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Oman's Salalah Air to begin domestic flights next year

Sultanate’s first charter air service to operate from Salalah, Duqm, Dohar, Muscat

Oman's Salalah Air to begin domestic flights next year
Over the next five years, the Salalah Air’s fleet size will grow to 22 planes, consisting of a mixture of Airvan 8, Dornier 228 NG (pictured here) and Pilatus PC12 aircraft.

Salalah Air, Oman’s first charter air service provider, is set to commence flights early next year, according to local media.

The carrier opened its headquarters in Salalah on Monday, Muscat Daily reported.

It plans to operate from Salalah, Duqm, Sohar and Muscat, and is also said to be preparing its first international flight to Bosaso, Somalia, at the end of this month.

Salalah Air has a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with Golden Safari Company to operate charter flights on the Salalah-Bosaso route, the newspaper said.

The company also has plans to launch Oman’s first Flying Club and Adventure Sports Centre as part of its development strategy. The centre will be headquartered in Salalah and have an operational base in Sharbitat.

It has said it aims to provide opportunities for aerial sports such as para-motoring and parachuting, as well as diving, deep sea fishing and sailing.

Sam Owen, CEO of Salalah Air, said: “Salalah Air is entirely an Omani-owned company chaired by Ali Masoud al Khashoub, built on Omani cultural heritage and commitment.

“Our vision is to become the number one charter air service provider in the sultanate while remaining true to the traditions and culture of Oman.

“We intend to work closely with Oman Air and Salam Air to provide complimentary services that will be of benefit to the nation.”

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