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FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1963. NATIONAL AIRLINE. INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO BOX 302
AMMAN 11118, 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.
JANUARY 1963: BY ROYAL DECREE, KING HUSSEIN ESTABLISHED ROYAL JORDANIAN AS THE NATIONAL AIR CARRIER OF THE MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRY, FLYING UNDER THE NAME "ALIA." THE AIM WAS TO CREATE BETTER LINKS WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD AND HELP THE LOCAL ECONOMY DEVELOP. KING HUSSEIN, HIMSELF AN ENTHUSIASTIC JET AIRPLANE PILOT ANNOUNCED "I WANT OUR NATIONAL CARRIER TO BE THE AMBASSADOR OF GOODWILL AROUND THE WORLD AND THE BRIDGE ACROSS WHICH WE EXCHANGE CULTURE, CIVILIZATION, TRADE, TECHNOLOGY, FRIENDSHIP AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD."
JANUARY 1993: 1992 = -$16.5 MILLION (-$56.7 MILLION) (NET LOSS): +45.5% (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC, +38% PASSENGERS (PAX), +6.9% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
MAIN BASE: AMMAN (QUEEN ALIA INTERNATIONAL) AIRPORT (AMM).
PROVIDES TECHNICAL SUPPORT ON A310-300, FOR ALYEMDA (ALY), & A310/A320 FOR SUDAN AIRWAYS (SUD).
JANUARY 1994: 1993 = +$2.3 MILLION (NET PROFIT): +4.2% (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC, +3.2% PASSENGERS (PAX), +3.5% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
JULY 1994: 1ST 6 MONTHS 1994 = +9.3% (RPK) TRAFFIC, +5.8% PASSENGERS (PAX), -0.6% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
SEPT 1995: BOUGHT 2 707-300'S FROM AIR CHINA (BEJ) FOR CONVERSION TO FREIGHTERS.
DECEMBER 1995: 1 707-320C (JT3D-3B) TO AHMED AIR.
JANUARY 1996: 1995 = +5.6% (RPK) TRAFFIC, +4.8% PASSENGERS (PAX), +11% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
MARCH 1996: KING HUSSEIN VISITS BOEING, EVERETT, & FLIES 777.
1 A320-200 (CFM56-5A1) DELIVERY.
JUNE 1996: JEHAD FAQIR DIRECTOR SERVICE ENGINEERING; & GABI HADDAD DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL.
1 L-1011-500 (1196), EX-(LTU), (IAL) LEASED.
OCTOBER 1996: CODE SHARE WITH (TWA) TO USA, VIA NETHERLANDS.
NOVEMBER 1996: TO MUMBAI (A310, 12F, 170Y).
APRIL 1997: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1996 = +8.3% (RPK) TRAFFIC, +11.8% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC, 1.3 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+2.5%).
MAY 1997: CODE SHARE WITH (TWA), VIA NEW YORK KENNEDY (JFK), TO ST LOUIS, DETROIT, WASHINGTON DULLES, MIAMI (MIA), CHICAGO (ORD), SAN FRANCISCO (SFO), AND LOS ANGELES (LAX).
JULY 1997: 5,024 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 815 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 1,097 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
TO KUWAIT (A320) AND TUNIS & CASABLANCA (A310).
OCTOBER 1997: 5,438 EMPLOYEES.
FEBRUARY 1998: EXPANDS (TWA) CODE SHARE FROM AQABA, BAHRAIN, DOHA, KARACHI, DELHI & CALCUTTA, + NEW YORK (JFK) TO NEW ORLEANS, AND CLEVELAND.
APRIL 1998: TO TEHRAN (A310).
5,024 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 815 FLIGHT CREW (FC) AND 1,097 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JUNE 1998: CODE SHARE WITH AIR CANADA (ACN), VIA LONDON HEATHROW, TO MONTREAL.
SELLS 5 L-1011'S TO AMERICAN TRANS AIR (AAT). 2 ORDERS A310'S & 1 A320 (SEPTEMBER 1998), AIRBUS (EDS) LEASED.
JULY 1998: CODE SHARE WITH AEROFLOT RUSSIAN AIRLINES (ARO), ON (RJA) OPERATIONS, AMMAN TO MOSCOW SHEREMYTEVO.
SEPTEMBER 1998: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = -$44 MILLION (-$48.76 MILLION).
OCTOBER 1998: 1 A310-304 (CF6-80C2) (598), (ILF) 3 YEAR LEASED, EX-(SAETA) (SAE). 1 A310-300, KUWAIT AIRWAYS (KUW) 2 YEAR LEASED.
APRIL 1999: 5,024 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 815 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 1,097 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
(http://www.rja.com.jo). (firstname.lastname@example.org). SITA: AMMDDRJ.
MAY 1999: ADDS 3RD NORTH AFRICAN DESTINATION, WITH TRIPOLI, LIBYA.
2 A310-203'S (295; 306) RETURNED FROM AIR ALGERIE (ALG).
JULY 1999: 1 A320 (CFM56-5A3) (407), EX-AIR PORTUGAL (TAP), IBIS LEASED. 1 A320-211 (289, F-OHGB), EX-OMAN AIR (OMR), (GATX) LEASED. L-1011-385-3 (1217) TO AMERICAN TRANSAIR (AAT). 1 737-2R4C (23129, 70-ACQ), YEMENIA (YEM) WET-LEASED.
AUGUST 1999: A310-300 (CF6-80C2) (661), EX-LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO (LAB), (ILF) 3 YEAR LEASED.
NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 = +$7.02 MILLION (+$67.07 MILLION). 1ST 9 MONTHS = 953 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX), +1.9% (RPK) TRAFFIC.
1 A310-308 (573, JY-AGK), GATX (GAX) LEASED.
DECEMBER 1999: CODE SHARE WITH (TWA), NEW YORK (JFK) TO AMMAN TO MUMBAI, NEW DELHI AND CALCUTTA.
JANUARY 2000: GOVERNMENT PLANS TO SELL 49% OF ROYAL JORDANIAN (RJA) TO FOREIGN INVESTORS, INCLUDING SALE OF ITS 5 NON-CORE BUSINESSES: ENGINEERING, CATERING, DUTY FREE, TRAINING, AND ENGINE SHOP ACTIVITIES. THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER IS EXPECTED TO PUT IN A MANAGEMENT TEAM FOR THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS.
MARCH 2000: $7.8 MILLION, 3-YEAR CONTRACT WITH (SITA) FOR FULLY MANAGED, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) INFRASTRUCTURE TO STANDARDIZE ITS DESKTOP, (IT) SERVICES ACROSS ITS NETWORK IN LINE WITH E-COMMERCE PLANS (151 SITES IN 45 COUNTRIES).
APRIL 2000: 5,024 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 224 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 502 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), AND 1,036 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JULY 2000: 1999 = 4.2 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+3.2%); 198.62 MILLION (FTK) (-12.7%); 1.25 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+5.5%); 5,000 EMPLOYEES (+.1%).
DECEMBER 2000: BASHIR ABDEL HADI GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING REPLACES SAMI AREKAT, WHO RETIRED. HAMOUD AMAR DIRECTOR TECHNICAL SERVICES REPLACES JEHAD FAQIR, WHO LEFT TO JOIN (IATA).
A310-203 (295) RETURNED TO LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES (LAA).
JANUARY 2000: 2 A300B4-622R'S (601, JY-GAX; 616, JY-GAZ), EX-EGYPTAIR (EGP), LEASED TO LIBYAN ARAB AIRLINES (LAA).
APRIL 2001: 5,024 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 224 (FC), 502 (CA), & 1,036 (MT)).
JULY 2001: ROYAL JORDANIAN AIRLINES (RJA) ENGINE OVERHAUL SHOP BECOMES JORDAN AIRMOTIVE COMPANY LTD (JALCO), A PRIVATE COMPANY, LOCATED IN THE FREE ZONE AREA OF QUEEN ALIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
JANUARY 2002: TO PHASE OUT A310 FLEET EXCEPT FOR 2 WHICH WILL BE CONVERTED TO FREIGHTERS AND REPLACE 707F'S.
FEBRUARY 2002: 1 A310-300 (416), EX-KENYA AIRWAYS (KEN), (GECAS) (GEF) 27 MONTH LEASED.
APRIL 2002: 5,000 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 224 (FC); 502 (CA); & 1,036 (MT)).
OWNER: JORDANIAN GOVERNMENT (100%).
1 A300B4-203F (CF6-50C2) (129, /81 SU-BMZ), TRISTAR (TZZ) WET-LEASED.
MAY 2002: PLANS TO CUT JOBS BY -15%.
July 2002: (http://www.rja.com.jo).
2 A340-211's, (038, JY-AIA; 043, JY-AIB) leased for operations to North America and Asia.
September 2002: A310-304 (598), returned to Airbus.
November 2002: 707-366C (20762) "D" check for Air Memphis (MEP).
December 2002: Projects 2002 = +$1.1 Million (-$17.4 Million): 66.8% LF.
January 2003: In 4/03, Amman to Detroit (weekly). Shannon to Detroit to Chicago. In 5/03, Amman to Chicago (2x-weekly).
March 2003: A310-304F (445, F-ODVF) converted to freighter.
April 2003: 3,088 employees (including 219 FC, 479 CA, & 330 MT).
May 2003: A340-211 (022, F-OHLQ), Airbus (AFIS) leased.
June 2003: Introduces a converted A310F on all-cargo service to New York (JFK). A340-211 (014, F-OHLP), (AFIS) leased.
July 2003: 5,000 employees. SITA: AMMSMRJ.
2002 = +$991,000 (-$17.08): 4.21 Billion RPK (+7.5%); 66.3% LF; 1.34 Million PAX (+10.5%); 204.56 Million FTK (+7%).
October 2003: Amman to Frankfurt-Hahn (A310-300F, weekly). In 1/04, from Frankfurt-Hahn to additional destinations in Asia and the Middle East.
January 2004: Charter subsidiary, Royal Wings to operate Amman to Baghdad (Dash 8, 40Y, 4x-weekly), on-demand 2-hour round trip flights. Service was suspended last 11/03, after a (DHL) airplane was hit by a surface-to-air missile. Land transport between the cities takes about 14 hours.
April 2004: Code share with Aeroflot (ARO), Amman to Moscow (SVO).
May 2004: 5/5 orders (9/05) 737NG's, lease/purchase to replace 5
June 2004: Royal Wings, (IACO) Code: AWS, charter subsidiary, Amman to Halab (Aleppo) (2x-weekly).
July 2004: A321-211 (761, F-GTAF), (GAX) leased.
September 2004: Code share with America West Airlines (AMW).
December 2004: 5,000 employees.
May 2005: In 6/05, code share with Austrian Airlines (AUL), Vienna to Amman.
2004 = +$21.7 Million (-$13.7 Million): 5.36 Billion RPK (+19.1%) (passenger traffic); +13.7% ASK (capacity); 71.1% (+3.2) (load factor).
June 2005: 3,326 employees.
A321-211 (675, F-OHGU), ex-Air Canada (ACN), (GATX) (GAX) leased.
July 2005: In 10/05, Amman to Milan (2x-weekly direct).
Code share agreement with Thai International (TII) for (TII) service to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing for Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA) services to Amman.
September 2005: Royal Jordanian (RJA) said its earnings for the 1st half of 2005 totaled JOD5.7 million/$8.2 million. Income for the year-ago period was not provided but (RJA) said current-period results represented a big increase compared to 2004. Revenue for the January to June period rose +15% to JOD187 million. (RJA) carried 800,000 passengers, a +4% increase. For the full year, it expects earnings to match 2004 results of around JOD17 million. Fuel costs are expected to total $128 million this year, up from $96.5 million in 2004. For 2006, fuel expense has been estimated at $150 million.
Thales (THL) said Royal Jordanian (RJA) chose its TopSeries digital In-flight Entertainment (IFE) for its A320s and A321s. (RJA)'s 1st revenue flights with the new system are scheduled for November.
October 2005: Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA) announced that it had accepted Oneworld (ONW)'s formal invitation to join the (ONW) alliance. "We are the 1st alliance to invite a carrier from the entire Levant, Middle East and Gulf region on board," Iberia Airlines (IBE) and Oneworld (ONW) Governing Board Chairman Fernando Conte said in Amman, adding it is the 1st airline to join "our very select group" in >5 years.
Conte said the (ONW) alliance looked at several carriers in the region and that (RJA) was a natural choice. "There has to be a win-win," he said. "We believe Oneworld (ONW) will add considerable value not just to (RJA) but also to Amman as an aviation hub in the region. Likewise, we think (RJA) will add considerable value to (ONW)." Or as another (ONW) alliance member said more directly: "We're not interested in a member that thinks only about expanding its own network and brand."
(RJA) President & (CEO) Samer Majali said (RJA) satisfied (ONW)'s key pre-joining audits but recognized "that some serious hard work had to be done" before it would be able to offer its customers all of the alliance's benefits. "We aim to complete this task at around the turn of 2006 to 2007," he said.
He could not quantify the additional revenue expected from joining (ONW) or how much it will cost. "A lot of the investments are part of our 'updated' strategic plan that involves major investment in a strong regional network," he noted.
The world's largest non-aligned airline is independent no more. Japan Airlines (JAL) said it will apply to join (ONW), a decision that was "warmly welcomed" by (ONW). In terms of revenues, the (JAL) Group is the No 3 airline company in the world, trailing the Lufthansa (DLH) Group and Air France (AFA) - (KLM) Group.
The link is not unexpected, given the close association between (JAL) and (ONW) anchors American Airlines (AAL) and British Airways (BAB), as well as with Qantas (QAN) and Cathay Pacific (CAT), also members of the (ONW) partnership.
"Becoming a member of (ONW), while maintaining our bilateral agreements, would provide our customers with even greater convenience, comfort and value through a more extensive global network, integration of e-ticketing, the linkage of frequent-flier mileage programs, the mutual use of each other's services such as lounges and by the creation of seamless travel," (JAL) Group (CEO) Toshiyuki Shinmachi said. (JAL) will bring a lineup of 206 airports in 34 countries to the (ONW) network, which covers 600 cities in 135 countries. It will expand (ONW)'s existing network by +10%, adding +68 unique destinations including +56 in Japan, +5 in China and Guam.
(AAL) will be supporting (JAL) through the membership application process as its prime (ONW) sponsor, assisted by Cathay Pacific (CAT). "We are very pleased that (JAL) has recognized the value that membership of (ONW) offers and look forward to working with [it] to complete the agreements, procedures and processes that are necessary before we can issue a formal invitation to join," (ONW) Managing Partner John McCulloch stated.
