SalamAir, Oman’s low-fare carrier, has signed a firm order with Embraer for six E195-E2 aircraft. The deliveries – which are expected to be start at the end of 2023, will be added to the Q3 backlog with the overall deal being priced at US$934.6 million.

The E195-E2 aircraft have been selected to supplement the carrier’s existing Airbus narrowbody fleet for the benefits and flexibility right-sizing provides; namely, developing new markets and city pairs profitably.

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. 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.”