SalamAir inaugurates Chattogram flight, awards top agents

- A Monitor Desk Report 09 Oct, 2019 | 3522 Views|-+
Dhaka: The Omani budget carrier SalamAir successfully operated its first flight on Muscat-Chattogram route launched on October 7 with nearly a full passenger load factor.

Mazin Al Salmani, Commercial Director of Salam Air said this at the carrier’s Chattogram flight inauguration ceremony and top agent award night on October 8 held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital.

Taeeb Salim Al Alawi, Head of Mission, Embassy of Oman in Dhaka, Mohammed El Desouky, Head of Sales, Salam Air and Md Nasser Shahrear Zahedee, Chairman, Aerowing Aviation Ltd (GSA of SalamAir) were also present on the occasion.

Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, BSP, BUP, ndu, afwc, psc, Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh attended the event as the Chief Guest.

SalamAir started its commercial operations in 2017 with an aim to offer affordable travel options and generate further employment and business opportunities.

In a short span, the airline has increased its network to nearly 25 destinations such as its hub Muscat, Doha, Dubai, Dhaka, Khartoum, Tehran, Istanbul, Kabul, Abu Dhabi and many others with its fleet of Airbus A320s and A320neos.

With the launch of direct services to Chattogram, operated by brand new Airbus A320neo, the carrier has made the port city its 23rd destination. The carrier will operate four weekly flights on the route on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Another milestone SalamAir celebrated at the event was the completion of one year of operation on Muscat-Dhaka route, said Salmani.

On August 29, 2018, SalamAir began operating flights to Dhaka with four flights a week. Soon, the carrier expanded its services to daily flights.

“We have almost carried 100 thousand passengers on this route and achieved more than 90 per cent seat load factor,” added Salmani.

In terms of cargo, the carrier has freighted almost 120 thousand tonnes of cargo from Dhaka in a year. “We expect to double the number soon with our expansion of network and services.”

Salmani further mentioned that the bilateral relationship between Bangladesh and Oman is very strong since the number of Bangladeshi manpower working in Oman is more than 700 thousand.

The carrier just received its seventh aircraft A320neo. They are going to receive two more aircraft this year and three more in 2020.

SalamAir also plans to add three new destinations – Bahrain, Dammam and Colombo –to its network by this year.

Taeeb Salim Al Alawi, Head of Mission, Embassy of Oman in Dhaka and Mohammed El Desouky, Head of Sales, Salam Air also spoke on the occasion thanking everyone for their support in making the carrier’s operation a success.

In his speech, the Chief Guest Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman expressed that the aviation industry of the country is witnessing a significant growth.

“In Bangladesh, we have seen an overall yearly increase of 8 per cent passenger growth. In a short time, the number will increase to two figures.”

The government is also coming up with new projects to develop the travel trade industry, in terms of infrastructure development and capacity building, claimed Rahman.

“The country already has three international airports. We are taking further steps to turn some of the domestic airports into international as well,” said Rahman.

The development of this industry is crucial to achieve the SDG goals, concluded the Chairman of CAAB.

After the flight inauguration ceremony, SalamAir awarded its top agents. The event concluded with a raffle draw where the carrier handed over complimentary flight tickets to the winners, followed by a grand dinner.

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