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Salam Air is in talks with Airbus for two Airbus A321LR

Muscat, Oman - Oman's low-cost carrier Salam Air is in talks with Airbus to place an order for two A321neo jets as part of its network expansion plans.

The negotiations are focused on the acquisition of two A321LR, the long-range variant of the A321neo family jets, valued at around $250 million at list prices.

Salam Air and the European aircraft manufacturer will most likely finalize the deal during the Dubai Airshow next week.

Founded in 2017 and based in Muscat, Salam Air operates three Airbus A320-200 and four Airbus A320neo. The carrier has two more A320neo jetliners in its order book waiting to be delivered.

Salam Air aims to increase the number of aircraft in the fleet from seven to 11 in the short term, and eventually to 20 over the next five years.

Last month during an interview, Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Ahmed said that buying new Airbus jets makes sense since Salam Air is an all-Airbus operator.

Salam Air offers connections between the southern Gulf and Qatar to facilitate trips of passengers to and from Doha amid the airspace ban imposed on Qatar from neighboring countries such as Saudi Arabia.

Salam Air plans to expand its route network 60 destinations with the arrival of Airbus's new single-aisle jets.