Last week (ONW) announced its 1st member from the Middle East, Royal Jordanian (RJA). (RJA) will stop operating to India if it has to continue paying royalties to the Indian government, said President & (CEO) Samer Majali in Amman. "The board of directors decided recently that if India does not cancel the royalty scheme, we will be shutting down our operation in early 2006," he said. "We feel that we carry the full burden of operating flights between Jordan and India. Not only do we incur losses on our Indian operations as a result of these royalties, but we pay Indian airlines for their privilege of not operating to Jordan. We think it has been enough." (RJA) has paid a fixed royalty per passenger per sector to the Indian government since it started serving the country about 20 years ago. It operates 7x-weekly to 3 Indian cities: Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta using A310s. (RJA) is not an exception; other airlines operating unilaterally to India are, or were, subject to royalty payments. But Majali noted, "Jordan is a small country. Our negotiating power with India is very limited. They imposed a hefty royalty on us, currently the highest royalty that exists in India. It amounts to several million dollars every year." New carriers into India do not have to pay the royalties and bilateral operations are excluded. Ending flights to India and then restarting as a "new" carrier is an option, Majali admitted, "but it is disruptive to customers. In the coming weeks we'll try to plead our case to the Indian government. If it falls on deaf ears we stop the flights." In spite of the fees and the high cost of fuel, he expects (RJA) to post a profit for fiscal year (FY) 2005, "although not on the same level of last year." (RJA) will announce in the coming weeks its choice of regional airplanes. It is in advanced negotiations with Bombardier, Airbus and Embraer for an order for up to 15.
In August 2004 (RJA) embarked on a major fleet modernization by replacing its current A320 and A310 airplanes with new A320s and A321s that will be joining the fleet from next month on.
Bombardier (BMB) revealed in Gothenburg that (RJA) will introduce at month's end its 1st previously owned Dash 8-Q400 turboprop, the 1st to be operated in the Middle East. The Dash 8, which will be used to launch the new Royal Jordanian xpress brand, will be joined shortly by a 2nd in December. Royal Jordanian xpress will take the place of the former regional brand Royal Wings to denote an upgraded service. The carrier will operate the airplanes leased from (BMB), on regional routes that include Damascus, Aleppo, Tel Aviv, Aqaba, Sharm El Sheikh and Al Arish.
November 2005: Royal Jordanian (RJA) started 2x-daily service between Aqaba and Amman.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) selected (IAE) (V2500)s to power 4 A320s and 2 A321s that began delivering this month.
A320-232 (2598, JY-AYD) delivery.
December 2005: Royal Jordanian (RJA) said it expects 2005 and 2006 net earnings "similar" to the +JOD17.5 million/+$24.6 million achieved last year. Revenues for 2005 are expected to be JOD389 million, increasing +20.6% to JOD469 million in 2006. Expenses are expected to climb +20.7% from JOD 377 million this year to JOD455 million.
(SAS) Component said Royal Jordanian (RJA) signed a "Free2Fly" material supply contract covering its 2 Dash 8-Q400s.
(RJA) Express added its 2nd leased 72-seat Dash 8 Q402 (4044, JY-ASN).
January 2006: A320-232 (2649, F-OHGV), (ALAFCO) (AVF) leased, delivery.
February 2006: A320-214 (2692, JY-AYF "Aqaba"), Boullioun (BOU) leased.
March 2006: Royal Jordanian (RJA) tapped VP-Network Planning & Alliances Geoffrey Weston for the newly created position of VP Cargo.
6 Arab carriers signed an agreement in late January to form Arabesk Group, a consortium "designed to help members realize better commercial potential," according to Arab Air Carriers Organization Secretary General Abdul Wahab Teffaha. Initial members are EgyptAir (EGP), Gulf Air (GUL), Middle East Airlines (MEA), (RJA), Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) and Yemenia Yemen Airways (YEM). The group said Tunisair (TUN) likely will join soon. Formation of the entity was discussed last summer. "The cooperation is already yielding benefits for the individual carriers and is demonstrating that this is a good path for the future, as well as providing value-added service to travelers through better market coverage," Teffaha said. The airlines will cooperate on scheduling, operate code share flights and have special prorate agreements during the summer schedule period. Sabre Airlines Solutions consulted on the formation of Arabesk.
(RJA) will transfer its Paris operations from Orly to Charles de Gaulle on March 26, allowing it to join its future Oneworld (ONW) partners in Terminal 1 when it becomes a full member of the alliance later this year. (RJA) operates 5x-weekly flights to Paris aboard A320s.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) reported a 2005 profit of +JOD21.7 million/+$30.6 million before deducting a share to be distributed to employees, up +25% from net earnings of +JOD17.2 million in 2004. (RJA) said last year's profit was +33% above forecast. Revenues rose +12% from JOD345 million in 2004 to JOD387 million while expenses increased +11% to JOD352 million.
President & (CEO) Samer Majali noted this was the 2nd consecutive year that (RJA) posted a positive net result, despite the "complex challenges" it faced including a "steep increase in fuel prices during last year, sharp competition in the air transport industry and the general instability in the Middle East." He attributed revenue and profit growth to improved service, fleet modernization and controlled costs.
(RJA) carried 1.82 million passengers in 2005, up +4.9% on 2004. Load factor remained stable at 70% LF and airplane departures increased +8.5% to 20,777.
Earlier this year, the Jordanian government confirmed it intends to move ahead with the company's privatization process and sell part of its shareholding before year end.
(RJA) signed a 3-year, $3.2 million agreement with (SITA) for a "complete solution for its Information Technology (IT) business," enabling inter-operability with its future (ONW) partners. Approximately 600 (RJA) employees will require on-the-job training to operate the new applications. (RJA) also signed an agreement with Hitit Computer Services to use its Crane frequent-flier solution starting in June.
(RJA) announced an order for 7/8 Embraer E195s (CF34-10) with deliveries starting later this year. The airplanes will have a 100-seat, 2-class configuration. It is purchasing 4, while 3 will be on operating leases from (GE) Commercial Aviation Services (GEF). (RJA) said its choice fits its strategy to develop Amman as a regional hub and its impending entry into the Oneworld (ONW) alliance. (GE) valued engines for the 4 airplanes ordered directly from Embraer at $40 million. (RJA) said it considered putting In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) in the airplanes owing to the high service requirements of its customers, but decided to forego the added cost and weight because of the shorter sector lengths planned. The E195s will be deployed on routes to the Middle East and Africa and into nearby Europe. (RJA) will be the 1st carrier in the region to operate the E195 on international routes.
April 2006: Royal Jordanian (RJA) will increase service to the USA from Amman starting next month. It will launch 2x-weekly service to Detroit, while flights to New York (JFK) rise to 5x-weekly from 4x-, and service to Chicago O'Hare goes to 6x-weekly from 3x-. All flights are aboard A340s.
(RJA) is moving from Terminal 3 to Terminal 4 at New York (JFK). It begins service from the airport's only privately operated terminal on May 1.
(RJA) took delivery of its 4th new (V2500)-powered A321 as part of an order for 6 A320s/A321s to replace aging A310s and A320s. A321-231 (2730, JY-AYG), (ILF) leased.
May 2006: (IATA), Royal Jordanian (RJA) and the Jordanian (CAA) announced a Memo of Understanding (MOU) to introduce common-use self-service check-in by year end and industry-standard barcoded boarding passes during the 1st quarter of 2007 at Amman's Queen Alia International Airport. Under the agreement, (RJA) will act as a project developer and operator, (IATA) will provide advisory support, and (JCAA) will serve as a facilitator and regulator.
1 A320-200, Aviation Capital Group (CGP) leased.
June 2006: Royal Jordanian (RJA) licensed the (PROS) Airline Solutions Suite, which includes the (PROS) 6 Revenue Management System, the (PROS) Group System and the (PROS) Network Revenue Planning System.
(RJA) intends to make a decision before year end on the replacement of its long-haul fleet, President & (CEO) Samer Majali said during the (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Paris. He said the initial version of the A350 "could have worked for us" but that deciding between the 787 and A350 has become problematic as "it is difficult to base an analysis on an airplane that is not yet defined." The longhaul fleet renewal should start in 2010 and comprise 8 to 10 airplanes. (RJA) currently deploys 3 A310s and 4 A340s on its long-haul network. It will upgrade the A310s with new business class seats and individual In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) units and "refresh" its A340s, which also will add personal (IFE). It is in the process of negotiating with Airbus an extension of the leases on 2 A340s by 3 years, until 2010. The leases on its other 2 A340s expire in 2009.
(RJA) also is in the midst of renewal of its single-aisle fleet. It has taken delivery of 4 new A320s, with a 5th due to arrive in Amman this month, and a 6th in November. It finalized an order for 7 E195s in March with deliveries starting in October.
(RJA) launched 2x-weekly, Amman to Sulaymaniah, Iraq services aboard a 70-seat Dash 8-Q400.
A321-231 (2793, JY-AYH), (ILF) leased.
July 2006: The Embraer E195 received certification from the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil, paving the way for delivery of the 1st airplane to launch customer FlyBE (BEE) later this summer. Certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency is expected to follow shortly. The E195, which can be configured for 108 - 118 seats, is the largest member of Embraer's E170/E190 family. In addition to FlyBE (BEE)'s order for 14, Royal Jordanian (RJA) and Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) have placed firm orders.
August 2006: The Jordanian government sold an 80% stake in Royal Jordanian (RJA)'s former training and simulation division to Oriental Investment Group for Tourism and Development. According to the Arab Air Carriers Organization, the deal is worth approximately +$14.8 million. Jordan Airline Training and Simulation (JATS) is 1 of several non-core businesses separated from the flag carrier, and sold under the government's privatization. As with previous privatizations, the remaining 20% will be retained by (RJA). (JATS) was separated from the airline in April 2000, but is among the last of the external divisions to be sold. The government previously privatized (RJA)'s catering operation, flight academy and Maintenance division.
September 2006: Royal Jordanian (RJA) transported 223,000 passengers in August, up +15% over the year-ago month and the highest total for any 1 month in its history. Its fleet of 24 airplanes averaged 67 flights per day. President & (CEO) Samer Majali said (RJA) will achieve "satisfying" full-year results despite rising fuel prices.
(RJA) will transfer its Moscow operations from Sheremetyevo to Domodedovo (DME). (RJA) operates 2x-weekly flights from Amman aboard A321s and plans to add a 3x-weekly frequency. (RJA) started 2x-weekly Amman to Moscow Domodedovo service using 2-class A320s. It is the 19th international carrier operating regular flights to (DME).
The Jordanian government is pushing ahead with the privatization of (RJA), but said that it will retain a 26% stake in (RJA) in order to "guarantee its right for veto," according to the Arab Air Carriers Organization. The remainder of (RJA) will be sold with no >49% available to foreign investors. The rest will be sold in a public offering (IPO) to Jordanian citizens.
(RJA) will move its Bangkok operations and airport services from Don Muang to Suvarnabhumi. (RJA) operates 5x-weekly nonstop flights to the Thai capital using A340s.
October 2006: Royal Jordanian (RJA) will add a 2nd weekly cargo service from Amman to London from the end of the month. The current service operates into London Heathrow Airport and the new weekly flight will operate into Stansted Airport on Wednesdays using an A310F Freighter.
November 2006: Royal Jordanian (RJA) transported 145,000 passengers in October, a +19% increase over the year-ago month. It operated 2,077 flights during the month compared to 1,570 in October 2005.
As the Jordanian flag carrier, Royal Jordanian Airways (RJA) operates scheduled international services to 50 destinations spread over 4 continents.
Employees = 3,337.
(IATA) Code: RJ - 512. (ICAO) Code: RJA (Callsign - JORDANIAN).
Parent organization/shareholders: Government of Jordan (100%).
Owns: Royal Wings Airlines (99%) - (ICAO) Code: AWS (Callsign - ROYAL WINGS).
Alliances: Aeroflot Russian Airlines (ARO); Air Canada (ACN); Austrian Airlines (AUL); Cyprus Airways (CYP); Gulf Air (GUL); Iberia Airlines (IBE); Syrian Air (SYR); Thai Airways (TII); & US Airways (AMW)/(USA).
Main Base: Amman Queen Alia International Airport (AMM).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Amman; & Aqaba.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Abu Dhabi; Aden; Al Ain; Al Arish; Aleppo; Alexandria; Amsterdam; Athens; Baghdad; Bahrain; Bangkok; Barcelona; Basra; Beirut; Cairo; Chicago; Colombo; Damascus; Dammam; Delhi; Detroit; Doha; Dubai; Erbil; Frankfurt; Geneva; Istanbul; Jeddah; Khartoum; Kiev; Kolkata; Kuwait; Larnaca; London; Madrid; Milan; Moscow; Mumbai; Munich; Muscat; New York; Paris; Riyadh; Rome; Sana'a; Sharm el Sheikh; Tel Aviv Yafo; Tripoli; Tunis; Vienna; & Zurich.
A320-232 (2953, F-OHGX "Madaba"), ALAFCO (AVF) leased, & 1st E190 (00050, JY-EME), delivery - see photo.
December 2006: Royal Jordanian (RJA) confirmed that the government will proceed with the announced privatization of (RJA) next year.
The government will sell 74% of the company to the private sector, and retain the balance. The shares to be sold to non-Jordanian investors will not exceed 49% in order to maintain traffic rights.
(RJA) President & (CEO) Samer Majali, speaking at a press conference in Amman celebrating (RJA)'s 43rd anniversary, conceded that he does not expect final financial results for 2006 to be as good as those of the past 2 years, owing to high fuel prices. Yet he said he is "optimistic" (RJA) will post "better results, particularly after concluding the medium-haul fleet modernization, and commencing to incorporate the Embraer E195s in the fleet" in 2007. Joining the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance early next year also will help.
Majali estimated that (RJA) will transport around 2 million passengers this year, a +8% increase on 2005, with revenues rising +9.5% to $637 million.
(RJA) announced the June launch of flights to Montreal and Budapest.
(RJA) launched a weekly A310F freighter service to London Stansted that will supplement its weekly flight to London Heathrow.
(RJA) selected the 787 as the replacement airplane for its aging A340s and also decided to add 4 new A320 family airplanes.
(RJA) President & (CEO) Samer Majali previously had said that (RJA) was considering the 787 as well as the A350 XWB for its future long-haul fleet. It confirmed that it is negotiating with Boeing (TBC) and several leasing companies to introduce 4 or 5 787-8s as a 1st step. It may increase its commitment depending upon how it opts to replace its A310s, which are due to be phased out from 2011. The 4 new narrow bodies comprise 2 A321s to replace older models of the same type and 2 A319s to expand the fleet in early 2008.
