SalamAir (OV, Muscat) will dry-lease two A321-200neo from GECAS, the lessor said in a press release.

"Our expanding network and growing operations rely on the fuel-efficient neo, and as an airline, we appreciate the environmental performance and appreciably improved carbon footprint the neo afford," Chief Executive Mohammed Ahmed said.

The delivery timeline was not disclosed. The A321neo will complement SalamAir's fleet of smaller Airbus narrowbodies, consisting of three A320-200s and four A320-200neo. The LCC expects deliveries of a further two A320neo by the end of 2019.

In May 2019, Ahmed revealed that SalamAir was looking at adding up to 12 Airbus aircraft, with both A321neo and A220 aircraft under consideration. The carrier is tentatively planning an IPO in 2024 and expects to operate at least 20 aircraft by that time.

SalamAir does not currently lease aircraft from GECAS. The lessor has eighty-six A321neo on firm order from Airbus in addition to fourteen it already took and placed with customers.