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Formed and started operations in 2010. Regional, & international, charter, passenger & cargo jet airplane services. The airline will also provide (ACMI) wet-lease services.
PO Box 142876
Abu Aboud Complex
Amman 11844, Jordan
JORDAN WAS CREATED AS A BUFFER STATE BY BRITAIN AND WEDGED IN AMONG SAUDI ARABIA, IRAQ, SYRIA, AND ISRAEL. MORE THAN HALF OF ITS PEOPLE ARE PALESTINIANS, MANY OF THEM REFUGEES FROM WARS WITH ISRAEL, YET JORDAN MADE PEACE WITH THE JEWISH STATE IN 1994. ONLY SKILLED STATECRAFT BY THE LATE KING HUSSEIN AND HIS SON KING ABDULLAH III, HAS KEPT THIS CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY ON COURSE. MEAGER RESOURCES AND RELIANCE ON REGIONAL TRADE AND INTERNATIONAL AID, MAKE JORDAN'S BALANCING ACT, DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN.
JORDAN WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1918, COVERS AN AREA OF 97,740 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 5.5 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS AMMAN, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ARABIC.
October 2010: Petra Airlines (PET) was awarded its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) on October 7th and took delivery of its 1st A320-212 (0459, JY-PTA) airplane from Gulf Air (GUL) at Amman Civil Airport the same day.
Riad Khashman, Chairman & (CEO) of the (RUM) Group and Petra Airlines (PET) commented that the delivery constituted the beginning of (PET)'s operations, which fulfilled the requirements of the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (CARC) as a commercial air carrier. He also stated that (PET) entered into maintenance agreements with Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Limited (JorAmCo) and Airbus International (EDS) for logistical and technical support for its 2 A320s.
Petra Airlines (PET) has a 5-year contract to provide component power-by-the-hour and Engineering Services support with Sabena Technics (SAB), Belgium.
December 2010: Petra Airlines (PET) has been created by the Rum Group for Transportation & Tourism Investment (RUM), a privately owned Jordanian concern with interests across the local travel, tourism and transport sectors, to operate passenger charters supporting inbound tourism to Jordan with 2 A320s (459, JY-PTA; 537, JY-PTB), ex-Gulf Air (GUL). (PET) will also provide (ACMI) wet-leasing services.
Parent organization/shareholders: The RUM Group (RUM) (100%).
(ICAO) Code: ADJ - (Callsign - OJAM).
Main Base: Marka International airport, Amman, Jordan.
The European Union (EU) and Jordan signed a comprehensive air services agreement (ASA) establishing a “Euro Mediterranean Aviation Area” also known as a Common Aviation Area (CAA). The (ASA) was expected and follows a similar accord signed earlier this month with Georgia.
In line with the (CAA) principles, there will be full liberalization of respective market access and all (EU) airlines will be able to operate direct flights to Jordan from anywhere in the (EU) and vice-versa for Jordanian carriers without restrictions on fares, routes and numbers of flights. “The cross-investments between Jordan and Europe will be encouraged, allowing any (EU) carriers to set up a subsidiary in Jordan and vice-versa,” the European Commission (EC) noted in a statement.
Jordan will also harmonize its legislation with European standards and implement (EU) aviation rules in areas such as safety, security, environment, consumer protection, air traffic management, economic regulation, competition issues and social aspects. “Today's agreement will boost trade and tourism in Jordan and the (EU). It will allow Jordan to become a full partner of the (EU) in aviation and pave the way towards a wider Euro Mediterranean Aviation Area. This is a very important step in our strategy of closer integration between the (EU) and its Mediterranean partners,” (EC) VP Transport Siim Kallas said.
The (EU) is aiming to broaden the Euro Mediterranean Aviation Area with the addition of other partners. A similar agreement was concluded with Morocco in 2006 and negotiations are ongoing with Israel, Tunisia, and Lebanon.
May 2013: Petra Airlines (PET) has signed a contract with Air France Industries (AFI) (KLM) Engineering & Maintenance covering component support for 2 A320s now and a 3rd airplane by year end. The agreement includes flat-rate repair services and flight-hour pool access.
March 2014: Petra Airlines (PET), which in the past has predominantly worked in the charter sector, has launched 2x-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) scheduled flights between its main base at Amman (AMM) in Jordan and Sharm El Sheikh (SSH) in Egypt. Starting on March 17th, the A320-operated, 468 km sector will be flown in direct competition against Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA) (4x-weekly), and will join (PET)’s existing flights to Saudi Arabia (Dammam, Jeddah, Hofuf, and Madinah) and Iraq (Erbil).
January 2015: United Arab Emirates (UAE) low-cost carrier (LCC) Air Arabia (ABZ) has taken a 49% stake in Jordanian carrier Petra Airlines (PET) and plans to open a new hub at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport. Sharjah-based Air Arabia (ABZ) has been seeking to start operations in Jordan for some time.
Air Arabia (ABZ) (CEO) Adel Ali said that progress on this front was likely to be delayed until the region’s geopolitical situation improved; both neighboring Syria and Iraq are beset with civil wars.
(ABZ) already has foreign hubs in Alexandria, Egypt, and Casablanca, Morocco. Last year, it also became the designated carrier for the neighboring (UAE) emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
It has steadily expanded its reach, with an increasing number of services between the Middle East and Russian destinations.
The deal with Petra Airlines (PET), a small carrier that moved from charter to scheduled services in 2012, will see Petra’s current owner, Jordanian travel and transport company, the (RUM) Group, retain a 51% stake.
The new partnership will likely lead to the creation of Air Arabia Jordan (PET) and is designed to increase the parent company’s presence in the Levant region. It is not clear whether the Petra Airlines name will be retained.
2 Airbus A320 airplanes will initially be based at Amman. Again, it is not known at present whether these will be Petra Airline (PET)’s current airplanes in a re-branded format, or whether Air Arabia (ABZ) will move some of its extensive fleet to the Jordanian capital. The Amman-based fleet will grow as business requires and launch routes will be announced in the coming weeks.
May 2015: Air Arabia Jordan (PET) launched services on May 18th from its new hub in Amman (AMM) to Kuwait City (KWI)
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The 1,180 km sector will be flown 4x-weekly, using (PET)’s A320s. Jazeera Airways (JZI) (8x-weekly), Kuwait Airways (KUW) (10x-weekly) and Royal Jordanian (RJA) (2x-daily) already provide strong competition on the route. Commenting on the route launch, Air Arabia Jordan (PET)’s Chairman, Riad Khashman, said: “(PET) will play an important role in supporting the ongoing economic growth and tourism development of Jordan.” Further routes from Amman to Jeddah, Erbil, and Sharm El Sheikh will launch on May 19, 20 and 21, respectively, all facing direct competition.
A320-214 (3925, JY-PTD), ex-(A6-ABR), Air Arabia (ABZ) leased.
September 2015: Air Arabia Jordan (PET) commenced 2x-weekly services between its Amman (AMM) base and Dammam (DMM) on September 2nd. The 1,460 km sector becomes (PET) the low cost carrier (LCC)’s 5th route from its latest hub, and the second in Saudi Arabia, adding to its existing flights to Jeddah. (PET) also flies to Erbil, Kuwait City, and Sharm El Sheikh. The A320-operated service will face direct competition from Royal Jordanian (RJA), which offers a 10x-weekly service on the city pair.