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SalamAir Orders Fuel-Efficient Embraer E195-E2 Aircraft


SalamAir of Oman has signed a firm order with Embraer for six E195-E2, with options for a further six aircraft. The deal is valued at US$934.6 million at list price with all options exercised.


The Muscat based low-cost carrier has opted for the E195-E2 to join and complement their all-Airbus narrowbody fleet for the benefits and flexibility right-sizing provides.


Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir, 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."


Arjan Meijer, President and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation, 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.”


Based in Muscat, Air commenced operations in 2017. It currently operates six A320neo, four A321neo and one Airbus A321 freighter.


The E195-E2, the quietest and most efficient aircraft in its class, will be delivered in a comfortable dual class configuration with 135 seats, beginning at the end of 2023.


Embraer is a global aerospace company headquartered in Brazil. It manufactures commercial, business, defense & security, and agricultural aircraft. It is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats.

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