(RJA)'s decision to modernize its long-haul fleet comes following the conclusion of the 1st phase of its medium-haul modernization. This year, it took 6 new A320s/A321s and the 1st of 7 E195s. The remaining 6 join the fleet over the next 18 months.
2 A320-212s (087, JY-AGA; 088, JY-AGB), sold to Wells Fargo Bank as (N5105G) & (N9070N).
January 2007: The "Air Transport World" gave Royal Jordanian (RJA) the "Phoenix" award, which is presented to airlines that have gone through a major transformation. After years of losses, (RJA) changed its business model to focus on traffic within its home markets, helping it to return to profitability, while nearly doubling its size.
(RJA) said it finalized interline agreements with British Airways (BAB), American Airlines (AAL), Iberia (IBE), (LAN), and Finnair (FIN) in preparation for joining the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance.
(RJA) will resume flights to Canada after 10 years. It will operate 2x-weekly Amman toO Montreal service from May 25 aboard A340-300s.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) will resume operating 2x-weekly Amman to Montreal flights from May 25 aboard an A340-300.
Malev Hungarian Airlines (HGA) implemented interline e-ticketing with Royal Jordanian (RJA).
February 2007: The Jordanian government plans to retain a 26% stake in Royal Jordanian (RJA), when it proceeds with (RJA)'s privatization later this year, but may eventually sell, (RJA) President & (CEO) Samer Majali said. "I'm not sure that the Jordanian government intends to remain a shareholder over the long term," he said. In order to maintain traffic rights, the airline must be at least 51% owned by Jordanians, but there is no requirement, that the government control a portion of that holding. (RJA) will become a member of Oneworld (ONW) on April 1.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) launched A310F freighter services to Beirut (weekly) and Cairo (2x-weekly).
(RJA) selected (IER) to supply its Common Use Self-Service check-in platform. The project was initiated by (RJA) in cooperation with (IATA), which selected Amman's Queen Alia International (AMM) to launch the (CUSS) program in the Middle East. (IER) installed 15 (IER) 978 kiosks equipped with (ATB), (GPP) and bag tag printers, a passport reader and a barcode reader at Amman (AMM) and Aqaba. It also provided (RJA) with the full (CUSS) application.
The Oneworld (ONW) Alliance confirmed that Royal Jordanian (RJA), Japan Airlines (JAL), and Malev Hungarian Airlines (HGA) will join the (ONW) alliance as full members on April 1. 5 additional subsidiaries of the (JAL) Group ((JAL)/(JAS)) will join the same day as affiliates: JALways (JAI), Japan Asia Airways (JAA), (JAL) Express (JEX), J-AIR and Japan Transocean Air (SWL). At the same time, Aer Lingus (ARL) will withdraw from the (ONW) alliance. 3 other airlines are lining up to join as affiliates in 2007: Dragonair (DRG), (LAN) Argentina (LNR), and (LAN) Ecuador. The membership changes will expand Oneworld (ONW)'s reach to almost 700 airports, nearly 150 countries and 9,000 daily departures by around 2,500 airplanes.
March 2007: Royal Jordanian (RJA) officially joined the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance, becoming the 1st Middle East carrier to enter an alliance and (ONW)'s 1st new member in 6 years. The ceremony in Amman marked the start of a significant expansion for the (ONW) alliance that also will include Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS), Malev Hungarian Airlines (HGA), Dragonair (DRG), (LAN) Argentina (LNR), and (LAN) Ecuador (LNE). (RJA) (CEO) Samer Majali said (RJA) will "add considerable value to Oneworld (ONW), strengthening its network significantly in the world's fastest growing region for air travel demand." The (ONW) alliance said the additions will increase annual revenues by one-third to $85 billion.
Malev Hungarian Airlines (HGA) followed Royal Jordanian (RJA) into Oneworld (ONW), becoming the group's 10th member. "It is vital in today's airline industry for a medium-sized airline like Malev (HGA) to have the best of the best as partners, to achieve long-term efficiencies and sustainable profitability," Chairman Boris Abramovich said. Malev (HGA) adds 10 cities to Oneworld (ONW)'s network, which will include Macedonia and Montenegro for the 1st time.
American Airlines (AAL) applied to the USA Department of Transportation for authorization to begin code sharing with future Oneworld (ONW) partner, Royal Jordanian (RJA) from March 25. (RJA)'s code would be placed on 15 (AAL) domestic routes, out of New York (JFK), as well as operations to and from Chicago O'Hare (ORD). (AAL) would place its code on (RJA) flights to Amman from (ORD), (JFK), London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt, as well as on services from Amman to Aqaba and Dubai.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) Cargo named Globe Air Cargo as its Swiss General Sales Agent (GSA).
Jordan's state airline (RJA) will finalise a deal soon to buy 8 Boeing 787 planes in a fleet modernisation plan aiming to make it the top regional carrier in the Middle East, (RJA)'s (CEO) said.
April 2007: Royal Jordanian (RJA) transported 161,000 passengers in March, a +23% increase from the year-ago month, while load factor rose +10.6 points to 70.6% LF.
Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) completed Oneworld (ONW)'s spring expansion, joining Malev Hungarian Airlines (HGA) and Royal Jordanian (RJA) as members of the alliance. (JAL)/(JSA) subsidiaries JALways (JAI), Japan Asia Airways (JAA), JAL Express (JEX), J-AIR and Japan Transocean Air (SWL) are new Oneworld (ONW) affiliate members. (JAL)/(JAS) was the largest airline in the world outside 1 of the 3 major alliances, (ONW) said. It adds nearly 50 airports to the grouping's network and 1 new country, Guam. (LAN) Argentina (LNR) and (LAN) Ecuador (LNE) also are new affiliate members, while Aer Lingus (ARL)'s withdrawal now is official. Dragonair (DRG) will join as an affiliate member later this year.
May 2007: Royal Jordanian (RJA) said that it posted a 2006 net profit before deducting "taxes and staff incentives" of +JOD7.4 million/+$10.4 million, its 3rd consecutive profitable year but down -64.8% from the record +JOD21 million earned in 2005 before distributing a profit share to staff. (RJA) said hostilities in the region during 2006 dampened tourism and increases in fuel prices went unmatched by a rise in ticket prices because it was "keen on easing travel expenses on passengers." Revenue rose +8% to +JOD447 million from +JOD413 million in 2005. Operating profit fell -69% to +JOD13 million from +JOD42 million. President & (CEO) Samer Majali said he was satisfied with the result, although he admitted earnings were lower than expected. Passengers carried increased +11.1% to 2 million from 1.8 million in 2005, while load factor decreased -2 points to 67% LF. In the first quarter ended March 31, passengers carried rose +13% to 474,000. The Jordanian government is expected to announce soon the completion of (RJA)'s privatization, which involves selling 74% of shares to the private sector, while 51% of the capital remains under Jordanian ownership.
Starts Amman - Montreal, using A340-300s. Starting June 2nd, Amman - Budapest, using E190s.
$306 million, 2/2 orders (2/10) 787-8 Dreamliners and plans to lease eight.
June 2007: Royal Jordanian (RJA) Cargo will shift its 5x-weekly A310F service to Brussels from Maastricht-Aachen.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) President & (CEO) Samer Majali was elected incoming Chairman of IATA (ITA)'s board of governors during the recent Annual General Meeting (AGM). He will assume the role at the next (AGM) in June 2008.
E190-200SR (00088, JY-EMG), delivery.
July 2007: Royal Jordanian (RJA) transported 204,000 passengers in June, a +14% increase on the year-ago month. Load factor rose +4.8 points to 72.2% LF.
Oneworld (ONW) partners American Airlines (AAL), Iberia (IBE), Finnair (FIN), Malev Hungarian Airlines (HGA), and Royal Jordanian (RJA) filed a request for antitrust immunity with the USA Dept of Transportation (DOT), effective March 30, 2008, the day the USA-(EU) "open skies" agreement becomes active. The five carriers said they wish to cooperate on code sharing, loyalty programs, route and schedule planning, advertising and marketing, pricing and yield management, revenue allocation, ground handling, cargo, Information Technology (IT) and distribution, and other areas. "We believe that an alliance with antitrust immunity is of vital strategic importance and will help us remain competitive with other transatlantic alliances, that already have such immunity," (AAL) Senior VP Planning Henry Joyner said. Six SkyTeam (SKT) carriers filed a similar request last month.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) is launching a weekly Amman - Damascus 737-200F freighter service. The airplane will have a capacity of 14.5 tons. (RJA) said it is "also studying the possibility of opening new freighter routes to other points in the Levant."
September 2007: Royal Jordanian (RJA) will commence 3x-weekly, Amman - Bangkok - Hong Kong flights on January 22, aboard newly refurbished A310s.
Jordan Airline Training & Simulation (JATS), formerly the training subsidiary of Royal Jordanian (RJA), but now is a privately held company offering simulation and training to a variety of customers from its facility adjacent to Queen Alia International Airport outside Amman, inaugurated an A320-200 full flight simulator (FFS), that is the 1st Thales (THL) (FFS) to meet Airbus (EDS) Standard 1.4.0, allowing it to replicate a variety of A320 tail numbers. The $14.5 million simulator was certified as Level D by the French (DGAC), approved under (JAR)-STD 1A and launched at a ceremony attended by Prince Faisal Ben Al Hussein, and launch customers (RJA) and Syrian Arab Airlines (SYR), which signed 3- and 2-year training deals, respectively. It is the 2nd A320-200 simulator at (JATS), which was privatized in 2000, and now is majority owned by Eastern Investment Group Holding. It also offers A310-300 and 727-200 (FFS)s, as well as extensive cabin service and safety, door, slide and classroom training on a variety of airplane types. (JATS) Advisor to the General Manager, Abdul-Rahman Arekat said that A320 usage is growing among the small and mid-size airlines that constitute the facility's likely customer base. He said (JATS) is negotiating use of the new simulator with Middle East Airlines (MEA), (S7) Airlines (SBR), SriLankan Airlines (LNK), Cyprus Airways (CYP), Air Malta (MLT), Jazeera Airways (JZI), and Air Arabia (ABZ). Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Airblue (ABU) also are potential customers.
The company's wide body ambition is not limited to the less-popular A310. With (RJA) committed to up to 12 787s, (JATS)' next move will be for a 787 (FFS). General Manager, Nasri Nowar said it will talk to Alteon about a partnership, and is targeting a delivery date in the second half of 2009 "if everything goes well."
(JATS) recently signed a training contract with Tarom (TRM) for A310 training and, according to Nowar, expects to work with Airbus (EDS) in the near future to secure (TRTO) certification from (EASA).
Royal Jordanian (RJA) took delivery of its 4th E195 (00107, JY-EMA), part of an order for 7 of the type placed last year.
October 2007: (TAP) Portugal Cargo launched a weekly Brussels - Lisbon freighter service operating a leased Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA) Cargo A310-300F.
Republic Financial Corp purchased 2 A340-212s from Airbus Financial Services (EDS). The airplanes are leased to Royal Jordanian (RJA).
Royal Jordanian (RJA) selected the (GEnx) to power its 787 Dreamliners. The carrier announced an order for 2 787-8s plus 2 options in the spring, and said it was negotiating to lease an additional 8 787 Dreamliners.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) is returning its 2 Dash 8-Q400s to Bombardier and converting orders for 2 E195s into the smaller E175, (CEO) Samer Majali confirmed at the Arab Air Carriers Organization, Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Damascus. (RJA) placed an order for 7 E195s in March 2006, with 5 being delivered so far. "We were satisfied with the operational performance of the [Dash 8-Q400] but passenger acceptance for a turboprop remains difficult in the Middle East, so we did not renew the 2-year lease agreement, we had with Bombardier," he said, noting that passengers in the region are increasingly used to Gulf carriers who deploy large jets, even wide bodies, on short sectors. To fill the need for a smaller capacity airplanes operating on regional routes like Amman to Beirut and Damascus, (RJA) decided to convert the order for the 2 remaining regional airplanes to be delivered in the 2nd quarter of 2008 into 72-seat E175s.
The airline also decided to upgrade the cabins of its 3 passenger A310s to extend their life until its 1st 787s arrive in 2010. "Then we will decide if we sell them or if we convert them into freighters," Majali said. (RJA) currently operates 2 A310Fs. Upgrades include new seats and enhanced InFlight Entertainment (IFE), although it did refrain from seatback personal video owing to high costs thought unjustified, considering the short life left on the airplanes. Investment is around $3 million per airplanes. The work is being done by JorAMco in Amman. Majali, who will take up the role of (IATA) (ITA) Chairman in 2008, also said the airline's privatization is moving on as scheduled, with the listing of its shares on the Amman stock exchange scheduled for the 1st half of December.
November 2007: Royal Jordanian (RJA) announced that it transported 202,000 passengers in October, an increase of +40% over the year ago month. Load factor soared +11.5 points to 73.2% LF. (RJA) credited improved ontime performance, new airplanes and enhanced onboard food and entertainment options for attracting more passengers.
Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Ltd (JorAMCo), announced a 5-year Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) agreement, covering medium and heavy checks on Niki (NKI)'s fleet of A320 family airplanes, including those yet to arrive. (JorAMCo) said Niki (NKI) has 6 in operation and will take 2 A320s next year and several more thereafter. The (MRO) already had a European presence thanks to its contract with Vueling Airlines (VUZ), and it has started working on TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX)/(TUG) airplanes as well.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) will offer OnAir's in-flight Internet and mobile phone services onboard its airplanes, the Airbus (EDS)/SITA joint venture announced. It is OnAir's 1st Middle East customer. (RJA) will install OnAir's (GSM)/(GPRS) system on its A320 family fleet next year and on its A340s in 2009. Service will be available on Middle Eastern and European routes.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) signed a lease agreement, initially for 6 months, with Jordan's Transworld for a 737F freighter. (RJA) will begin flying the airplane to Baghdad and Damascus. It already operates A310-300F freighters.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) followed through on its commitment to increase its 787 fleet, converting the 2 options it held with Boeing (TBC), and announcing a lease deal with (CIT) Aerospace (TCI) for +2 more 787s. (RJA) also signed a 12-year OnPoint Solution Services agreement with (GE) Aviation (GEF) covering Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) on (GEnx) engines powering up to 12 787s.
E190 (00131, JY-EMB), delivery.
December 2007: The Jordanian government launched an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of 71% of Royal Jordanian (RJA)'s issued share capital, the Arab Air Carriers Organization said. In October, (RJA) President & (CEO) Samer Majali confirmed that privatization of the carrier would proceed as scheduled this month. Offer price is set at JOD2.75 to JOD3.40/$3.86 to $4.77 per share.
