Update: Only a few months in, Salam Air has sacked its CEO, sources say

Update: Only a few months in, Salam Air has sacked its CEO, sources say
Published: 19 July 2017 - 1:05 a.m.
By: Shayan Shakeel
Update: Salam Air has confirmed Boutellier has left. Following is a statement from the company sent to Aviation Business. SalamAir’s Board of Directors has announced that Francois Bouteiller has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Oman’s first budget airline. The Board has appointed one of its members as the interim CEO. The announcement of the new CEO is scheduled to formally take place in the upcoming weeks. Original story follows:

Salam Air has let go of a number of its senior management including CEO Francois Boutellier last month, sources have told Aviation Business.

Based on conversations with a persons close to the matter, the company has also removed commercial director Marco Ostini, as well as its finance director.

Boutellier, who formerly headed Saudi budget carrier FlyNas, was appointed CEO in October 2016. 

After revising its initial launch date from December 2016, Omani low cost carrier Salam Air began operations in January 2017, making waves with its plan to charge as low as AED 125 for flights, including from Muscat to Dubai.

However, many in the regional aviation industry also wondered how the airline would turn a profit. The airline's CEO had also voiced concern about congestion at both Salalah airport in Oman, as well as at Dubai International. Boutellier had said in April at the Arabian Travel Market that customers preferred DXB over the city's other airport at Dubai World Central (DWC), but that there just weren't enough slots to fly on into the former.

Aviation Business has reached out to the airline for comment.


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