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2017

SALAMAIR APPOINTS CAPTAIN MOHAMED AHMED AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Muscat, 10th September 2017- SalamAir’s Board of Directors has appointed Captain Mohamed Ahmed as Chief Executive Officer effective October 2nd 2017. Reputed for delivering operational, commercial and financial results in the aviation industry, Captain Mohamed Ahmed will be leading SalamAir through its next phase of development focusing on driving efficiency, performance and customer satisfaction.
An industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Captain Mohamed Ahmed joins SalamAir from Air Arabia where he occupied the post of Group Director of Operations & Maintenance and many other roles within the organization including being an active Board Member in many of the Joint Ventures and subsidiaries. During his tenure at Air Arabia, he played a key role in the start-up of the airline and most of its subsidiaries, including setting-up five new AOCs across the Arab world and Far East. He was also involved in major projects with the airline like the aircraft and simulator orders, airport expansion, starting and operating the Pilot Aviation Academy in addition he was the Director Manager for some of the subsidiary airlines and companies plus he took the role of identifying vendors and state-of-the-art IT systems.
Eng. Khalid bin Hilal Al Yahmadi, Chairman of SalamAir, said, “It is our pleasure to welcome Captain Mohamed Ahmed to SalamAir. His wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry will play a pivotal role in the Airline’s growth and development journey.”
He went on to say, “As a young, home-grown airline, SalamAir has achieved many milestones in record time. In fact, in just eight months it opened the skies to more than 380,000 guests flying over 450,000,000 kilometers across seven destinations. We are confident that with Captain Mohamed Ahmed at the helm, SalamAir will claim its position as one of the region’s leading budget airlines.”
Captain Mohamed Ahmed said, “I have been following SalamAir’s progress from the very start and am proud to be joining and working alongside the team to make SalamAir the traveling partner of choice for guests flying between our ever-expanding destinations. The success of a budget airline business model is centered on offering safe and affordable flights which represents a great value for money. I plan to build a winning team and apply my experience and know-how to write the next chapter of SalamAir’s success story.”
Since its launch, SalamAir has been committed to redefining air travel in the region and position Oman as an international travel hub. As it continues to grow, it will maintain its strong focus on serving the needs and demands of its guests on under-served plus popular short-haul routes. Today it has increased connectivity from Muscat, Salalah and Suhar to Dubai, Jeddah, Karachi and Sialkot.
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About SalamAir
Launched in 2016, SalamAir is Oman’s first budget airline. Initiated by ASAAS, a national investment and development company, SalamAir has been formed to meet Oman’s rapidly increasing demand for air traffic at affordable prices and generate further opportunities for employment and business creation within the various sectors in Oman.
Inspired by beliefs that are deeply embedded in the soul of Oman and its people, SalamAir operates on the promise of ‘Always Welcome’, a concept that encapsulates its customer-focused philosophy. Further supporting its vision to serve high-quality service to its guests at every touchpoint, are the airline’s values of hospitality, confidence and drive towards innovation which reflect Oman’s culture.
Operating a fleet of A320s, the airline’s flight schedule includes flights to Salalah, Suhar, Jeddah, Dubai, Sialkot and Karachi.