Later, the Jordanian government announced the "successful completion" of the (IPO) of 71% of flag carrier Royal Jordanian (RJA) at JOD3.08/$4.32 per offer share. With 59.9 million shares being sold, the market capitalization of the carrier is JOD260 million. Total proceeds came to JOD164.5 million. The shares are expected to begin trading on December 17. The offering consisted of 22.3 million shares to domestic retail and institutional investors (including a placement of 6.5 million shares for no consideration with (RJA)'s employee fund and 8.4 million shares with Social Security Corp) and 37.6 million shares to regional and international institutional investors, including a placement of 16 million shares with the M1 Group. "We have been very pleased with the volume of interest we have received from both the general public and also local, regional and international institutional investors, in particular the very positive response from retail investors in Jordan," (RJA) Chairman Nasser Lozi said. Citigroup Global Markets Ltd is sole global coordinator and bookrunner, Arab Jordan Investment Bank is Jordanian lead manager and SHUAA Capital is the selling agent.
January 2008: Royal Jordanian (RJA) and (CIT) Aerospace International (TCI) signed 12-year lease contracts for 2 787s, with delivery in September 2012 and January 2013. The airplanes will operate to North America and East Asia. (RJA) plans to operate 12 787s, 4 of which will be purchased directly from Boeing (TBC) for delivery in 2013 and 2014. It will take 2 787s from (ILFC) (ILF) in 2010 to 2011 and said it plans to sign a contract with (LCAL) for an additional 3 of the type. It did not account for the 12th airplane. (RJA) currently operates 23 passenger airplanes and will take delivery this year of 2 E175s, 2 A319s and 2 A321s.
February 2008: Royal Jordanian (RJA) enjoyed a +17% increase in full-year revenue to a company record +JOD524 million/+$733.9 million in 2007, President & (CEO) Samer Majali said at its annual commercial conference, adding that (RJA) will report a profit for the 4th consecutive year.
The airline transported >2.3 million passengers last year, up +16% over 2006, and saw load factor rise +4 points to 71% LF. Costs were approximately JOD495 million, with fuel representing one-third of expenses. (RJA) currently operates 26 airplanes.
The company's December Initial Public Offering (IPO) netted >$230 million, with the government keeping 29% and 56.2% held within Jordan. Regional investors hold 9.5% and international interests the remaining 34.1%, (RJA) said. (RJA) carrier will open a "new and ultra-modern business lounge" at Queen Alia International Airport outside Amman.
The European Union (EU) and Jordan signed an air services agreement eliminating all nationality restrictions.
March 2008: Royal Jordanian (RJA) transported 169,000 passengers in February, up +22% on the year-ago month.
Surging passenger numbers and its entry into Oneworld (ONW) provided a significant financial boost to Royal Jordanian (RJA), which reported a +JOD20.4 million/+$28.6 million profit in 2007, that represented a >3x increase from the +JOD6.1 million earned the prior year. Operating revenue climbed +21.5% to JOD543 million, with operating profit nearly tripling to +JOD33 million from +JOD13 million in 2006. Passenger numbers rose +18% to 2.4 million and load factor was up +4 points to 71% LF. (RJA) said the results "reflect the airline's ability to make the best use of available resources, despite their limitations, in light of the global steep rise in fuel prices." Its fuel bill grew +17% to JOD165 million.
(RJA) took delivery of the 1st of 4 new A319s in 2-class configuration. The 2nd will arrive in October and the remaining 2 in February and March next year. (RJA) also will introduce 2 new A321s and 2 E175s during the coming 3 months, while phasing out 2 older A321s. Its fleet will consist of 30 airplanes in June.
A319-132 (3428, JY-AYL), (ILF) leased.
April 2008: Royal Jordanian (RJA) posted a -JOD2.9 million/-$4.1 million loss in the 1st quarter, a +22% improvement on the loss incurred in the year-ago period. Operating revenue rose +31% (Y-O-Y) to JOD140 million, reflecting a +17% increase in passengers carried and a +2-point improvement in load factor to 68% LF.
President & (CEO) Samer Majali conceded that (RJA)'s long-haul fleet modernization will be affected by the 787 program delays. He said (RJA) is negotiating with Boeing (TBC) and leasing companies to find alternative airplanes to absorb a postponement of 1.5 to 2.5 years from the originally scheduled 1st delivery in 2010. It has 4 of the airplanes on order and intends to take an additional 8 on lease.
A321-231 (3458, JY-AYJ), (ILF) leased.
May 2008: Royal Jordanian (RJA) said it selected (CHAMP) Cargosystems' Cargospot to replace its in-house cargo system. Information Technology (IT) investment is part of a larger initiative to upgrade sales, reservations, pricing, management information and cargo handling. (RJA), which serves >2 dozen clients at Queen Alia International's cargo terminal, will implement the system in October.
A319-132 (3522, JY-AYK "Tafila"), (ILF) leased and E190 (0223, JY-EMC), delivery.
June 2008: Oneworld (ONW) partners, American Airlines (AAL), British Airways (BAB), Iberia (IBE), Finnair (FIN), and Royal Jordanian (RJA) confirmed that they filed for worldwide antitrust immunity (ATI) from the USA Department of Transportation and notified the appropriate regulatory authorities in the European Union (EU). The (ATI) application follows the signing of a "joint business agreement" among (AAL), (BAB), and (IBE), under which the trio will cooperate commercially on flights between North America and the (EU), Switzerland and Norway. Their combined network will serve 443 destinations in 106 countries with 6,200 daily departures. The carriers stressed they will share revenue but not profit and will continue to operate as separate legal entities. However, (BAB) and (IBE) are discussing a potential merger. "We believe our proposed cooperation is an important step towards ensuring that we can compete effectively with rival alliances and manage through the challenges of record fuel prices and growing economic concerns," (AAL) parent, (AMR) Chairman & (CEO) Gerard Arpey said. At present, Oneworld (ONW) is the only alliance not operating with some level of transatlantic (ATI), whereas 6 SkyTeam (STM) airlines and 9 Star Alliance (SAL) carriers enjoy such immunity. "This has put Oneworld (ONW) at a considerable disadvantage," (ONW) Managing Partner John McCulloch claimed. (BAB) and (AAL) have applied 2x- for transatlantic (ATI), in 1997 and 2001, but believe they now have a greater chance of success because the industry and competitive landscape have changed so fundamentally. "We are applying for (EU)-USA antitrust immunity in a changed regulatory world, where London Heathrow is open to any USA or (EU) airline that wants to fly to the USA and where rival alliances have immunity," (BAB) (CEO) Willie Walsh stressed. "It will increase competition as the three global airline alliances will play under the same rules. We are taking a very important step towards consolidation, which is necessary in today's aviation industry," (IBE) Chairman & (CEO) Fernando Conte said.
Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA), which earlier stepped up its lobbying against the anticipated application of its main competitors at (LHR), described the deal as a "monster monopoly," claiming it would "be bad for passengers, bad for competition, and bad for the UK and USA aviation industry."
(BAB) noted coolly that there "is nothing to stop Virgin (VAA) applying for (ATI) if it found a suitable partner" and "nothing to stop Virgin (VAA) increasing competition on any transatlantic route if it thinks consumers would welcome it."
Royal Jordanian (RJA) (CEO) Samer Majali took over as (IATA ) (ITA) Chairman, succeeding (TAP) Portugal, (CEO) Fernando Pinto. He will serve 1 year and said the agenda "has extraordinary challenges. Change must be even more aggressive." (IATA) (ITA)'s board of governors announced that Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) (CEO) Tony Tyler will succeed Majali in June 2009, when the Annual General Meeting (AGM ) will take place in Kuala Lumpur.
The 787 delay is having a "quite dramatic" effect on Royal Jordanian (RJA)'s long-haul growth strategy, Chairman & (CEO) Samer Majali said.
"The  delay hits our strategy," he said, noting that (RJA)'s regional and mid-haul fleet renewal will be finalized by next year. (RJA) plans to add 11 787 Dreamliners, 4 of which are direct purchases with the remainder on lease. It originally intended to operate 12 787s, but was able to secure only 7 on lease, rather than 8. Deliveries were scheduled to begin in November 2010, but have been postponed 24 - 27 months. "It affects our total long-haul fleet," Majali conceded. The 787 order is part of (RJA)'s strategy to replace its 4 A340-200s and 3 passenger A310s as well as support growth. "We are working with Boeing (TBC) and the leasing companies to find solutions with a minimal impact on costs," he said. Options include extending the A340 leases, but they would need a major upgrade to align them with (RJA)'s new service standards for seat comfort and In-Flight Entertainment (IFE), which would require a significant investment "and would leave us with higher maintenance and fuel costs" compared to the 787, he noted. It also could locate some 777s to bridge the time gap.
(RJA) has taken delivery of 2 A321s, 1 A319 and 1 E175 this year, with another E175 and an A319 joining the fleet later in 2008. In 2009, another 2 A319s will arrive. "Then our entire regional and mid-haul fleet will be <3 years old," Majali said.
July 2008: Royal Jordanian (RJA) will launch 2x-weekly, Amman - Kiev on August 17 aboard an E195.
August 2008: Royal Jordanian (RJA) reported a net loss of "around" -JOD3.1 million/-$4.4 million in the 1st half of 2008, widened from a deficit of -JOD1.9 million in the year-ago semester. It said the result was "much better than the losses estimated in the budget despite the soaring jet fuel prices that the company had to pay for this year." Operating revenue rose +33% year-on-year to JOD315 million on a +21% increase in passengers to 1.2 million. (RJA) credited its "efforts to market sales, improve product and offer distinguished onboard services" for the increase. Load factor gained +5 points to 71% LF.
Operating expenses increased +37% to JOD316 million, owing mainly to the jump in jet fuel costs, which soared +91% to JOD131 million. Fuel now comprises 42% of operating costs, up +12 points from the year-ago period. (RJA) is 30% hedged for 2008 and 2009. Cargo volume grew +21% and freight revenue rose +23.5% to JOD21 million. (RJA) serves 55 destinations with a fleet of 27 airplanes.
September 2008: Royal Jordanian (RJA) carried 295,000 passengers in August, up +16% on the year-ago period. Load factor gained +1 point to 82% LF. It said fuel expense more than doubled to JOD33.5 million/$47 million, or 49% of total costs.
(RJA) signed a parts pool program service contract extension with Embraer to include 2 E175s. 5 E195s already were covered.
It also recently opened its new Crown Class lounge at Amman's Queen Alia International. The 18,000-sq-m facility can accommodate up to 340 passengers and includes a meeting room, business center, library, prayer space, bedrooms, showers, and play and entertainment areas.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) will resume service to Brussels after 5 years, launching a 2x-weekly, flight from Amman on April 1 with an A319.
October 2008: Worldwide Flight Services won a contract from Royal Jordanian (RJA) for cargo handling at London Heathrow and Ireland's regional airports. The contract includes ramp transportation and loading and unloading for A310Fs as well as coastwise trucking in the UK and Ireland. The agreement takes effect next month.
November 2008: Royal Jordanian (RJA) suffered a -JOD2 million/-$2.8 million net loss through the year's 1st 9 months, implying a 3rd-quarter profit of approximately +JOD1.1 million, based upon its half-year results. 9-month revenue rose +34% year-over-year to JOD533 million, but fuel costs soared +92% to JOD221 million. Passenger numbers were up +18% to 2 million, load factor rose +2 points to 73% LF, and yield climbed +14% "due to the increase of prices of tickets to partially offset the increase in jet fuel prices," (RJA) said, adding that the narrow 9-month loss is "basically attributed" to a -JOD17 million decline in the value of its fuel hedges.
December 2008: Royal Jordanian (RJA) and Airbus (EDA)/(SITA) joint venture "OnAir" signed an agreement to provide in-flight Internet and mobile phone services including e-mail, (SMS) and voice calls on 2 A319s that will be joining (RJA)'s fleet in February and March. The deal's second phase includes installing Mobile OnAir Service with a GSM/GPRS system on (RJA)'s A320 family airplanes at the end of 2009.
February 2009: Royal Jordanian (RJA) does not plan to ground airplanes or abandon routes owing to the economic meltdown, CEO Samer Majali said at Oneworld (ONW)'s 10th anniversary event in Madrid. (RJA) will take delivery of new A319s this month and next and will launch Brussels service in April as scheduled. "After several years of high double-digit growth in passengers and an even greater increase in revenue, we are planning for a very modest growth this year," he said. He conceded that "modest" could equate to "zero," which he said was a "positive" considering the market downturn. Majali expects (RJA) to report a positive operating result for 2008, but the net likely will be negative owing to fuel hedge provisions.
(RJA) remains committed to its order for 11 787s and is waiting to hear from Boeing (TBC) on exact delivery dates so it can decide whether to invest in an interior upgrade of its 4 A340s, which are scheduled to leave the fleet when the 787 Dreamliners arrive. (RJA)'s 1st 787 deliveries initially were scheduled for the end of 2010 but have been pushed back to the 3rd quarter of 2013 based on the latest program update. "We're hoping to maybe get an improved delivery schedule," Majali said. "Some airlines might cancel or defer the deliveries of their 787s and we might take their positions."
(RJA) launched OnAir's in-flight mobile service on board A319 airplanes flying to Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and India. The technology allows passengers to use mobile phones and Personal Digital Assistants (PDA)s to make and receive calls and employ Short Message Service (SMS) and e-mail. Those with laptops fitted with Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) data cards can access the Internet.
A320-232 (3803, JY-AYN). AerVenture leased.
March 2009: Royal Jordanian (RJA) will launch 2x-weekly, Amman - Benghazi flights on June 1. A 4th weekly, Amman - Tripoli flight will begin on April 1.
A320-232 (3832, JY-AYP), AerVenture leased.
April 2009: After 4 consecutive years in the black, Royal Jordanian (RJUA) suffered a -JOD23.4 million/-$32.8 million net loss in 2008 as it absorbed -JOD46.7 million in fuel hedge losses after reporting a +JOD20.4 million profit in 2007. Operating revenue rose +29% to JOD703 million on a +14.1% increase in passenger numbers to 2.7 million. Yield grew +11% due to the increased ticket prices necessitated by soaring fuel costs. (RJA)'s fuel bill jumped nearly +73% to around JOD285 million. It posted a +JOD18.7 million profit excluding taxes and hedge losses.
Chairman Nasser Lozi said (RJA) had hedged 35% of its forecast fuel consumption for both 2008 and 2009 at an average of $105 per barrel. But oil dropped as low as $45 per barrel by the end of 2008, resulting in the hedging loss. (RJA) said its operational results last year "were consistent with the growing indicators of operational performance during the past 4 years."
