(07/10/22)  SalamAir, an Oman-based airline, has signed a firm order for six Embraer E195-E2 passenger aircraft, with purchase rights for a further six.

SalamAir’s E195-E2 aircraft will have a dual-class configuration with 135 seats.

Deliveries are expected to start in Q4 2023.

SalamAir is building a fleet designed to support its growth plans, with four 212-seat Airbus 321neos, six 180-seat A320neos and 135 seats on the Embraer 195-E2s – including 3 Luban Class seats.

The new fleet will be used on domestic flights initially, including the 4 oil fields and 4 international airports within Oman. As the airline receives more aircraft, it will then be able to use them on flights to regional airports in neighbouring countries.

SalamAir E195-E2. Click to enlarge.

SalamAir E195-E2

Arjan Meijer, President and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation, said, “It’s great to be growing in the Middle East, a region that has often focused on long-haul travel. For Embraer it is also important to see a pioneering low-cost carrier like SalamAir recognize the value that E-Jets deliver in the LCC scenario, complementing larger narrowbodies to grow and maintain networks.”

Domestically, SalamAir flies to Muscat, Salalah, Suhar and Duqm. Its international route network includes: Dubai, Doha, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Kuwait, Bahrain, Sarajevo, Istanbul, Trabzon, Bursa, Kathmandu, Baku, Phuket, Prague, Shiraz, Tehran, Alexandria, Khartoum, Multan, Sialkot, Karachi, Dhaka, Chattogram, Jaipur, Trivandrum, and Lucknow.

The airline also flies directly from Suhar to Shiraz, Salalah and Calicut, and Trabzon from Salalah to Calicut and Prague.

“The aircraft will grow to be a core part of our fleet portfolio,” said Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir. “It is exhilarating for us to be the first airline in the Middle East to fly the incredible E195-E2. Embraer’s aircraft represents the best environmental efficiency, operating performance, and passenger comfort. The aircraft’s sophisticated aerodynamics, novel wing design and new technologies enable its exceptional energy efficiency. These aircraft are perfect for the next frontier of our growth. They will allow the airline to open new local and regional cities and increase its frequency to these destinations due to its fuel efficiency and capacity, which suits the needs of these markets.”

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