SALAMAIR CELEBRATES SIX MONTHS OF
OPERATIONAL MILESTONES
Muscat, 6th August 2017: SalamAir, Oman’s first budget airline, has achieved remarkable results during its first six months of operation. Backed by a growing fleet of A320s, the airline has been able to expand its operations to include nine destinations and has opened the skies for more than 223,765 guests flying over 2,128,272 kilometers across the region to experience its value-added service offering.
Commenting on the airline’s success, Eng. Khalid bin Hilal Al Yahmadi, Chairman of SalamAir said: “The last six months have been tremendously exciting, filled with landmark moments as we made our vision of affordable travel for more people to take more journeys a reality. We have enabled people across the region to expand their personal and business horizons, travel more frequently, and connect more with colleagues, friends and family. As we mark this important milestone, I would like to sincerely thank our ever-growing number of guests for choosing SalamAir, as well as the incredible SalamAir family, as each and every one of them has contributed to the success of our airline.”
He added, “A home-grown airline, SalamAir is proud to be a catalyst for Oman’s vision for sustainable development and diversification. Opening up new routes and destinations, the capacity we provide is increasing tourism and leisure flows to support the Sultanate in the achievement of its tourism development goals and objectives. The facilitation of business travel is also an important element of our activities, as we make the many attractive prospects of the Sultanate’s industrial base more accessible to investors and entrepreneurs from around the region.”
The Chairman went on to highlight that to date the airline has created 180 direct jobs, achieving a remarkable 56% Omanization rate. He explained that SalamAir is committed to reach the regulatory 60% Omanization rate at the earliest possible and is currently preparing to enroll a new batch of cabin crew into its training program as it looks forward to the next stage of its network growth. The 24/7 SalamAir Call Centre has also successfully responded to over 79,800 calls, 15,400 live chats, and responded to 3,900 emails, in addition to being 100% run by Omanis.
SalamAir is redefining air travel in the region and helping position Oman as an international travel hub. Having already flown over two million kilometers, the airline has expanded its network to include Dubai, Jeddah and Medina in Saudi Arabia and Sialkot and Karachi in Pakistan. Responding to summer surges in demand for travel, the airline introduced new seasonal routes to destinations in the region such as Sohar and Taif and increased the frequency of its services between Muscat to Salalah. As it continues to develop its schedule and the scope of its operations, SalamAir will maintain its strong focus on serving the needs and demands of its guests on under-served short-haul routes, a forward-thinking strategy that is driving the rapid growth of the airline.
Built on the philosophy of ‘Always Welcome’, SalamAir ensures that Oman’s famed hospitality is reflected in all aspects of its service, from the guest’s first interactions with the website www.salamair.com guests can choose between three easy fare options: Light, Friendly and Flexi. An affordable menu of additional services is also available which includes extra luggage allowance, seat selection, and priority check-in.
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SALAMAIR LAUNCHES NEW SERVICES TO TAIF AND SOHAR TO MEET SEASONAL INFLUX
Muscat, 18th June 2017- Responding to summer surges in demand for travel, SalamAir, Oman’s first budget airline, has introduced new seasonal routes to key destination in the region and increased the frequency of its services on popular flights. The airline will be operating two direct flights per week between Salalah and Taif and from 28th June to 15th September will be flying three times per week from Salalah to Sohar, while increasing services to Muscat to 31 times a week.
The new seasonal routes come as a result of the anticipated increase in domestic and regional travelers during the busy Khareef season, which saw a record 653,000 visitors in 2016. Delivering on its promise to open the skies for guests to experience more, SalamAir’s low fare return tickets to Taif start from OMR 88 while return fares from Sohar are available for only OMR 24 return.
“SalamAir is excited to introduce these new services during the busy summer period and offer guests an affordable quality option as they make their travel plans,” said François Bouteiller, SalamAir CEO. “Since our launch SalamAir has focused its efforts on catering to demand, particularly on under-served routes. An excellent example of this innovative strategy is our new service between Salalah and Taif which is the first ever direct flight between these two cities. This route will not only give Umrah goers more choice but also make their travel more convenient.”
François went on to highlight, “Central to our seasonal schedule are our Muscat and Sohar flights to Salalah which will provide much needed connectivity and capacity to meet the steadily increasing number of people wishing to experience Khareef and enjoy the cooler temperatures in the Dhofar Governorate.”
Connecting Salalah with Taif in less than three hours and with Sohar in under two hours, the new seasonal services are fully integrated with SalamAir’s regular flights, and offer seamless connections to the budget airline’s daily flights to Dubai, and Jeddah as well as its three weekly services to Medina and Sialkot. The airline’s seasonal and regular services are available for guests to book now on www.salamair.com. With choice always a priority, all routes offer three easy fare options: Light, Friendly and Flexi. Helping guests create their perfect journey is SalamAir’s cost-conscious menu of supplementary options such as extra luggage allowance, seat selection and priority check-in.
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SALAMAIR WELCOMES 18 NEW CABIN CREW TO ITS GROWING OPERATIONS
Muscat, 27th May 2017 - SalamAir, Oman’s first budget airline, has added 18 new members to its growing team of cabin crew during a graduation ceremony commemorating their completion of a month-long training. Conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower, OPAL and the Polyglot Institute, the training aimed at enhancing the necessary skillsets and knowledge of the staff to advance their career development.
As part of a ‘cabin crew safety and emergency procedure’ course, the new recruits were comprehensively trained in 13 different areas including aeronautics, security, first aid, dangerous goods awareness, crew cooperation, accident reporting and crew duties and responsibilities.
