Royal Jordanian Expands Fleet with New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners
Amman, Jordan – In a strategic move to modernize and expand its widebody fleet, Royal Jordanian, the flag carrier of Jordan, has announced an order for four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jets. This order, announced at the Dubai Airshow, adds to a previous order for two 787-9s, bringing the airline's total 787-9 backlog to six aircraft.
Elevating Long-Haul Travel
Samer Majali, Vice Chairman and CEO of Royal Jordanian, emphasized that the decision to incorporate additional 787-9 Dreamliners is a testament to the airline's dedication to providing an unparalleled travel experience. This move aligns with Royal Jordanian's broader strategy of fleet modernization, focusing on fuel efficiency, sustainability, and passenger comfort. The Dreamliner's cutting-edge technology is expected to play a pivotal role in elevating the airline's operational capabilities.
Expanding Global Reach
The addition of the 787-9 Dreamliners builds on Royal Jordanian's existing fleet of seven 787-8 airplanes. The 787-9 model, capable of flying 296 passengers up to 14,010 km (7,565 nautical miles), will enable the airline to transport more passengers and cargo farther, enhancing its ability to connect Amman with major global destinations. Majali highlighted that the airline's current fleet of 787-8 Dreamliners has successfully connected Amman to key global cities, and the new order underscores Royal Jordanian's forward-looking approach and commitment to meeting the growing demand for long-haul travel.
A Testament to a Longstanding Partnership
Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, remarked that this order for additional 787s reflects Royal Jordanian's longstanding commitment to the market-leading capabilities of the Dreamliner. He expressed confidence that Royal Jordanian would profitably expand its network and operate a more sustainable fleet with these new fuel-efficient jets.
Enhancing In-Flight Connectivity
Boeing Global Services will provide modification services for Royal Jordanian's in-service 787s to enhance in-flight connectivity for passengers and crew. This agreement includes Boeing performing the engineering work and supplying kits for the modifications, further improving the passenger experience on existing aircraft.
Meeting Regional Demand
Boeing's 2023 Commercial Market Outlook (CMO) highlights a growing need for widebody airplanes in the Middle East, driven by increasing passenger demand. The CMO projects the delivery of 3,025 new commercial airplanes in the region by 2042, with nearly half being widebodies, indicating a significant market opportunity for airlines like Royal Jordanian.
With this latest expansion of its fleet, Royal Jordanian is set to strengthen its position as a leading carrier in the Middle East. The addition of the 787-9 Dreamliners will not only enhance the airline's operational efficiency but also offer passengers a more comfortable and sustainable travel experience. As Royal Jordanian continues to modernize its fleet, it remains committed to connecting Jordan with the world, fostering economic growth, and enhancing its service offerings on the global stage.