Passenger numbers in the 1st quarter of 2009 fell -10% year-over-year owing to the economic downturn and hostilities in the Gaza Strip, President & (CEO) Samer Majali said. He was upbeat about the remainder of the year, however, predicting that passenger growth over the summer will compensate for the 1st-quarter decline.
(RJA) transferred its operations at Frankfurt from Terminal 1 to T2, joining other Oneworld (ONW) member carriers.
(RJA) implemented Champ Cargosystems's Cargospot to replace its in-house solution.
May 2009: Royal Jordanian (RJA) reported a -JOD8.5 million/-$11.9 million 1st-quarter loss, nearly double the -JOD4.4 million deficit reported in the year-ago period. Revenue fell -11% year-over-year to JOD124 million. Yield was down -5% and passenger boardings slipped -11.2% to 491,000. Load factor dropped -6 points to 62% LF. (RJA) said it expects to "compensate" for the 1st-quarter result with "growth in bookings on all sectors" during the 2nd and 3rd quarters.
June 2009: Royal Jordanian (RJA) launched 2x-weekly, Amman - Benghazi service. It also added a 4th daily flight to Beirut.
Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) (CEO) Tony Tyler was named Chairman of the (IATA) (ITA) Board of Governors for 2009 to 2010 at the (ITA)'s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Kuala Lumpur, succeeding Royal Jordanian (CEO) Samer Majali.
(RJA) President & (CEO) Samer Majali will leave (RJA) August 1, (RJA) announced, saying only that he resigned "upon his request." He declined to comment on his future, which he said is "still under discussion." An announcement should come "soon, maybe in the next 2 weeks," he said.
Majali, who holds a degree in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University, UK, joined (RJA) in 1979 and was named (CEO) in 2001. He served as Chairman of IATA (ITA)'s board of governors until June.
Chairman Nasser Lozi praised Majali's "huge and ongoing efforts to develop (RJA) and put it on a par with the advanced airlines," and said he enabled it "to hold an eminent position in the air transport industry despite the challenges and difficult times that the industry has gone through in the past few years." Majali brought (RJA) into Oneworld (ONW) Alliance in 2007, making it the 1st Middle Eastern airline to join one of the major global alliances. He also managed the successful privatization of the flag carrier, the region's 1st.
(RJA) currently is seeing an increase in traffic compared to the 1st quarter, when passenger numbers fell some -10%, Majali said. "Passengers are coming back, but yields remain under pressure also because of the high amount of new airplanes coming into the region," he noted. The outlook for the 3rd quarter is "good," he added, "but the final quarter is a question mark." Overall, he expressed confidence that full-year traffic will be close to 2008's 2.7 million passengers. (RJA) reported a -JOD8.5 million/-$11.9 million 1st quarter loss.
July 2009: Royal Jordanian (RJA) reported net earnings of "around" +JOD7.7 million/+$10.8 million for the 1st half of 2009, reversed from a -JOD4 million loss in the year-ago semester.
Revenue decreased -12.7% to JOD274 million on a -6% drop in passengers carried and a -33% fall in uplifted cargo. Operating cost fell -19.6% owing to cost-cutting measures and the dramatic decrease in fuel prices, (RJA) said. Passenger yield fell -9% and cargo yield -10%. Seat load factor in the 1st half dropped -6 points to 65% LF.
Outgoing President & (CEO) Samer Majali said he remained confident that (RJA) will achieve a positive full-year result as it "is witnessing a remarkable growth of passenger traffic on all its sectors this summer."
(RJA) announced the appointment of VP Marketing, Sales & Services Hussein Dabbas as its new President & (CEO) effective August 1
Gulf Air (GUL) named former (RJA) President & (CEO) Samer Majali as its new (CEO), replacing Bjorn Naf. Majali announced his unexpected resignation from (RJA), saying that, "after 30 years at the airline and 8 years as (CEO), I decided it was time for me to move on."
September 2009: Royal Jordanian (RJA) and (S7) Airlines (SBR) reached a code share deal under which (SBR) will place its code on (RJA)'s 3x-weekly, Amman - Moscow Domodedovo flights.
October 2009: Royal Jordanian (RJA) reported a +JOD25.5 million/+$35.7 million profit through the 1st 9 months of 2009, reversed from a -JOD3.8 million loss in the year-ago period, implying 3rd-quarter earnings of approximately +JOD17.8 million. (RJA) posted a profit of some +JOD200,000 in the 3rd quarter of 2008. Operating revenue through the 9-month period fell -16% year-over-year to JOD449 million, but fuel costs plunged -50% and "operational costs" dropped -20% on a -4% cut in capacity. Passenger numbers were down -3%, (RJA) said, load factor declined -8 points to 67% LF and yield fell -14% to JOD185.
(RJA) announced it has selected Amadeus as its Information Technology (IT) provider of critical customer service software. (RJA) will adopt the full suite of Amadeus Altea Customer Management and e-commerce solutions including reservations, inventory and departure control as part of a 10-year partnership with Amadeus.
November 2009: Royal Jordanian (RJA) will launch 2x-weekly flights between Amman and Mosul, its 5th Iraqi destination, on November 15.
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December 2009: (PROS) Revenue Management won a contract from Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA) to deploy its new suite of network revenue management systems, with implementation scheduled for the 2010 4th quarter.
February 2010: Royal Jordanian (RJA) posted a +JOD28.6 million/+$40.1 million profit last year, reversed from a -JOD24.7 million deficit in 2008, as a drop in fuel costs and "capacity management" helped (RJA) weather the global recession and its impact on demand. (RJA) said the result "reflect[s] the airline's ability to make the best use of available resources, in spite of their limitations, and to continue its fleet modernization program and automate and facilitate travel procedures."
Operating revenue fell -15% to JOD598 million, a slide that (RJA) said included a "remarkable regression in cargo." But costs were cut -19.1% to JOD546.8 million, driven by a -47% year-over-year decrease in the fuel bill to JOD136 million. Gross profit more than doubled to +JOD52.1 million from +JOD24.9 million in 2008.
(RJA) transported 2.7 million passengers last year, down -1%, while yield declined -13%, which it attributed to falling ticket prices "in response to the decrease in oil prices" and "sharp competition." Cargo traffic plunged -27%.
(RJA) said it has the "potential" to report a higher profit in 2010, "which is expected to see increased travel and tourism at global level," although increasing competition in the region could weigh on fares and revenue. (RJA) also faces the end of exclusive rights on many of its routes this month.
(RJA) will launch 2x-weekly, Amman - Medina service on March 28.
March 2010: The European Union (EU) and Jordan announced a common aviation area agreement that is expected to be signed in June.
May 2010: Royal Jordanian (RJA) took delivery of 2 A330-200s on May 21. The A330s will seat 24C in business class and 259Y in economy and will operate to London Heathrow, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Colombo, and Kuala Lumpur (KUL). A 2x-weekly, Amman - Madinah service will launch on March 28 and the 3x-weekly, (KUL) flights begin in June. Delivery of its 11 787s is scheduled to start in 2013.
June 2010: Royal Jordanian (RJA) relaunched 3x-weekly, Amman - Bangkok - Kuala Lumpur service aboard an A330 following a 7-year hiatus that it said was due to "commercial reasons."
(RJA) President & (CEO) Hussein Dabbas confirmed that delivery of the 1st of (RJA)'s 11 787s is now scheduled for September 2013.
"Almost 3 years late," he pointed out. He said the 787 Dreamliners will open up new opportunities for (RJA). "For example, nonstop Amman - Hong Kong services" will be possible, he noted.
(RJA) currently operates 31 airplanes, including A340-200s, A330-200s, A321s, A320s, A319s, E175s/-195s and 2 A310F freighters. "Our fleet will grow up to 38 airplanes by 2018. Not more," Dabbas said. "We will be able to open 1 new regional and 1 new long-haul destination every year." (RJA) plans to keep 2 recently received A330-200s through 2015 to fill the gap until all of its 787s finally arrive.
(AWAS) (AWW) announced that it has agreed to lease 5 A320s and 2 A321s to (RJA) to replace 6 Airbus (EDS) airplanes that (RJA) currently operates. 3 A320s are scheduled for delivery in April 2011 to be followed by the rest in 2012.
Dabbas likes to refer to (RJA) as a "boutique" airline focused on quality, but it is facing increasing yield pressure. "In the 1st quarter of 2010, passenger numbers increased +20% compared to the same period a year ago, but our revenues are down nearly -15%," he said. "It is not easy any more to find a new niche [on a given route]." Increasingly fierce competition in the region has created "an uphill battle" on yields.
1 of its niches had been being 1 of the 1st scheduled carriers to begin serving Iraq again. Now Emirates (EAD) and Turkish Airlines (THY), among others, are flying to Baghdad. (RJA) is still committed to Iraq with 23 weekly flights to Basra, Baghdad, Erbil, and Sulaymaniyah, but Dabbas conceded, "Flights to Iraq are not a comfortable operation. You have to deal with weak infrastructure, sandstorms, tight security controls at the airports and so on."
(RJA) returned to the black in 2009 with a +JOD28.6 million/+$40.1 million profit.
July 2010: Royal Jordanian (RJA) transported 268,000 passengers in June, a +13% increase on the year-ago month. Load factor reached 70% LF, while number of flights lifted +10% to 3,465. (RJA) expects to reach a record number of passengers in July, estimating the figure to surpass 330,000.
The USA Department of Transportation (DOT) issued its final clearance of antitrust immunity (ATI) for American Airlines (AAL), British Airways (BAB), Iberia (IBE), Finnair (FIN) and Royal Jordanian (RJA) to "more closely coordinate international services" including a planned (AAL)/(BAB)/(IBE) joint venture (JV) on transatlantic flights.
The granting of (ATI) follows on the heels of the European Commission (EC)'s approval and cements the (DOT)'s tentative approval earlier this year.
"The department found that granting (ATI) to the Oneworld (ONW) alliance will provide travelers and shippers with a variety of benefits, including lower fares in some markets, new nonstop routes, improved services and better schedules," the (DOT) said. "The (DOT) also said that the (ONW) alliance will enhance competition around the world by enabling the (ONW) alliance to compete more vigorously with Star (SAL) Alliance and SkyTeam (STM) Alliance, which operate similar immunized alliances." The (DOT) said that to alleviate any anti-competitive concerns the carriers had agreed "to make 4 pairs of slots at [London] Heathrow available to competitors for new USA - London service, with 2 pairs to be used for Boston - London service and the other 2 for service from any other USA cities."
(AAL) Chairman & (CEO) Gerard Arpey said, "We are pleased that USA and (EU) regulators have approved our long-sought-after alliance proposal. We look forward to delivering enhanced competition for customers on transatlantic flights."
British Airways (BAB) (CEO) Willie Walsh added, "This final approval is fantastic news for [(AAL)/(BAB)/(IBE)] and the Oneworld (ONW) alliance. We've waited 14 years to bring the benefits of the transatlantic joint business to our customers and level the playing field with the other 2 global alliances. We're pleased that the (DOT) and the (EU) have worked together to ensure that there is consistency in the number of slots that the 3 airlines have to give up for our competitors to use on services from Heathrow to the USA."
(SITA) won a contract from Engineering group (J&P) Group to provide its complete suite of airport Information Technology (IT) solutions to the new $750 million terminal at Queen Alia International in Amman (AMM). (SITA)’s systems integration will provide a total airport (IT) solution operating 70 check-in counters, 18 departure gates, 16 transfer desks, 10 check-in kiosks and 133 flight display screens. Testing will begin in October 2011. (J&P) is part of the consortium that won a 25-year concession to operate, rehabilitate and expand (AMM). Its new terminal, a design by Foster + Partners, is scheduled to open in early 2012 and will increase annual passenger flow from 3.2 million to 9 million. A further expansion phase is planned that will bring total capacity to 12 million passengers.
In a press release, (SITA) Regional VP Middle East & North Africa, Hani El Assaad said, “(SITA) is very pleased to be involved from the outset in this showcase project. When the new airport opens in 2 years, it will be a major hub for the region. Our solutions will span all terminal-side operations. Passengers and airlines can look forward to the introduction of the very best of check-in technology that will enhance their experience at Queen Alia International Airport.”
(RJA) signed an order for 3 787-8s valued at approximately $500 million at average list prices, bringing its total commitments for the type to 11 including 4 airplanes that will be leased. Like previously ordered 787 Dreamliners, the new airplanes will be powered by (GEnx) engines. (RJA) President & (CEO) Hussein Dabbas explained that (RJA) had planned to lease the airplanes from (LCAL), but when that company cancelled them, (RJA) decided to take advantage of the opportunity to acquire the jets directly. The 1st 787s arrive in 2013 and all will have been delivered by 2016. They will be used to replace A310s and eventually A330s and also for growth opportunities made possible by the 787's longer range, Dabbas said.
He said (RJA) remains committed to its model of connecting short-haul regional traffic to popular long-haul destinations via its hub in Amman. "We consider the Levant our catchment area," he explained, noting that the strategy of serving secondary destinations such as Aleppo with direct service to Amman is working quite well. He drew a distinction between this model and the "long-haul to long-haul " strategy of Persian Gulf carriers. "We consider ourselves a boutique airline, not a 1,000-room hotel," he joked.
Jetscape (JTS) leased 1 E175LR to Royal Jordanian (RJA) for 8 years beginning in October.
August 2010: Royal Jordanian (RJA) will commence 2x-weekly, Alexandria – Khartoum service aboard an A320 in October. (RJA) will add a 3rd weekly frequency to its Amman – Brussels service from March 28, 2011.
October 2010: Royal Jordanian (RJA) posted a +JOD19.6 million/+$27.9 million profit before the provision of a JOD6 million loss on the sale of fixed assets for the 1st 9 months, down -23.1% from +JD25.5 million in the year-ago period.
Operating revenues rose +14.6% to JOD516 million on a +15% rise in passengers to 2.3 million and a +33% growth in cargo to 44,000 tons. (RJA)'s fuel bill rose +37.3% over the year-ago period to JOD151 million. Total operating costs increased +19.5% to JOD450 million.
Seat load factor rose from 67% LF to 71% LF. Chairman Nasser Lozi cited “sharp competition” and its effect on passenger yield, as well as higher fuel prices compared to last year, as main reasons for the lower profitability.
(RJA) said it is optimistic that full-year results will be “satisfying” as it is taking measures to control costs, increase revenues, and open new markets to boost its presence regionally and internationally.
