Royal Jordanian is the first Middle East airline has announced it will buy or lease up to 12 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
The announcement was made at the World Economic Forum in Jordan last month. Royal Jordanian plans to confirm the purchase of its two outstanding options before the end of the year. The airline agreed to buy two aircraft and confirm whether it would purchase two more before the end of the year. It also intends to take an additional eight Boeing 787s on lease.
Royal Jordanian’s president and CEO, Samer A Majali, said that the strategic decision to purchase Boeing’s revolutionary twin-aisle jet positions the airline to achieve its plans for continued growth and increased profitability.
“Looking to our plans for future growth, we see the superior economics and unique passenger comfort features of the 787 bringing even greater recognition to Royal Jordanian as we fulfil our commitment to provide world-class service to our passengers,” he said.
Royal Jordanian was created in 1963. From April 1, it became a member of the Oneworld airline alliance, offering even more extensive connectivity and flight options for passengers travelling globally. Royal Jordanian continues to experience successive annual growth, with passenger loads showing a 20 per cent increase from 2006.
The new aircraft are expected to replace Airbus 340 and 310 that serve passengers travelling to North America and the Far East.
Meanwhile, the carrier has resumed scheduled, non-stop flights to Montreal ten years after the service was stopped for commercial reasons.
Majali said that studies and market researches conducted by the company in the Canadian market showed that there is commercial feasibility in reconnecting Canada and Jordan, thus serving the Arab communities and Jordanian and Arab students living there, helping the active commercial activities and businessmen traveling between the two countries. RJ will be using Airbus A340 to operate two non-stop weekly flights.
RJ will launch another direct route to Hungarian capital Budapest to serve tourists and businessmen. The new station will bring the airline's destinations to 54, spread over four continents.