Royal Jordanian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The aircraft will play a central role in the Amman-based airline’s strategic plan for fleet modernization, according to Boeing. Royal Jordanian Airlines has acquired the jet through leasing company AerCap.
Royal Jordanian is also acquiring four more new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners by means of lease agreements.
“We are delighted to receive our first 787, which will not only revolutionize the inflight experience for our passengers but also help Royal Jordanian increase its competitiveness both regionally and internationally,” says Nasser Lozi, chairman, president and CEO of Royal Jordanian.
“Our decision to invest in this game-changing airplane reflects our firm belief in its unrivaled capabilities and will allow us to offer passengers an unmatched level of comfort, on both short- and long-haul flights,” adds Lozi.
Carbon-fiber composite materials, which are actually very high-strength plastics, make up 50 per cent of the primary structure of every Boeing 787 by weight, including its entire fuselage and parts of its wing.
With its August 27 delivery, Royal Jordanian becomes only the second airline in the Middle East to operate the Boeing 787. The first Middle East carrier to operate the 787 was Qatar Airways.
To support Royal Jordanian’s Dreamliners, Boeing is providing a comprehensive suite of support and services through its Commercial Aviation Services business.
Royal Jordanian has received 787 flight and maintenance training from Boeing Commercial Aviation Services (BCAS) and will be using Airplane Health Management, a diagnostic and predictive capability that evaluates an aircraft’s operational data while the aircraft is in flight and notifies ground crews of potential maintenance issues.
The airline is also subscribing to a BCAS Rotable Exchange Program for the 787 that provides a dedicated pool of high-value, mission-critical rotable parts and manages the spares inventory at a reduced cost; and Maintenance Performance Toolbox, a digital, real-time-information tool that enables quick resolution of aircraft maintenance issues.
A member of the oneworld alliance, Royal Jordanian currently flies to more than 50 destinations and plans to deploy the Boeing 787 on services to North American destinations as well as to Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
To date, more than 180 Dreamliners have been delivered to 20 customers worldwide.