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Formed in 2016 and started operations in 2017. Domestic, regional and international passenger & cargo jet aircraft services.
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OMAN: POPULATION: 2.6 MILLION. IN SOME 30 YEARS, OMAN HAS TRANSFORMED ITSELF FROM A CLOSED SOCIETY TO A PROGRESSIVE SULTANATE THAT ENJOYS GOOD RELATIONS WITH MOST ARAB NATIONS AND THE WEST. OMAN SWEEPS ALONG THE ARABIAN SEA TO THE PERSIAN GULF. IT COVERS AN AREA OF 212,457 SQ KM. ITS CAPITAL CITY IS MUSCAT. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ARABIC. SEE ATTACHED MAP - - "SLM-MAP - 2016.12.jpg"
November 2016: New Omani start-up Salam Air (SLM) has received the 1st of 3 aircraft, an Airbus A320-200 (OV123), ex-(PR-MHI) leased from South Americaís (LATAM) (LAN)/(TPR) Group, as the low-cost carrier (LCC) prepares to begin services by the end of the year. See - "SLM-A320 - 2016-12.jpg."
The new low cost carrier (LCC) is in the final stages of gaining an air operatorís certificate (AOC) from the Oman Public Authority for Civil Aviation.
Initial services will be the main Omani domestic sector between Muscat and Salalah, some 600 miles away near the border with Yemen. 1st international destinations will be Dubai, the (UAE) and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
National carrier Oman Air (OMR), which looked at setting up its own (LCC) and discarded the idea, is on record as saying it will cooperate, rather than compete with, the newcomer.
Salam Air (SLM) (CEO) Francois Bouteiller, who previously held the same position at Saudi hybrid carrier flynas (NAZ), has said that the new (SLM) airlineís main destinations will be to the 6 nations that make up the Arabian Peninsula.
January 2017: Omani start-up Salam Air (SLM) has delayed the launch of revenue flights to January 30. The Muscat-based low-cost carrier (LCC) had been aiming for mid- to late-December 2016 to begin services. (SLM)ís 1st route will be between Muscat and the Arabian nationís 2nd city, Salalah, some 550 nm to the SW, near the border with Yemen. Multiple daily flights are planned and will be followed by (SLM)ís 1st international route, to Dubai, on February 15.
(SLM), Omanís 1st low cost carrier (LCC), started operations on January 30, by linking the capital city of Muscat (MCT) with Omanís 3rd largest city Salalah (SLL). (SLM) will fly the 848 km domestic sector 3x-daily on its single ex-(LATAM) A320. 2 further ex-(LATAM) A320s will join the fleet shortly. Flag carrier Oman Air (OMR) provides the competition on this city pair, with a 55x-weekly operation. (SLM)ís on-line booking tool suggests that the (LCC)ís next route is likely to be Dubai Al Maktoum in the (UAE). (CEO) François Bouteiller was formerly boss at Saudi (LCC) flynas (NAZ).
A320-214 (3047, A40-OVB), ex-(PR-MHJ) delivery.
March 2017: SalamAir (SLM), the Omani low cost carrier (LCC), has continued its start-up phase of route launches, with the addition of a 2x-daily connection between Muscat (MCT) and Dubai Al Maktoum (DWC) on February 28. The A320-operated service will switch to Dubaiís main airport on March 26. While the 347 km connection will not face any direct competition, the indirect frequencies offered by the incumbents between Muscat and Dubai are substantial. Oman Air (OMR) currently provides 49x-weekly flights, flydubai (FDB) flies 36x-weekly, Emirates (EAD) 18x-weekly and SWISS (CSR) operates a daily triangular service which originates in Zurich, for which it has local traffic rights between Dubai and Muscat.
SalamAir (SLM)ís growing network was made possible with the arrival of its 2nd A320, named ďFateh Al KhairĒ, also allowing it to introduce a 3rds daily flight to Salalah from Muscat.
April 2017: New Omani low-cost carrier (LCC) SalamAir (SLM) plans to rapidly expand its route map as it inducts more aircraft to its fleet.
(SLM) began operations in January with flights between the Omani capital Muscat and the nation's 2nd city, Salalah. It followed this in February with its 1st international service to Dubai.
(SLM) now has 3 leased Airbus A320s, with a 4th scheduled to arrive by July 2017.
SalamAir (SLM) now intends to move into Saudi Arabia, which has the Gulf's largest population, rapidly growing demand for air services and is the site of the world's largest religious pilgrimage. (SLM) will start flying 4x-weekly from Muscat to Jeddah from April 16, with the frequency increasing to daily from May 1.
The latter month will also see the start of 3x-weekly flights to Madinah, Saudi Arabia, as well as 3x-weekly services to 3 cities in Pakistan: Multan, Sialkot, and Karachi.
Plans are underway to increase connectivity to Saudi Arabia during Ramadan by adding flights to Taif and Madinah through Muscat and Salalah to accommodate the increasing number of Umrah pilgrims.
(SLM) is also looking into offering direct services to other destinations in the 6-nation Gulf Cooperation Council grouping during the busy summer traveling period.
"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," SalamAir (CEO) François Bouteiller said.
May 2017: (IATA) Code: OV. (ICAO) Code: OMS. (Callsign - Mazoon).
SalamAir (SLM) has entered the Pakistani market this month, beginning a 3x-weekly operation from Muscat (MCT) to Sialkot (SKT) on May 16. This will be the 1st stage of (SLM)ís development in the market, as it will introduce services to Multan and Karachi in the coming weeks. The low cost carrier (LCC) will face competition from incumbents Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) (2x-weekly) and Shaheen Air International (SHK) (weekly) on the city pair. The 1,860 km sector will be flown by (SLM)ís growing A320 fleet.
Sialkot becomes SalamAir (SLM)ís 4th destination, with it already serving Dubai Al Maktoum, Jeddah, and Salalah from Muscat.
February 2018: SalamAir (SLM), Omanís 1st budget airline, inaugurated its 3x-weekly service to Multan (MUX) on February 8, the low cost carrier (LCC)ís 3rd destination in Pakistan, complementing its current flights to Karachi and Sialkot.
The A320-operated services depart at 23:55 from Muscat (MCT) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, arriving into Multan at 03:30 the next day. The return sector leaves Pakistan at 04:50 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Mondays, landing back in Oman at 06:35.
Captain Mohamed Ahmed, (CEO) of SalamAir, said of (SLM)ís newest route: ďThe addition of Multan to our destinations will allow us to better serve our guests, and cater to rising number of business and leisure travelers.
The Pakistani community makes up about 13% of the local expatriates working in Oman. It is therefore no surprise that this route has been 1 of the highest in demand. We have worked very hard with the authorities to ensure that our flight timings will allow our guests to conveniently connect to other destinations, including Dubai, Doha, Jeddah and Salalah via Muscat.Ē
The (CEO) went on to explain that SalamAir (SLM) is exploring other under-served destinations in Pakistan including Islamabad, Lahore and Faisalabad, as well as increasing its flight frequencies on current routes.
Competition on (SLM)ís route between Muscat and Multan will face direct competition from Shaheen Air International (SHK), with (SHK) already serving the 1,493 km sector with a weekly (Fridays) service.