François Bouteiller, SalamAir CEO said, “We are continuing to redefine our guests’ travel experience with budget airlines and offering quality service on-board is an essential part of the journey. By training and providing our crew members with the tools to grow professionally, we are offering our talented employees a platform to embark on rewarding careers in the aviation industry.”
He further added, “The Middle East is one of the fastest expanding regions for the airline industry, with air traffic in Oman alone expected to grow by 40% by 2019. For that reason, it is imperative we support and contribute to this growth with local and National born individuals who are fully qualified to meet highest international safety and quality standards. As Oman’s first budget airline that reflects the ‘soul of Oman’, our ambitious expansion strategy coupled with our growing number of professional staff members will ensure that our guests reach their destination of choice with complete satisfaction.”
Since its launch, SalamAir has expanded its route network to include seven destinations backed by a total of 70 cabin crew. Keeping up with their commitment to contribute to and support Oman’s burgeoning hospitality and tourism sectors by investing in local talent, the airline ensures all their staff undergo a combination of both theoretical and practical components that will reinforce the airline’s overall operational capabilities.
With a number of new destination launches in the pipeline, SalamAir will continue to open the skies for high-potential youth to join its growing roster of employees. To become a member of SalamAir’s multi-national team of brand ambassadors, applicants must embody the airlines values of hospitality, confidence and forward thinking, which are a true reflection of the Omani culture. For more information, interested candidates can visit the website at https://salamair.com/
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SALAMAIR SEALS MULTIPLE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS AT ARABIAN TRAVEL MARKET
Dubai, 1st May 2017 - SalamAir, Oman’s first budget airline, sealed multiple partnerships with leading regional and international companies for general sales, car rental and distribution services at Arabian Travel Market (ATM). The agreements will collectively support and reinforce the new budget airline’s dynamic growth and development strategy in the region.
Al Tayyar Travel Group in Saudi Arabia, Sharaf Travel in the United Arab Emirates and Gerry’s Travel in Pakistan have joined the airline’s roster of General Sales Agents. In addition, the fast-growing airline has initiated talks with potential partners in new markets.
Speaking at ATM, the leading global event for the Middle East inbound and outbound travel industry, SalamAir CEO François Bouteiller said: “This marked our first participation at ATM and the agreements signed clearly demonstrated to the global travel industry how we are redefining the budget airline sector with a unique approach that focuses on offering choice and value added services to guests both on-ground and on-board.”
He added, “As we serve the increasing demand for tourism, leisure and business travel in the region, we are proud to be playing a role in the Sultanate’s burgeoning tourism and hospitality sector. In doing so, SalamAir is contributing to the nation’s future progress and prosperity, spurring investment and generating a range of opportunities for employment and business creation.”
SalamAir now flies daily from Muscat and Salalah to Dubai and Jeddah, as well as thrice weekly to Madinah. The budget airline has also set plans to introduce services to Taif in Ramadan and expand its network to Pakistan with the addition of flights to Sialkot, Multan and Karachi.
Flights can be booked online through the airline’s easy to use website: www.salamair.com. All routes offer a choice of three easy fare options: Light, Friendly & Flexi. Delivering on its promise of offering value for money and choice, a cost-conscious menu of additional services is also available to guests, which includes extra luggage allowance, seat selection, and priority check-in.
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SALAMAIR EXPANDS ITS ROUTE NETWORK TO SAUDI ARABIA AND PAKISTAN
Muscat, 11 April 2017- SalamAir has announced the addition of new destinations to its fast-growing network with flights to Saudi Arabia scheduled to start on April 16th, 2017. With return tickets as low as OMR 89, Oman’s first budget airline will fly daily to Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport and in the coming weeks add Madinah to its flight schedule.
The airline will also be launching its routes to Pakistan within the month which will include flights to Multan, Sialkot and Karachi. In addition, plans are underway to increase connectivity to Saudi Arabia by introducing direct flights from Muscat to Taif and a through flight from Salalah to Taif via Muscat along with more flights to Madinah during Ramadan; all to accommodate the increasing number of guests traveling for Umrah.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an important extension to our network to meet the strong demand for low cost travel,” said Khalid Al Yahmadi, SalamAir Chairman. “We are offering greater flexibility and choice to guests traveling on these routes for leisure, business and religious purposes. These new flights will open new tourism, trade and investment opportunities, contributing to the Omani economy by attracting more tourists and business travelers and in turn spur the creation of employment opportunities in the Sultanate.”
François Bouteiller, SalamAir CEO added, “It has been a busy period since our launch in January and the introduction of these new destinations reflects our determination to keep the momentum up. We are excited to open up the skies to more people, offering them freedom of choice and good value on our reliable, quality and always welcoming flights.”
SalamAir’s expansion to Saudi Arabia adds to the airline’s existing Muscat, Salalah, and Dubai daily flight services. It is worth mentioning that the new routes will be operated using SalamAir’s growing fleet of Airbus A320s which are well known for the comfort of their wider cabins, lower operating costs, fuel efficiency, and outstanding safety records.
You are invited to book your flights on SalamAir through the airline’s user-friendly website: www.salamair.com. All routes offer a choice of three easy fare options: Light, Friendly & Flexi. Moreover, guests flying from Salalah to Jeddah and Madinah will be offered ‘through flights’, meaning that they can remain on board during the 50 minute Muscat transit to Saudi Arabia.
Delivering on its promise of offering value for money, a cost-conscious menu of additional services is also available to guests, which includes extra luggage allowance, seat selection, and priority check-in.

