which is due to take off by the end of this year.
The airline aims to cater to the sultanate’s traffic demand which is expected to grow by 40 percent by 2019, a statement said.
It added that Bouteiller also co-founded and led FlyBaboo, a regional airline in Europe.
Khalid bin Hilal Al Yahmadi, CEO of parent company ASAAS and chairman of Salam Air, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome François Bouteiller on board. His wealth of knowledge in operational efficiency and experience in managing commercial and budget airlines makes him a most qualified person for this position at this critical stage of the airline’s journey."
Bouteiller added: “SalamAir is history in the making, and I am very proud to be part of it... I look forward to harnessing the sultanate’s full potential as a premier and affordable destination at the crossroads of continents.”
The recently formed Salam Air board of directors held its first meeting in the end of September after securing private Omani investors to partner with ASAAS and TANMIA, both of which are owned by the State General Reserve Fund, Pension Funds and Muscat Municipality.
Salam Air has leased three Airbus A320s from South American-based carrier LATAM ahead of its launch.