(RJA) will increase 2x-weekly Amman – Brussels service to 3x-weekly April 3 aboard an A319.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) became the latest major airline to start using the Amadeus Altea reservation system, replacing the less expensive but not as expansive Gabriel system provided by (SITA). (RJA) hopes the new system—res systems are critical because they interact with so many other systems at an airline — will help harvest synergies with its Oneworld (ONW) alliance partners, improve pricing and revenue management, enhance service, etc. Some carriers have been migrating to full service res systems (Altea and SabreSonic are the two leading products) because of the growing importance of revenue synergies from alliances, code sharing and Global Distribution Systems (GDS) distribution in an era of high fuel prices.
(RJA) renewed its contract with Air France Industries (AFI)/(KLM) (E&M) for component and engine support for its A340s for three more years. It also signed a new contract to provide component support for its A330s, which includes repairs and access to the spares pool, with the deployment of a Main Base Kit at Amman in Jordan. In December 2009, (RJA) and (AFA)/(KLM)’ Group’s Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) unit also renewed the existing (CF6-80C) repair contract for a further 3 years. The engines are cared for at (AFI)/(KLM) (E&M)’s Amsterdam engine shop.
November 2010: Royal Jordanian (RJA) will increase 2x-weekly, Amman – Brussels A319 service to 3x-weekly on April 3.
(MTU) Maintenance Hannover signed an exclusive maintenance contract with Royal Jordanian (RJA), covering 26 (V2500) engines from (RJA)'s A320 fleet. The contract expires in March 2014.
(RJA) has started a new branding campaign that’s airing on television throughout the Arab world and also in Europe and the USA. The theme is the “art of flying,” updated from “you’re there” and “change is in the air” before that. The new campaign highlights new airplanes, refurbishment of existing airplanes, new in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems, improved on board service, frequent flier privileges and Oneworld (ONW) alliance membership.
December 2010: Royal Jordanian (RJUA) will re-launch 2x-weekly, A320 Amman - Berlin service on June 2, after a 10-year suspension of the route.
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.
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.
February 2011: Royal Jordanian (RJA) reported consolidated net income of +JOD9.6 million/+$13.4 million for 2010, down -66% compared to income of +JOD28.6 million in 2009. (RJA) Board Chairman Nasser Lozi said that a +35% increase in (RJA)'s fuel bill was a major contributor to the profit decline. Operating revenues climbed +14% to JOD685 million.
President & (CEO) Hussein Dabbas said that (RJA) was able to increase its market share and the number of passengers carried by +13% over 2009, "despite the rising competition from a number of Arab and international carriers operating in Jordan." (RJA) carried 3 million passengers last year, up +13% year-over-year, while load factor reached 71% LF from 68% LF in 2009.
Goodrich Corporation (BFG) signed a 5-year nacelle Prime Solutions services agreement with Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA). The contract covers maintenance and support of nacelles and thrust reversers for (RJA)'s fleet of (V2500)-powered A320s, (CF34-10E) powered Embraer E195s and (CFM56-5C-) powered A340s.
April 2011: Global Collect signed a service agreement with Royal Jordanian (RJA) to process online credit card payments for the carrier. The agreement will soon be expanded to allow (RJA) customers to purchase tickets via credit cards through call centers.
May 2011: Royal Jordanian (RJA) Cargo will operate 5x-weekly Amman - Maastricht (MST) service from June 12 using an A310F. (RJA) Cargo used to operate to (MST) but switched its European cargo activities to Brussels in June 2007. (RJA) Cargo said its return to (MST) was in response to customer demand. (MST) increased cargo volume in the 1st quarter +10% year-over-year to 25,000 tonnes.
(RJA) took delivery of a new (V2500)-powered A320-200, the 1st of 7 new A320s/A321s that will join its fleet this year and in 2012. (RJA) will replace 6 A320/A321s with 6 new ones and add 1 more of the type. After receiving the 7 airplanes, the medium-range fleet will comprise 13 A320 family airplanes: 4 A319s, 4 A321s and 5 A320s. The new A320 is configured in 2 classes with 136 seats, of which 16C are in business class. All seats have seat-back In-Flight Entertainment (IFE), including video-on-demand.
August 2011: Royal Jordanian (RJA) reported a 1st-half 2011 net loss of -JOD39.2 million/-$55.5 million), deepened from a -JOD7.7 million deficit in the year-ago period, owing to political and social unrest in the region, higher fuel prices and the debt crisis in several European countries.
Revenue inched up +3.5% year-over-year to JOD303.7 million on a marginal increase in passengers carried from 1.327 million to 1.399 million. (RJA) was forced to cancel 677 flights and merged another 80 in the period.
But July was markedly better, according to President & (CEO) Hussein Dabbas. (RJA) carried 373,000 passengers last month, up +13.3% on the year-ago period. “This is the highest [number of boardings] registered by (RJA) in 1 month since its establishment 48 years ago,” Dabbas said. Average seat factor increased to 81% LF in July from 79% LF in July 2010. (RJA)'s half-year fuel bill heightened +51% year-over-year to JOD30.5 million.
(RJA) said it was “doubling its efforts this summer season to revive traffic, increase the load factor and offer passengers superior ground and air services to overcome the negative outcome of the 1st 6 months of 2011.”
(RJA) took delivery of its 3rd A330-200 on an operating lease valid until January 2017. The A330-200s will replace 2 A310s which are to be phased out in the near future. The A330s will operate on long and medium-p-range routes, including Colombo, and the Nigerian capital, Lagos, a new route (RJA) is planning to open before the end of the year.
September 2011: Royal Jordanian (RJA) will launch service to Accra, Nairobi, and Addis Ababa "in the near future," using A320s.
(RJA) received its 2nd new A320, as part of its medium-haul fleet modernization program that involves replacing 6 A320s/A321s with 7 new of the same model type. The remaining 3 A320s and 2 A321s will be delivered during 2011 and 2012, to bring its narrow body fleet to 13 A320 family airplanes. The airplanes are leased on operational basis and are configured with 2 cabins and 136 seats. All seats are equipped with the audio-video-on-demand in-flight entertainment system.
A320-232 (4853, JY-AYS) (AWAS) (AWW) leased, ex-(F-WWBE).
November 2011: Royal Jordanian (RJA) is the latest airline to re-enter the Tripoli market now that the civil war there has finished. In September (RJA) resumed operations to Benghazi, Libya's second largest city. A large number of Jordanians work in Libya, especially in the oil fields, and a large number of wealthier Libyans travel to Jordan for medical care.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) has selected AirFrance Industries (AFI)/(KLM) Engineering & Maintenance to provide component support for its 3 A330 passenger jets. The contract includes repairs and access to the spares pool as part of a per-flight-hour contract.
December 2011: Royal Jordanian (RJA) launched 4x-weekly, Amman - Nairobi A319 service on December 16.
(RJA) and Meridiana Fly (ALS) reached a code share agreement under which (RJA) will add its code on (ALS)'s flights from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) to Verona, while (ALS) will add its code to (RJA) flights between Milan Malpensa and Amman (AMM), and between (FCO) and (AMM), beginning December 8.
January 2012: Royal Jordanian (RJA) is trying to diversify away from reliance on European traffic, with Africa seen as the remedy. (RJA) recently added Nairobi to its network, while also planning flights to Algiers and Lagos this quarter. (RJA) says it’s evaluating Addis Ababa and Accra too. These moves seem to indicate an attempt by (RJA) to replicate in Amman what Ethiopian (ETH) is doing in Addis: fostering connections between Africa and Asia.
February 2012: Royal Jordanian (RJA) launched its 3rd route to Libya on January 28 when the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance airline connected its Amman (AMM) hub with Misrata (MRA). On Tuesdays, the 1,975 km route is operated with 100-seat E195s and on Saturdays with 136-seat A320s. (RJA) already serves both Tripoli and Benghazi in Libya.
(RJA) will review its fleet size and reduce its network as part of a series of measures to counter the sharp increase in fuel prices and falling demand due to unrest in the region and the euro zone crisis.
(RJA) will reduce frequencies on seven routes to Rome Fiumicino, Vienna, Zurich, Geneva, Amsterdam, Colombo, and Khartoum, and will suspend operations to 5 destinations. Brussels, Munich and Alain will be pulled in March and April, and two other destinations in the Gulf area will be closed later in the year. (RJA) said the decision was based on the performance and economic feasibility of these routes; more capacity cuts will follow depending on booking levels.
(RJA) said it will implement a hiring freeze and increase staff productivity levels this year. Although (RJA) will maintain a “tight control on all aspects of capital expenditure,” it emphasized passenger service levels will not be affected.
(RJA) President & (CEO) Hussein Dabbas said the company also based its cost-cutting decisions on the declining tourism to Jordan and the Middle East in the 1st quarter. He said (RJA)’s financial results were “adversely affected” in 2011 due to the constant increase in fuel prices, leading to a +20% hike in operating costs. Revenues increased only +6% because of falling demand, canceling routes and decreasing frequencies in the Arab Spring.
(RJA) canceled >1,300 flights last year due to the political unrest in the region.
Dabbas said that “despite all the difficulties, (RJA) was able to achieve positive operational results during 2011.” Passengers carried rose +6% and load factor averaged 70% LF. The increase in number of passengers and revenues in previous years ranged between +15% and +20%.
March 2012: Royal Jordanian (RJA) reversed a prior decision to suspend service to Munich from Amman and Frankfurt.
April 2012: Royal Jordanian (RJA) President & (CEO) Hussein Dabbas has announced he will step down June 1, according to multiple media sources. Dabbas was promoted from VP Marketing, Sales & Services in August 2009, replacing President & (CEO) Samer Majali.
(IATA) named Hussein Dabbas as regional VP Middle East & North Africa (MENA). Dabbas has served as President & (CEO) of Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA) since 2009.
(RJA) earlier this year announced cost-cutting measures including reviewing fleet size, reducing its network, and implementing a hiring freeze to combat sharp increases in fuel prices and falling demand due to unrest in the region and the euro zone crisis. Its fuel costs in 2011 jumped +44% year-over-year to JD293 million/$411.7 million, compared to JD203 million/$285.3 million in 2010, pushing overall operations costs up approximately +20%.
In January, (RJA) said it expected revenues of JD682million/958.3 million for the full year 2011. It incurred a 1st-half 2011 net loss of -JOD39.2 million/-$55.5 million on a +3.5% increase in revenues to JOD303.7 million/$426.8 million.
It canceled >1,300 flights in 2011 due to the political unrest in the region. (RJA) celebrated its 48th anniversary on December 15, 2011.
May 2012: Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA)'s board of directors has appointed Abdul Rahman Al Khatib as interim President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Al Khatib will hold the position until a full-time replacement for outgoing President & (CEO) Hussein Dabbas is appointed, assuming the incumbent's duties "in case of his absence."
July 2012: Royal Jordanian (RJA) has decided to pull out of Syria with immediate effect given the increasing escalation of violence in the country. It had served both Aleppo International (ALP) and Damascus (DAM) airports up to 2x-daily from Amman Queen Alia International airport (AMM).
February 2013: Royal Jordanian (RJA) launched 2x-weekly, Amman - Algiers A320 service on February 25, increasing to 3x-weekly on April 1.
March 2013: Royal Jordan (RJA) became the 2nd carrier to operate on the 3,000 km route from Amman (AMM) to the capital of Algeria, Algiers (ALG), on February 25. 2x-weekly departures operated with a 110-seater A319 will be boosted to 3x-weekly from April, competing with Air Algerie (ALG), which already serves the route offering 2x-weekly flights. The addition of the new service brings the total of destinations served by (RJA) in North Africa up to 8, as (RJA) already offered 3 points each in Egypt and Libya, and 1 in Tunisia.
July 2013: Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA) commenced operations on the 4,800 km route from Amman (AMM) to Accra (ACC) in Ghana via Lagos (LOS) in Nigeria. Beginning on July 3, (RJA) operates a 2x-weekly schedule on the route using A330s. Amer Hadidi, (RJA)’s (CEO) commented: “We are following an expansion strategy to find new tourism and travel markets in different countries around the world in order to boost tourism to the kingdom and to generate more revenues for the airline, given the decline in tourism movement from the traditional markets of Europe and North America.”
November 2013: Royal Jordanian (RJA) inaugurated operations on its 5h route to Iraq with the launch of services on the 830 km route from Amman (AMM) to Mosul (OSM) in the north of the country. Beginning on November 12th, the route is offered with 2x-weekly frequencies using E175s. Royal Falcon (RFJ), Jordan’s 2nd carrier, provides competition on the route, which it serves with 1-weekly frequencies. Other Iraqi destinations operated by Royal Jordanian (RJA) are Baghdad, Erbil (each served with 9x-weekly frequencies), Basra and Sulaymaniyah (4x-weekly flights to each).
January 2014: Royal Jordanian ((IATA) Code: RJ, based at Amman Queen Alia) (RJA) has outlined its planned initial 787-8 service network. The 787 will be deployed on the following routes out of Amman Queen Alia on the following dates: Jeddah (July 1, 2014); Accra via Lagos (July 2, 2014); Montréal Trudeau (July 3, 2014); Chicago O'Hare (August 31, 2014); Sana (September 6, 2014) and Madinah (September 17, 2014). (RJA)'s 1st 2 out of 7 787-8s on order, (35312 & 35314), are due in the Middle East by late June.
(RJA) currently operates 32 airplanes, to 36 countries, 60 destinations on 69 routes and 113 daily flights.
February 2013: Oneworld (ONW) alliance member, Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA) is to axe Colombo and Milan, as well as the city of Alexandria, from its route network. (RJA) said the number of passengers has declined on these routes and rendered them "unfeasible".
(RJA) will cut the Alexandria service in April and the other 2 routes a month later. It said it "constantly reviews its route network" to examine the economic case for each destination, taking into account operating expense, the fleet required and the market share available. But (RJA) pointed out that it will be taking five of its 11 Boeing 787s from June this year, replacing some of its A330s and A340s, and that these will give the airline the chance to open new sectors.
AirFrance Industries (AFI) (KLM) (E&M) has contracted with Royal Jordanian (RJA) for component support on 13 A320s, including Main Base Kit, pool access and component repairs on a per-flight-hour basis.
May 2014: Royal Jordanian (RJA) announced the resignation of (CEO) Amer Hadidi. He will be succeeded by Chairman Nasser Lozi.
(RJA) has added Boeing's (TBC)'s Rotable Exchange Services program under a new 10-year agreement that provides a dedicated pool of parts for its fleet of 787s. Through the program, Boeing (TBC) provides a pool of parts specifically designed to meet each carrier's individual needs. The service cuts down on the replacement of airplane components, and also requires Boeing (TBC) to provide the repair, upgrade or warranty service as requested by the airline.
“We are eager to run the state-of-the-art 787, which will open new heights to us,” said Imadedeen Farahid Head of Engineering & Maintenance for (RJA). “In particular, this induction to the fleet will enhance the economics of operations and boost satisfaction of our passengers, helping us serve the (RJA) vision to always be the airline of choice.”
