SalamAir Signs Firm Order for Six Embraer E195-E2 Aircraft, Options Six More
Salam Air, Oman’s low-cost carrier, has signed a firm order for six Embraer E195-E2s, with options for a further six aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered in a 135-seat two class configuration from the end of 2023.
On Thursday (October 6, 2022), Embraer announced that Muscat-based SalamAir, Oman’s low-cost carrier, has signed a firm order for six Embraer E195-E2s, with options for a further six aircraft. From the end of 2023, the aircraft will be delivered in a two class 135 seat configuration. The deal will be included in Embraer’s Q3 backlog and is valued at $934.6 million at list prices. The new E195-E2s will complement SalamAir’s all-Airbus narrowbody fleet and will enable the carrier to profitably develop new markets and city pairs.
In Thursday’s announcement, SalamAir’s CEO, Captain Mohamed Ahmed, said,
“The aircraft will grow to be a core part of our fleet portfolio. 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. The new fleet will be used on domestic flights initially, including the 4 oil fields and 4 international airports within Oman, as we receive more aircraft we will be able to use them on regional airports in neighbouring countries which today are not connected to Oman.”
Also commenting on the new order, Embraer Commercial Aviation’s President and CEO, Arjan Meijer, added,
“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.”
With commercial operations commencing in 2017, Muscat-based SalamAir is meeting Oman’s increasing demand for affordable travel options. The carrier currently operates a fleet of six Airbus A320neos, four A321neos and one A321 Freighter. Domestically, SalamAir serves Muscat, Salalah, Suhar and Duqm. Internationally, the airline flies to 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. SalamAir also flies directly from Suhar to Shiraz, Salalah and Calicut, and Trabzon from Salalah to Calicut and Prague.
Headquartered in Brazil, Embraer is a global aerospace company and the leading manufacturer of aircraft with 70-150 seats, with more than 100 customers worldwide. The company maintains industrial units, offices and service/parts distribution centers across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. Embraer has logged over 1,900 orders for their E-Jets and the company has already delivered over 1,600 of the jets to 80 customers in 50 countries. Since the company’s founding in 1969, Embraer has delivered over 8,000 aircraft. Today, an Embraer aircraft takes off on average every ten seconds, carrying over 145 million passengers annually.