SalamAir chair­man says last six months tremen­dously ex­cit­ing

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Muscat – SalamAir, Oman’s first bud­get air­line, has achieved re­mark­able re­sults dur­ing its first six months of op­er­a­tions.

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 2,128,272km across the re­gion to ex­pe­ri­ence its value-added ser­vice of­fer­ing, stated a press re­lease.

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.”

Eng Yah­madi went on to high­light that to date the air­line has cre­ated 180 di­rect jobs, achiev­ing a re­mark­able 56 per cent Oman­i­sa­tion rate. He ex­plained that SalamAir is com­mit­ted to reach the reg­u­la­tory 60 per cent Oman­i­sa­tion rate at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble and is cur­rently pre­par­ing to en­rol a new batch of cabin crew into its train­ing pro­gramme 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.

SalamAir is re­defin­ing air travel in the re­gion and help­ing po­si­tion Oman as an in­ter­na­tional travel hub. Hav­ing al­ready flown over 2mn kilo­me­tres, 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.

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