Sixth Boeing 787 joins the Royal Jordanian fleet
A new Boeing 787 joined the RJ fleet on November 17. It landed at Queen Alia International Airport straight from Boeing manufactures in Seattle and is the sixth 787 (Dreamliner) to become part of the airline fleet.
RJ president/CEO Captain Suleiman Obeidat, who received the aircraft upon its arrival, expressed satisfaction with the addition of this new 787 to the currently operating five aircraft of the same type, which RJ introduced at the end of 2014 as part of the plan to modernize its long-haul fleet.
He said that this aircraft along with the seventh aircraft which will be joining the fleet at the beginning of 2017 are on capital lease, while the first five are operationally leased.
The Dreamliners replace the Airbus 340s and 330s the company previously had; five aircraft of these two last models were phased out two years ago and two A330s will retire soon.
Captain Obeidat said the 787s paved the way for RJ to step into a significant new era, a step that pushes the national carrier of Jordan forward in terms of inflight services and route network, enhancing its regional and international competitiveness.
He added that all new 787s, together with the operating A320 family and Embraer jets, help RJ meet its operational needs and leverage passengers’ experience.