SALAMAIR OPENS TICKET DESK AT MUSCAT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT



Muscat, 10 April 2017: SalamAir, Oman’s first budget airline, has opened a ticket desk at Muscat International Airport. Located at the Departure Terminal, the new facility will offer a full range of services including reservations and ticketing, itinerary changes, purchase of value-added options and general information and support.
François Bouteiller, SalamAir CEO said, “The opening of our ticket desk is a reflection of our core philosophy built around customer satisfaction. As a newly launched airline, we serve a rapidly growing customer base that will continue to expand with the introduction of several new destinations on the horizon. Through this facility, we will be adding a new element of face-to-face interaction with our guests, which will allow us to gain a deeper understanding of their needs and provide them with the highest level of service.”
“Our aim with the new facility is to not only enable our vision to enhance guests’ overall experience flying with budget airlines but to also help us create new opportunities for employment within the Sultanate,” he added.
The ticket desk will add to SalamAir’s integrated customer support which already includes the SalamAir.com website, affiliated travel agents and the SalamAir call center which offers friendly and efficient service through chat, email or phone and can be contacted on +968 2427 2222.
Guests can also access SalamAir’s social media platforms, Twitter(@SalamAir), Facebook (SalamAirOfficial) and Instagram (@salamair), which are updated with the latest information.

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About SalamAir
Launched in 2016, SalamAir is Oman’s first budget airline. Initiated by ASAAS, a national investment and development company, SalamAir has been formed to meet Oman’s rapidly increasing demand for air traffic at affordable prices and generate further opportunities for employment and business creation within the various sectors in Oman.

