Release Date: 20 December 2006
Release ID: 1056
Royal Jordanian (today) announced that it has selected the wide-body Boeing 787 Dreamliner as the replacement aircraft for its long range Airbus A340s, starting in 2010.
President/CEO Samer Majali said that the company is currently negotiating with Boeing and several leasing companies to introduce 4 to 5 B787 aircraft as a first step. The airline may consider increasing this requirement in light of the evaluation study to replace the Airbus A310s, slated to be phased out starting 2011.
It is worth to note that the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is an all new, technologically advanced highly fuel efficient aircraft capable of carrying a maximum of 250 passengers in a two-class configuration, up to 8500 nautical miles (16.300 km). The B787 uses composite material for the primary structure, which combined with new advanced technology engines and systems will result in lower fuel consumption than comparable aircraft. Inside the B787 Dreamliner, passengers will find larger windows and more stowage space, and experience cleaner air and an optimized humidity level. Scheduled to enter service in 2008, Boeing has received orders for 455 aircraft from 35 customers.
Majali pointed out that the company took a decision also to renew and expand its narrow-body fleet of the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. It is planning to replace its two older Airbus A321s with two new A321 aircraft, in addition to introducing two new Airbus A319s in early 2008.
RJ's decision to modernize its long-haul fleet comes after it concluded the first phase of the medium-haul fleet modernization program. The airline received during 2006, six new Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft and the first of seven Embraer 195s. The other six regional jets (E195s) will join the RJ fleet over the next 18 months.
Royal Jordanian, which is expected to officially join the oneworld airline alliance early in 2007, serves a route network of 52 destinations on four continents. Five of its long-haul destinations are served non-stop from Amman, from Bangkok in the Far East, to New York, Chicago and Detroit in the USA. RJ will also start operating to Montreal in Canada non-stop from June 2007.
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