July 2014: Royal Jordanian (RJA) and Saudi Arabian hybrid carrier flynas (NAZ) have announced they are dropping routes due to the stresses facing smaller Middle East carriers compared with the region’s giants.
(RJA), the Jordanian national airline, which has suffered increased costs from having to route flights around neighboring Syria due to the ongoing civil war there, will cease services to Mumbai (September 10), Lagos (October 10) and Delhi (October 31). This follows a series of service suspensions to Accra, Alexandria, Colombo, and Milan in April and May. Additionally, it has transferred its Sharm El Sheikh scheduled service to charter subsidiary, Royal Wings.
Announcing the route closures, Royal Jordanian (RJA) Chairman, President & (CEO), Nasser Lozi said the move was due to the “aggressive growth of regional competition,” as well as increased operating costs.
Major operators, such as Emirates Airline (EAD) and Etihad Airways (EHD), are sharply ramping up their services to Indian destinations.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) said it was facing difficulties due both to continuing instability in the region and high fuel prices. Lozi noted (RJA) had also been forced to suspend operations to no fewer than seven destinations in the Middle East and North Africa due to security concerns over the past 2 years: Damascus, Aleppo, Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata, Mosul, and Tel Aviv.
(RJA) has been in the red for the past few years and 2014’s figures will not be helped by the string of closures and suspensions.
(RJA) is awaiting the arrival of its Boeing 787s, which it sees as an important weapon in keeping a competitive edge. The 1st is due to arrive in August and 5 should be on line by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, flynas (NAZ) has announced it will drop its 3x-weekly Jeddah - Manchester routes from August 1, just 3 months after it inaugurated the route. The privately owned Saudi airline announced the service in March, using leased Airbus A330s as part of a major expansion plan into mid- and long-haul services.
With the 3-day Islamic holiday of Eid Al-Fitr beginning Monday, nobody from flynas (NAZ) was available to comment on reasons for the decision, but Saudia (SVA) met the launch of (NAZ)’s Manchester service by relaunching its own 3x-weekly, Jeddah - Manchester service around a week before the first (NAZ) flight.
However, (NAZ) has said it remains committed to the UK market and on Sunday launched a 2x-weekly, Riyadh - London Gatwick route. This joins a Jeddah - Gatwick route launched in April.
August 2014: Boeing [TBC] and Royal Jordanian (RJA) celebrated the delivery of (RJA)’s 1st 787 Dreamliner on August 27th. (RJA) acquired this airplane through leasing company, AerCap (CLJ)/(DEA).
“We are delighted to receive our 1st 787, which will not only revolutionize the in-flight experience for our passengers, but also help Royal Jordanian (RJA) increase its competitiveness both regionally and internationally,” said (RJA) Chairman of the board, President & (CEO) Nasser Lozi. “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.”
The 787 is the world’s most technologically advanced airplane with composite materials making up 50% of the primary structure by weight, including the fuselage and wing. In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 will provide (RJA) with unrivaled fuel efficiency, using -20% less fuel than today’s similarly sized airplanes.
With this delivery, (RJA) becomes only the 2nd airline in the Middle East to operate the 787 (after Qatar Airways (QTA)).
In addition to providing airlines with unprecedented fuel economy and low operating costs, the 787 features a host of new technologies that greatly enhance the passenger experience. (RJA) will configure its Dreamliner to carry 24C passengers in business class and 246Y in economy class. (RJA) customers in all classes will also experience cabin environment improvements such as Light Emitting Diode (LED) mood lighting, larger windows, bigger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude, and enhanced ventilation systems among other features.
To support (RJA)’s 787 Dreamliners, Boeing (TBC) is providing a comprehensive suite of support and services through its Commercial Aviation Services business. (RJA) has received flight and maintenance training and will be using Airplane Health Management, a diagnostic and predictive capability, that evaluates airplane operations data, while airplanes are in flight and notifies ground crews of potential maintenance issues; a Rotable Exchange Program that provides a dedicated pool of high-value, mission-critical parts and manages inventory at a reduced cost; and Maintenance Performance Toolbox, a digital real-time-information tool that enables quick resolution of airplane maintenance issues.
(RJA) currently flies a network of over 50 global destinations and plans to deploy the 787 Dreamliner on services to North American destinations as well as to Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
To date, >180 787s have been delivered to 20 customers worldwide.
787-8 (37983, JY-BAA), delivery.
September 2014: Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA) posted an annual revenue of +JD744 million/$1.05 billion in 2013, down -7.2% from JD802 million in 2012 due to continued instability in the Middle East. Extensive efforts to reduce costs saw expenses dip to JD713 million, compared to JD722 million the previous year. Fuel made up 38% of costs.
(RJA) recently halted flights to 3 destinations in Libya and 1 in Iraq because of growing civil unrest. It had previously suspended Damascus and Aleppo service because of the Syrian civil war.
Additionally, (RJA) cut back services from Amman to Beirut from 4x- to 2x-daily, due to sharply reduced demand. The geography of the region means the service between the Jordanian and Lebanese capitals, which previously took 1 hour, now requires 1 hour and 45 minutes as flights must divert around Syrian airspace.
(RJA), in which the government is its biggest shareholder, did not reveal net profit figures.
Tourism to Jordan, a substantial component of passenger traffic, has declined due to the instability in the region.
(RJA)’s yields have been reportedly hit by intense competition from regional carriers.
In an effort to boost ancillary revenues, President & (CEO) Nasser Lozi said it was investing in areas such as airplane maintenance, ground handling and airport services.
One bright spot came from the arrival of (RJA)’s 1st 787 in August, with +4 more due to join the fleet by the end of the year. (RJA) has ordered 11, which will replace its Airbus A330s and A340s.
Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA) renewed its in-flight entertainment contract with Spafax.
October 2014: News Item A-1: Royal Jordanian ((IATA) Code: RJ, based at Amman Queen Alia) (RJA) is planning to commence international flights out of Aqaba, a Jordanian coastal city situated at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea. (RJA) the Jordanian carrier is contemplating launching Aqaba to Zurich via Amman Queen Alia at some point in the near future using either A319-100 or A320-200 equipment. Should it launch, it would be (RJA)'s 4th weekly frequency between Jordan and Zurich.
At present, (RJA)'s Aqaba services are limited to daily, Amman Queen Alia flights only.
News Item A-2: Royal Jordanian (RJA) has named Haitham Misto as its acting President & (CEO), replacing Nasser Lozi.
Misto will take up the acting position on October 26. He has been with (RJA) since joining as a pilot (FC) in 1983, and is currently (RJA) Head of Flight Operations.
Speaking at (RJA)’s (AGM) last month, Lozi said that the government and board were studying “a number of options” to return Royal Jordanian (RJA) to profitability.
April 2015: Royal Jordanian (RJA) has confirmed Captain Haitham Misto as its President & (CEO). He was named acting President & (CEO) last October; and (RJA)'s board has now formalized the appointment.
(RJA) said the former Head of Flight Operations possessed the necessary knowledge to implement the company’s strategic plan aimed at overcoming the challenges it faced.
(RJA) has faced a struggle in recent years, with the civil war in neighboring Syria and the more recent strife in Iraq putting a large block of nearby airspace and several destinations off-limits. This has led to an increase in fuel costs as (RJA) detours round the affected area and a sharp drop in passenger numbers to Beirut in neighboring Lebanon.
(RJA) is also facing increasing competition from the major Gulf carriers, and tourism has been hit as nervous foreign visitors stay away from attractions such as the ancient city of Petra.
It is pinning some of it hopes on the arrival throughout this year of its fleet of 787s to improve its costs, replacing fuel-thirsty A340s.
Misto is a 33-year veteran of (RJA). He holds an (MBA) in Aviation Management from Maastricht University, Netherlands.
July 2015: Royal Jordanian (RJA) began 2x-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) flights from Amman (AMM) to Tabuk (TUU) on July 15, the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance’s 5th destination in Saudi Arabia, joining its existing operations to Jeddah, Riyadh, Madinah, and Dammam. Operated by the (RJA)’s 69-seat E170s, the 378 km sector will face no direct competition.
November 2015: News Item A-1: "New Interim (CEO) Takes Helm at Royal Jordanian" by (ATW) Alan Dron, November 2, 2015.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) has appointed a former Chief Commissioner of the country’s Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (CARC) as Interim President & (CEO), following the resignation of Haithim Misto from the joint role.
Suleiman Obeidat is the latest in a succession of holders of the post in recent years. Hussein Dabbas was (CEO) for 3 years until July 2012; he was followed by Amer Hadidi, who resigned in April 2014. Chairman, Nasser Lozi, took over temporarily for 6 months until the arrival as Interim President/(CEO) of Misto, whose appointment was confirmed only in April this year.
A brief statement from (RJA) gave no reason for the latest change of personnel.
Obeidat has been elected a board member, but his mandate currently extends only for 3 months from October 27, in what (RJA) described as a transitional period.
As well as his role at (CARC) between 2007 and 2010, Obeidat was Director-General of the Jordan Civil Aviation Authority between 2004 and 2007. His previous roles at (RJA) have included that of Deputy President/Chief Technical Officer (CTO) from 2002 - 2004 and as VP Flight Operations for two years before that.
Like his immediate predecessor, he has had a long association with (RJA), stretching back as far as 1984 in a series of technical and managerial roles in (RJA)’s Flight Operations department.
As with many (RJA) personnel, Obeidat preceded his time at (RJA) with a lengthy spell as a pilot (FC) with the Royal Jordanian Air Force. He holds a BSc in military science and is a member of several committees in Arab and international aviation organizations.
(RJA) has been fighting increasing competition in recent years from both the expanding reach of the Gulf “Big Three” and of the new crop of Arab low-cost carriers (LCC)s. It has also been affected by the civil war in neighboring Syria.
December 2015: Royal Jordanian (RJA) anticipates achieving a profit in its full-year results, compared to a loss of close to -JD40 million/-$55 million in 2014, according to its new President & (CEO).
(RJA), the Jordanian flag-carrier turned in healthy figures for the 1st 9 months of the year and the comments of Suleiman Obeidat indicate that the improvement is likely to be maintained in the traditionally quieter (4Q) period.
(RJA) has been particularly badly affected by the unrest in the Middle East, with multiple outstations having to be closed because of violent uprisings and extended routes being required to skirt potentially dangerous airspace.
That, combined with the ever-growing competition from the major Gulf airlines and low-cost carriers (LCC)s in the region, has created considerable operational challenges for the Amman-based carrier.
A series of cost-cutting measures, together with the arrival of the 1st examples from an order for Boeing 787-8s, which have cut operational costs, compared to their predecessors in the fleet, has helped to pull (RJA) around. (RJA) has 7 787s on order. The arrival of the later airplanes will further reduce the fleet age from its current level of 5 years.
Initial plans are being laid to modernize the short-haul fleet, which is currently based around Airbus A319s, A320s and A321s, together with Embraer E175s and E195s for regional services. However, no decisions on types or timescales have yet been made.
After shutting multiple destinations for both commercial and security reasons, 2015 has seen the start of a gradual increase in the route map again, with the Turkish capital Ankara, together with the Saudi city of Tabuk and Najaf in Iraq being added to it. Plans are in hand for new destinations in East Asia.
February 2016: "Royal Jordanian Closes $275 Million Loan Facility"
by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann, February 19, 2016.
Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA) has closed its $275 million dual conventional and Islamic secured syndicated facility. The facility carries a term of 5 years. Proceeds will be primarily used to consolidate and refinance (RJA)’s existing debt and further support its ongoing strategic growth and turnaround plans.
“This will support (RJA)’s plans to carry out network expansion and fleet modernization, particularly that Royal Jordanian (RJA) will introduce more Boeing 787-8s to its fleet by the end of this year. Today 5 787s have been operating since 2014,” President & (CEO) Suleiman Obeidat said.
The syndicate is comprised of 7 banks based in Jordan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Qatar. They are Mashreq Bank, Arab Bank plc, Al Khalij Commercial Bank Q S C, Dubai Islamic Bank, and The Commercial Bank/Qatar, acting as Mandated Lead Arrangers, Arab Jordan Investment Bank as Lead Arranger and Bank al-Etihad as Arranger. Mashreq Bank acted as the sole book-runner for the loan.
(RJA) reported in December, that it anticipates achieving a profit in its full-year results, compared to a loss of nearly -JD40 million/$55 million in 2014. (RJA), the Jordanian flag carrier turned in healthy figures for the first nine months of the year.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) has been particularly affected by the unrest in the Middle East, as it had to close multiple outstations because of violent uprisings and extend routes to skirt potentially dangerous airspace.
March 2016: News Item A-1: Royal Jordanian (RJA) recorded a net profit of +JD16 million/+$22.5 million in 2015, reversed from a loss of -JD39.6 million in 2014.
(RJA), the Jordanian flag carrier had been forced to close several destinations due to security concerns and increased competition on long-haul routes from the Gulf airlines “Big Three” as well as several low-cost carriers (LCC)s on regional services.
Given that backdrop, (RJA) Chairman, Suleiman Hafez said the latest financial results were particularly impressive. Speaking in Amman March 15, he said travel and tourism to both the Middle East generally and to Jordan in particular had been affected by geopolitical instability.
The company, which has not yet posted its full financial results in English, has been undergoing a restructuring process. In 2015, Hafez said it had slashed operating costs -22%, from JD715 in 2014 to JD559 last year.
What he described as fierce competition had resulted in lower revenues, although this had been offset to some extent by lower fuel costs. Those lower fuel prices had also helped blunt an estimated JD12.3 million in losses caused by the suspension of destinations such as Sana’a and Aden in Yemen, where a war is raging between a Saudi-led coalition and Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
No fewer than 6 other former Royal Jordanian (RJA) destinations throughout the Middle East also remain suspended because of conflicts.
(RJA) has significantly revamped its route map, dropping a cluster of poorly performing routes and opening new ones.
Several destinations on the Indian sub-continent (such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Colombo) have been cut as a result of competition from other Arab carriers, while Lagos, Accra, Milan, Alexandria, and Al Ain have also disappeared. In their place have come new destinations such as Tabuk (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Ankara, Jakarta, and Guangzhou, with the last of those due to be launched next week.
News Item A-2: Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA) began 3x-weekly, Amman - Guangzhou service on March 21.
November 2016: 6th 787-8 delivery.
January 2017: JorAMCo (RJA) signed a contract with Lufthansa (DLH) to perform "C" checks/cabin modifications on 2 Airbus A340s in the 2017 1st quarter.