Inspired by beliefs that are deeply embedded in the soul of Oman and its people, SalamAir operates on the promise of ‘Always Welcome’, a concept that encapsulates its customer-focused philosophy. Further supporting its vision to serve high-quality service to its guests at every touchpoint are the airline’s values of hospitality, confidence and drive towards innovation which reflect Oman’s culture.
The airline started its commercial operations in January 2017 and is operating a growing fleet of A320 aircraft. Today, SalamAir flies thrice-daily to Salalah International Airport and twice-daily to Dubai, serving both Muscat & Salalah.

SALAMAIR GOES INTERNATIONAL WITH DOUBLE DAILY FLIGHTS TO DUBAI
Double daily service will first operate to Dubai World Central (DWC) starting February 28th 2017 before moving to Dubai International Airport (DXB) starting March 26th 2017
Rates as low as OMR 14.6 one way
Through flight options available for guests flying from/to Salalah
Muscat, February 28th 2017 – SalamAir, Oman’s first budget airline, has expanded its network by introducing its first international destination, Dubai. The double daily service will operate from Muscat International Airport (MCT) to Dubai World Central (DWC) before moving to Dubai International Airport (DXB) starting March 26th 2017.
SalamAir’s growing destination network was made possible with the arrival of the second A320 to its fleet, named “Fateh Al Khair” and will introduce a third daily flight to Salalah.
“It has been an exciting start to the year for SalamAir with the introduction of our two destinations, Salalah and Dubai, which reinforces our commitment to strongly support and further trade and economic opportunities for Oman,” said Khalid Al Yahmadi, Chairman of SalamAir. “For a newly launched airline, our figures are already showing very promising results. The response from our guests has been very positive which demonstrates our capabilities in offering a redefined travel experience that never compromises on quality, safety and security.”
François Bouteiller, SalamAir CEO said, “Dubai is a thriving leisure and business destination and with convenient dual flight times, we are offering more flexible travel options for our guests, all within their budget. With the aim of improving the network’s connectivity, we will also be announcing multiple new destinations to and from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan in the coming weeks with the arrival of additional aircrafts.”
With fares from Muscat to Dubai as low as OMR 14.6, guests can now book their flights on the website and can choose between three easy fare options: Light, Friendly & Flexi. Delivering on its promise to offer value for money, SalamAir will provide the option of ‘through flights’ on the 17:35 flight from Salalah to Dubai, meaning that guests can fly to Dubai without having to disembark in Muscat. The service includes a 50-minute stopover.
Built on the philosophy of ‘Always Welcome’, SalamAir ensures that Omani hospitality is reflected in all aspects of its services, whether on-ground or in-flight. An affordable menu of additional services is also available to guests, which includes extra luggage allowance, seat selection, and priority check-in.
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Under the patronage of H.H. Sayyid Taimur bin Asad Al Said
SalamAir Makes History and Embraces the Blue Skies of Oman
Muscat, 29th January 2017 – SalamAir, Oman’s first budget airline, unveiled its first aircraft “Samharam” on Sunday 29th of January 2017 at the Muscat International Airport, marking a new era in the aviation industry of the Sultanate. The unveiling event was held under the patronage of His Highness Sayyid Taimur bin Asad Al Said and attended by senior government officials and private sector leaders as well as industry professionals and media. By achieving this important milestone, SalamAir begins its journey to offer people benefits of low cost carrier with the soul of Oman.
The ceremony revealed SalamAir’s A320 Airbus to an enthused audience, giving them the opportunity to be the first ones to seize the moment when the plane and its livery were showcased. The colours of the brand capture the lush green picturesque views of Oman and reflect the azure tones of the sea and sky. The name ‘SalamAir’, which is derived from the Arabic greeting, pays tribute to Oman’s deeply rooted culture and long standing history as an ambassador of peace.
Commenting on the ceremony, Eng. Khalid bin Hilal Al Yahmadi, Chairman of SalamAir said, “We are proud to make this dream a reality in 12 months and grateful to the immense support we received from our shareholders, concerned authorities and our team who demonstrated great dedication and commitment to deliver this project with high levels of quality and efficiency. We are happy to note that 68% of our staff is Omani and that several small and medium enterprises contributed to this accomplishment. At SalamAir we ensure to resonate the Omani experience in everything we do.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank SalamAir’s team, partners, and all of those who supported us in achieving this significant milestone. We have worked hard to ensure a timely take off for our first flight while never compromising on quality and simplicity. We want to give people choice and flexibility when shaping their journeys and offer great experiences to make air travel more affordable. This will enable more people to fly and allow everyone to explore new destinations, expand their horizons and connect with their family and friends,” said François Bouteiller, Chief Executive Officer of SalamAir. “This day will be remembered as an important step towards leveraging the aviation industry of Oman. It surely is a very proud moment for all of us,” the CEO added.
Following the unveiling ceremony, SalamAir’s first commercial flight will take off from Salalah Airport on Monday 30th January 2017 to Muscat International Airport. SalamAir will fly to and from Salalah and Muscat with plans to extend its operations in this year to upcoming destinations such as Dubai, Jeddah, Medina, Karachi, Sialkot and Multan. Through offering reasonable and efficient means of transport to people in and outside Oman, SalamAir is anticipated to boost the tourism industry in the country contributing to the realization of the nation’s aspirations to diversify its economy through the development of certain sectors including tourism.
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2016

