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Oman's Salam Air says to widen horizons after plane leasing deal

Oman-based low-cost carrier says now capable of expanding its network into Europe, the Far East, India and Africa

Oman's Salam Air says to widen horizons after plane leasing deal

With A321Neo possessing a flying range of over 6.5 hours, Salam Air said it can now connect Muscat and Salalah to Europe, Far East, Indian sub-continent and African routes.

Oman-based low-cost carrier Salam Air is looking to expand its network into Europe, the Far East, India and Africa after signing a lease deal for two longer-range aircraft.

The airline has signed a lease agreement with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) for two new A321Neo, which has the capability to be operated on medium-haul routes.

With A321Neo possessing a flying range of over 6.5 hours, Salam Air said it can now connect Muscat and Salalah to Europe, Far East, Indian sub-continent and African routes.

The new fleet mix will enable Salam Air to diversify its portfolio from short to medium haul carrier, it said in a statement.

Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of Salam Air said: “The inclusion of A321Neo will inject growth possibilities to our network plans in the years to come. By 2020, the SalamAir fleet size will increase to 11 aircraft with nine A320 and two A321NEO aircraft. The larger fleet will offer us new opportunities to serve new guests. We are pleased to have the support of GECAS for our growth plan with these aircraft.”

Salam Air currently flies to 27 international destinations including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Jeddah Dammam, Riyadh, Bahrain, Kuwait, Colombo, Chattogram, Dhaka, Karachi, Multan, Sialkot, Kathmandu, Alexandria, Khartoum, Tehran, Shiraz, Istanbul, in addition to domestic routes Muscat, Salalah, and Suhar.

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