Abdulaziz al Raisi, chief executive officer of Oman Air, on Tuesday announced that Captain Nasser al Salmi has been appointed to the role of chief operating officer (COO) at the airline.
An accomplished leader and fixture in the region’s aviation sector, Captain Salmi brings more than three decades of hands-on industry know-how and C-suite expertise to Oman Air, including pivotal operational expertise from his most recent role as chief operating officer at Gulf Air.
“The appointment of Captain Salmi as chief operating officer at Oman Air comes at an unprecedented time in our airline’s history,” Raisi said. “As we turn our focus towards a healthy, gradual recovery of our sector, it is imperative for us as an airline to strengthen our capabilities across the entire airline ecosystem. With his exceptional blend of flying experience and proven senior leadership capabilities, Captain Salmi was the obvious choice for the role of chief operating officer and his extensive industry background will help Oman Air reach new heights of success in the post-pandemic world.”
Commenting on his appointment, Captain Salmi said, “I am delighted to be joining an organisation with such a rich heritage as Oman Air. It’s both a challenging and exciting time for aviation and my aim is to build on the strong foundations already in place at Oman Air to develop a strategic way forward in the months and years ahead under the guidance of CEO Raisi. I have been immersed in aviation my entire life and the opportunity to work alongside the many talented individuals at Oman Air is the pinnacle of my career.”
As incoming chief operating officer, Captain Salmi will report directly to the CEO and will be tasked, among other duties, with improving efficiencies across several operational areas including flight operations, maintenance and engineering, in-flight services, airport operations, as well as Oman Air’s operations control centre.