COMEMORATING THE 46th NATIONAL DAY 
 
SALAMAIR’S FIRST A320 TOUCHES DOWN AT MUSCAT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Muscat, 19th November 2016 – SalamAir paid a memorable tribute to the Sultanate’s 46th National Day when a fully branded aircraft featuring SalamAir’s logo together with its unique shades of blue and green, which pay homage to the Sultanate’s natural treasures of sea and land, made a special appearance at Muscat International Airport.
“SalamAir has added another milestone to its growing list of accomplishments and we are proud to have achieved this one on the 46th National Day of the country,” expressed SalamAir’s Chairman, Khalid Al Yahmadi. “Safety and security is our number one priority and we are working tirelessly to complete all the necessary testing requirements so that we can commence our Muscat – Salalah flights as scheduled before the end of year.”
SalamAir’s CEO François Bouteiller accompanied the pilots in the cockpit during the flight, and said, “It was a very proud moment for me to witness SalamAir’s first touchdown at our soon-to-be home base and be part of our progress to realizing our vision to become a catalyst in the industry of budget carriers. Completion of all necessary aircraft modifications are well underway and with an initial fleet of three A320s, we believe we will be able to establish a strong presence and serve those flying with us in the true Omani spirit.”
He added, “Customer satisfaction is at the core of our identity and we plan to elevate the standards of business and leisure travel alike by offering customers quality, safety, hospitality and affordability from the moment they come into contact with SalamAir.”
A preferred choice among airline brands globally, the A320 aircrafts are optimal for domestic and short haul flights as they offer an economical and efficient means of transport. The SalamAir A320 fleet of aircrafts will feature a single class available to fliers with three seats on either side divided by an aisle alongside a comfortable pitch seat.

UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF HH SAYYID TAIMUR BIN ASAD AL SAID
 
SALAMAIR DEBUTS ITS BRAND IDENTITY THAT CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF OMAN AND LOOKS TO THE FUTURE OF AVIATION


Muscat, October 11th 2016 – Under the patronage of His Highness Sayyid Taimur bin Asad Al Said, Assistant Secretary General for Communications and Branding at The Research Council, SalamAir, Oman’s first budget airline revealed its brand identity to the public. Inspired by the soul of Oman and its people, the airline's promise of ‘Always Welcome’ encapsulates its customer-focused philosophy whereas the logo pays tribute to the Sultanate's diverse architectural forms. The brand colors, derived from Oman's picturesque landscapes, mirror the tones of the sea and lush flora and fauna.

The debut was attended by representatives of ASAAS and SalamAir as well government officials, shareholders, members of the travel and tourism industry and media. During the event, SalamAir’s Chairman, Eng. Khalid Al Yahmadi, explained that the new carrier’s values are an expression of its commitment towards delivering high levels of hospitality and customer service. “Our identity epitomizes the values of hospitality, confidence and drive towards innovation which are embedded in the culture of Oman. This serves as a powerful and exciting platform to build from as we redefine the sector of budget carriers - opening the skies for more people to customize their travels without compromising on quality.”

