Muscat – SalamAir, Oman’s budget airline, has taken delivery of its first A321neo aircraft, with an aim to cater to its ever-expanding network.
The efficient A321neo delivers high levels of passenger comfort while expanding seating capacity through optimised use of cabin space.
The A321neo will complement SalamAir’s fleet of six A320neo, the airline said in a statement on its website.
With the induction of the A321neo, SalamAir has become the first airline in the country to introduce the aircraft to its fleet. The aircraft’s extra range capability of eight hours meets the ambitious plans of the airline.
SalamAir can now connect Muscat and Salalah further to Europe, Far East, and African new destinations.
The new fleet mix will enable SalamAir to diversify its portfolio and support Oman’s tourism industry vision, the airline said.
Masirah, the name of the new aircraft, offers a new ‘all-inclusive’ fare class. The premium class cabin is a response to the passengers’ desire of having bundled inclusive services that cater to their travel needs.
The seating capacity of the new aircraft will be 212 seats.
The next-generation A321 aircraft developed by Airbus has a new engine option (NEO). To elevate the passenger experience, it offers additional seating capacity while allowing augmented use of cabin space. A redesigned cabin door configuration and supplementary exit limits lift the comfort quotient of the aircraft.
Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir, said, “We are pleased to introduce the newest A321neo aircraft into our fleet as we continue to expand our network. The induction of the A321neo aircraft marks another step towards meeting the needs of international, regional, and domestic passengers in the perpetually growing aviation market.”
“The employment of this aircraft to our fleet with its additional range and extra 32 seats to our existing A320neo will support the growth plans of our airline’s network,” he added
Mikail Houari, president, Airbus Africa and the Middle East said, “We are proud of our partnership with SalamAir. The A321neo is a state-of-the-art aircraft that will help expand the airline’s network whilst bringing significant savings to the airline and optimum passenger comfort.”
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