At the Farnborough International Airshow, Boeing has revealed that Jordan’s nation flag carrier Royal Jordanian has ordered three additional Boeing 787-8s.
Boeing values the order at approximately $500 million at list prices. This order previously was attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.
The aircraft will be powered by General Electric GEnx-1B engines.
Including direct purchases and leases from third-party lessors, Royal Jordanian has now committed to 11 787-8s. The Middle East carrier placed its first orders for four 787s in 2007 and also has arranged to lease two aircraft each from CIT Aerospace and International Lease Finance Corporation.
Royal Jordanian was the first airline in the Middle East to order the 787 Dreamliner. It will place the 787 on its North American routes initially, including its services from Amman to New York, Chicago, Detroit and Toronto. Royal Jordanian has cited the 787’s performance versatility and economics as the main reasons behind its decision to replace its medium- and long-haul twin-aisle fleet solely with the 787.
“The superior economics and range capability of the 787 will allow us to competitively serve North America and other destinations in our network from Amman,” says Hussein Dabbas, president and CEO of Royal Jordanian. “The unique passenger appeal of the 787 will enable us to provide a competitive advantage in the markets we serve.”
Based in Amman, Jordan, Royal Jordanian became a member of the oneworld alliance in 2007.