François Bouteiller, the CEO of SalamAir said, “The launch of SalamAir’s brand identity is another important milestone as we progress towards our first take off at the end of this year and marks the beginning of a new era for travelers in the region. SalamAir will take Oman’s burgeoning airline sector to new heights and proudly contribute to the progress, development, and prosperity of the country by facilitating travel for business, leisure, and tourism.”

He added, “Passengers will soon be able to book their SalamAir flights through our contact center and website which are both currently in the final stages of completion. The easy-to-use online portal will contain full details of SalamAir’s schedule, price structure, flexible ticket options, and special offers. Customers will also be able to purchase tickets from ticket desks at Muscat and Salalah international airports."

Congratulating SalamAir on this important launch, HE. Dr. Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Zaabi, CEO of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) said, “With the high demand for a low cost airline services in Oman and with the quantum leap development and expansion of Omani Airports, there are tremendous opportunities for SalamAir to make a significant impact. With its competitive price structure and offers, the airline will encourage residents and companies to travel more often without spending excessively. By allowing more than one air operators in Oman we look forward to providing better services to the public and the full utilization of Omani airports wishing SalamAir every success.”

Awarded its air service operator license by the Public Authority for Civil Aviation in early 2016, SalamAir’s fleet of three Airbus A320s is scheduled to take to the skies at the end of the year. With its first flight destined from Salalah to Muscat, the low cost carrier plans to extend its operations to include the GCC and Middle East.

The brainchild of ASAAS, a national investment and development company, SalamAir was formed to meet Oman’s rapidly increasing demand for air traffic, which is expected to grow by 40% by 2019. ASAAS has made a substantial initial investment in SalamAir, its anchor venture, with the ambition to advance the airline as a catalyst for Oman’s development and diversification agenda, and as a key component of the broader efforts to promote tourism and hospitality across the sector’s value chain.

SALAMAIR APPOINTS FRANÇOIS BOUTEILLER AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Muscat, 4th October 2016 – SalamAir Board of Directors has announced the appointment of François Bouteiller as the Chief Executive Officer of Oman’s first budget airline. An industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, François will take the lead in guiding the new carrier to its highly anticipated launch in the fourth quarter of 2016, managing its operational and business strategies to cater to the Sultanate’s traffic demand which is expected to grow 40% by 2019.

Prior to this appointment, François was the CEO of Flynas, a low cost carrier in Saudi Arabia, where his management know-how successfully brought the company to success carrying almost 4 million passengers a year. François also co-founded and led FlyBaboo, a regional airline in Europe, after service at Swiss International Airlines in Geneva. His long list of achievements also includes being named ‘Best Chief Executive Officer of the Aviation Sector’ in 2013 by the Arabian Business News.

Eng. Khalid bin Hilal Al Yahmadi, CEO of parent company ASAAS and Chairman of SalamAir, said, “It is a pleasure to welcome François Bouteiller on board. His wealth of knowledge in operational efficiency and experience in managing commercial and budget airlines makes him a most qualified person for this position at this critical stage of the airline’s journey.”

“SalamAir is history in the making, and I am very proud to be part of it,” expressed François Bouteiller. “Given the proximity to 80% of the world’s population, the Middle East is one of the fastest growing regions in the aviation industry, with Oman well positioned for growth. I look forward to harnessing the Sultanate’s full potential as a premier and affordable destination at the crossroads of continents.”

The recently formed Salam Air Board of Directors held its first meeting in the end of September after securing private Omani investors to partner with ASAAS and TANMIA, both of which are owned by the State General Reserve Fund, Pension Funds and Muscat Municipality. Salam Air is rapidly moving ahead with plans for its launch later this year, with the company leasing three Airbus A320s. With a vision to boost business and tourism in Oman, SalamAir is well placed to offer an economical and efficient means of transport for the country and further advance the aviation sector in Oman.