February 2017: Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJA) completed its long-haul fleet harmonization process on January 24, after taking delivery of the final Boeing 787-8 out of an order for 7. The new 787 fleet replaces its aging Airbus A340-200 and A330-200 aircraft.
(RJA) President & (CEO) Suleiman Obeidat said that this airplane, along with a 6th 787 that joined the fleet in November 2016, is on capital lease, while the 1st 5 787s are on operating leases.
(RJA) started 787 operations at end of 2014. “The 787s paved the way for (RJA) to step into a significant new era, a step that pushes the national carrier of Jordan forward in terms of in-flight services and route network, enhancing its regional and international competitiveness,” Obeidat said. He added that all 787s (together with the A320 family and Embraer jets) help the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance carrier meet its operational needs and leverage passenger experience.
April 2017: Royal Jordanian (RJA)'s charter subsidiary, Royal Wings (RWG), will reinforce its initial scheduled services from the Jordanian resort of Aqaba, with a 2nd destination.
Royal Wings (RWG) already operates scheduled services from the Lebanese capital of Beirut. It will now offer a 2x-weekly service from the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
The head of the Gulf of Aqaba, the NE-most point of the Red Sea, is a popular holiday destination; immediately across the Jordanian-Israeli border from Aqaba is the Israeli resort town of Eilat.
Royal Wings (RWG) is operating the flights in cooperation with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority. The new Cairo route is expected to revive tourism in Aqaba. The town is a jumping-off point for several historic attractions, including the ancient remains of the city of Petra. The area is also the site of several locations that feature in the history of Christianity.
Apart from tourists, the new Cairo flight will serve thousands of Egyptian workers in Aqaba.
May 2017: Royal Jordanian (RJA) reported a 2016 net loss of -JD24.6 million/-$34.5 million, a sharp reversal from 2015’s net profit of +JD16 million. (RJA), the Jordanian national carrier cited hefty provisions for foreign exchange losses for the negative results.
(RJA) also was affected by reduced yields over the year, as competition led to lower ticket prices. Full-year revenues declined -9% year-over-year to JD598.3 million as a result of increased competition from both full-service airlines and low cost carriers (LCC)s. (RJA)’s fare levels dropped -11%.
Chairman Said Darwazeh told shareholders the main reason for the loss was the need to make provision of JD19.5 million for the devaluation of the Sudanese pound and Egyptian pound. A further provision of JD3.5 million had been required to cover the cost of voluntary staff release, he said.
A -9% drop in operating revenues was partly offset by a -6% reduction in costs from JD559.1 million in 2015 to JD527.7 million in 2016. This helped it attain a modest operating profit of +JD5 million compared to +JD29.6 million in 2015, but that figure was wiped out by the provisions for currency exchange problems.
To help its bottom line, (RJA) intends to investigate means of gaining more benefit from its interests in other companies, such as Dnata Catering, Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Company and Jordan Airline Training & Simulation.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) has received all 7 of its ordered Boeing 787-8s, which Darwazeh described as an important factor in helping (RJA) respond to competitors. The 6th and 7th 787s entered service over the past year on a capital lease basis, a payment method that ends with ownership of the aircraft. The 1st 5 787s were acquired on an operational lease basis.
(RJA) directly contributes about 3% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Jordan. In recent weeks, it has been hit by the USA and UK ban on large personal electronic devices (PED)s being carried in the cabin.
August 2017: Royal Jordanian (RJA) has announced a series of measures to strengthen its income as (RJA) faces increasing competition in its home market.
(RJA), the Jordanian national carrier, as 1 of the smaller flag carriers in the region, has found itself under increasing pressure in recent years on 2 fronts: The “Middle East 3”: Etihad Airways (EHD), Emirates Airline (EAD) and Qatar Airways (QTA) have deployed their rapidly growing fleets to Amman and other points on Royal Jordanian (RJA)’s route network, while several regional low cost carriers (LCC)s such as flydubai (FDB) and Air Arabia (ABZ) have also been siphoning traffic from (RJA)’s revenue pool.
(RJA) has unveiled several measures it hopes will attract more passengers, including:
* An online bidding system by which passengers holding confirmed economy (Y)-class tickets can bid for an upgrade to (RJA)’s "Crown Class" business (C) cabin.
* Paid-for executive lounge pass at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport for economy (Y)-cabin passengers up to 3 hours before departure and online duty-free purchases prior to a flight.
(RJA) hopes to increase its income by unbundling some facets of its services, (RJA) President & (CEO) Stefan Pichler said. We at (RJA) will follow and listen to our guests and make our products available in a convenient way. Our guests should be able to tailor their trip according to their needs.”
The new services were another stage in enhancing passengers’ travel experience by offering unbundled and flexible services, Pichler said.
October 2017: JorAMCo (RJA) has a Lufthansa (DLH) contract to perform C-Checks on 5 Airbus A340s and 2 A320s.
November 2017: News Item A-1: A change in pricing strategy to stimulate the market, plus tight capacity control, were 2 of the factors behind a considerably improved (3Q) financial performance by Royal Jordanian (RJA). (RJA), the Jordanian flag carrier posted a 3rd-quarter net profit of +JD31.8 million/+$44.9 million, compared to +JD12.9 million in the year-ago period.
News Item A-2: Royal Jordanian (RJA) has outlined a 5-year turnaround plan that (RJA), the Jordan flag carrier hopes will consolidate its currently improving financial position. (RJA) President & (CEO) Stefan Pichler said the aim was to position (RJA) as the pre-eminent network carrier in the Levant. It would do this by attaining sustainable profitability, delivering a consistent customer experience across all touch points and becoming the region’s employer of choice.
January 2018: Royal Jordanian (RJA) has implemented additional security measures on flights to the USA, from January 18.
The additional measures (which include interviews with every passenger at check-in or the boarding gate) apply to all international airlines operating direct flights to the USA, and include all nationalities flying to the USA, with no exception.
While USA authorities adopted the new security measures in October 2017, they granted airlines the option of delaying implementation for a limited period of time.
(RJA), the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance member said passengers are still required to be at the airport 3 hours prior to their scheduled USA-bound flights in order to avoid delays and allow more time for the implementation of the new security procedures.
(RJA) operates 11x-weekly flights to the USA from its hub Amman, including Chicago O’Hare, New York (JFK) and Detroit, Michigan, with a connection in Montreal, Canada.
February 2018: Joramco named Abdelmalek Murad as (COO) Engineering division.
April 2018: Royal Jordanian (RJA) broke even in 2017, a significant improvement on the previous year’s performance. (RJA) made a modest net profit of +JD274,000/+$386,000 after a 2016 net loss of -JD24.6 million. Revenues showed an improvement at +JD623 million, up from +JD598 million. The performance for the financial year to December 31, 2017 showed a considerable turnaround from the 1st half, in which Royal Jordanian (RJA) recorded a loss of -JD26.3 million.
November 2018: "Royal Jordanian (3Q) Net Profit Down 28% as Fuel Prices Rise" by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann (email@example.com), November 2, 2018.
Faced with a significant rise in fuel costs, Royal Jordanian (RJA) reported a 3rd-quarter (3Q) net profit decline of -28% to +JD22.9 million/+$32.3 million compared to the year-ago period.
(RJA), the Jordanian flag carrier’s fuel bill increased +43% to JD41.3 million year-over-year (YOY). To deal with fuel costs, (RJA) has been offering “continuous sales promos,” President & (CEO) Stefan Pichler said. The marketing efforts contributed to a +7% (3Q) increase in the number of passengers carried, resulting in a 2% point boost in load factor to 77% LF, he said.
Revenues grew +2% YOY to JD198 million, while operating costs rose by +9% to JD153 million. For the 1st 9 months, passenger numbers grew +4%, while load factor increased from 71% LF to 74% LF (YOY).
The company reported a +JD10.2 million net profit for the 9-month period, a +87% increase. 9-month operating revenues grew +8% to JD510 million, and operating costs grew +6% to JD430 million.
In November 2017, (RJA) the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance carrier instituted a 5-year turnaround plan to improve the company’s financial position.
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0 707-3J6C (JT3D-7 HK) (874-20720, /73 JY-AJN; 879-20723, /74 JY-AJO), EX-(BEJ), FREIGHTER. 40T.
0 707-324C (JT3D-7 HK) (587-19353, /67 9G-JNR), EX-(CAL), (OMG) LEASED, OPERATIONS BY JASON AIR. FREIGHTER. 40T.
0 707-336C (JT3D-3B) (645-19498, /67 N14AZ), EX-(BAB), (ACT) LEASED 1992-02. FREIGHTER. 40T.
0 707-365C (JT3D-3B) (654-19590, /67 LV-WXL), EX-(BRJ), (OMG) LEASED 1992-06, WET-LEASED TO (AGF). FREIGHTER. 40T.
0 737-2R4C (JT8D) (1034-23129, /84 70-ACQ), (YEM) WET-LEASED 1999-07, RETURNED.
0/0 ORDERS (2005-09) 737NG. 5/5 CANCELED.
1 737-7BC BBJ (CFM56-7B26) (747-30884, /01 VP-BFA), ZEPHYR LTD LEASED 2004-01, GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS, WITHOUT TITLES. (VIP).
7 787-8 (GEnx) DREAMLINER (35312, 2014-08; 35314, 2014-09; 37983, JY-BAA, 2014-08; 37984, JY-BAG "Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein" - SEE PHOTO; 39785, JY-BAH "PRINCE FAISAL BIN AL-HUSSEIN" 2017-01), (CLG)/(DEA) LEASED, 24C, 246Y.
7 +1 ORDER 787-8 (GEnx) DREAMLINER, INCLUDING 6 (TCI) LEASED AND 2 (ILF) LEASED, 24C, 246Y.
3 787-8 (GEnx) DREAMLINER (GEnx), (LCAL) LEASED, 24C, 246Y.
0 A300B4-203F (CF6-50C2) (129, /81 SU-BMZ), (TZZ) WET-LEASED 2002-04. RETURNED.
0 A300B4-622R (PW4158) (601, /91 JY-GAX; 616, /91 JY-GAZ), EX-(EGP) 2001-01), LEASED TO (ALG) 2001-02. RETURNED.
0 A310-203 (CF6-80A3) (295, /83 JY-AGU; 306, /84 JY-JAV) RETURNED FROM (ALG) 1999-05, 306 WET-LEASED TO (LAA) 2000-08, 295 WET-LEASED TO (LAA) 2000-12. RETURNED. 16F, 195Y.
0 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (416, /86 JY-AGP), EX-(KEN), (GEF) 27 MONTH LEASED 2002-02. SCRAPPED & PARTED OUT 2011-01. 18C, 188Y.
0 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (661, /93 JY-AGL), EX-(LAB), (ILF) 3 YEAR LEASED 1999-09. RETURNED. 18C, 188Y.
0 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (598, /91 JY-AGS; 491, /89 JY-AGM "PRINCE HAMZEH;" 531, /90 JY-AGN "PRINCESS HAYA"), 1 (ILF) 3 YEAR LEASED 1998-10, 598 RETURNED 2002-09, 445 CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER 2003-03. 490 CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER 2003-11. FREIGHTER.
1 A310-304F (CF6-80C2A2) (445, /88 F-ODVF "PRINCESS RAIYAH;" 490, /89 F-ODVG "PRINCE FAISAL"), 1 LEASED TO (TAP) 2007-10. FREIGHTER.
0 A310-308 (CF6-80C2A8) (573, /91 JY-AGK), (GAX) LEASED 1999-11, EX-(EAD). 18C, 188Y.
0 A310-308 (CF6-80C2A8) (663, /93 JY-AGT "KADHMA"), (KUW) 2 YEAR LEASED 1998-10, RETURNED. 16F, 195Y.
0 A310-325 (674), (AFIS) LSD 2000-07, NTU, TO (AIN).
3 +1 ORDER A319-132 (3428, JY-AYL, 3/08; 3522, JY-AYK "TAFILA" 2008-05), (ILF) LEASED. 110 PASSENGERS, 2 CLASS.
0 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (407, /93 F-OHGC), EX-(TAP), (IBIS) LEASED 1999-07, RETURNED. 12F, 132Y.
1 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (087, /90 F-OGYA "CAIRO;" 088, /90 F-OGYB "BAGHDAD;" 569, /96 F-OGYC), 087; & 088; SOLD TO WELLS FARGO BANK 2006-12. 569; WET-LEASED TO SUBSIDIARY ROYAL WINGS (RYW) 1996-03. 12F, 132Y.
0 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (289, /92 F-OHGB), EX-(OMR), (GAX) LEASED 1999-07, RETURNED. 12F, 132Y.
1 A320-214 (V2527-A5) (2692, /06 JY-AYF "AQABA"), (BOU) LEASED 2006-02. 16C, 120Y.
2 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (2598, /05 JY-AYD, 2005-11; 4670, JY-AYQ), 16C, 120Y.
1 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (2649, /06 F-OHGV; 2953, F-OHGX "MADABA" 2006-11), (ALAFCO) (AVF) LEASED. 16C, 120Y.
1 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (2692, /06 JY-AYF), (BOU) LEASED 2006-02. 16C, 120Y.
0 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (3803, JY-AYN, 2009-02; 3832, JY-AYP, 2009-03), AERVENTURE LEASED. 16C, 120Y.
0 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (4853, JY-AYS), EX-(F-WWBE), (AWW) LEASED 2011-10. 16C, 120Y.
1 ORDER A321-200.
1 A321-211 (CFM56-5B3/P) (675, /97 F-OHGU), EX-(ACN), (GAX) LEASED 2005-06, 20C, 148Y.
1 A321-211 (CFM56-5B3/P) (761, /98 F-GTAF), (GAX) LEASED 2004-07. 20C, 148Y.
0 A321-231 (V2533-A5) (2730, /06 JY-AYG, 2006-04; 2793, /06 JY-AYH, 2006-06; 3458, JY-AYJ, 2008-04), (ILF) LEASED. 2730; & 2793; RETURNED & LEASED TO (CYP) 2012-06. 20C, 148Y.
1 A321-231 (5177, JY-AYV "MADABA"), 2012-06.
3 A330-200 (970, JY-AIE "JORDAN RIVER;" 979, JY-AIF "PRINCE ALI BIN AL HUSSEIN" - - SEE PHOTO - - "RJA-A330-200-2010-07"), 24C, 259Y.
1 A330-223F (1164, OE-IFJ), SEEN 2017-08. FREIGHTER.
0 A340-212 (CFM56-5C3/F) (014, /93 F-OHLP, 6/03 "PRINCESS SALMA BINT ABDULLAH;" 022, /93 F-OHLQ, 2003-05 "QUEEN RANIA ALABDULAH;" 038, /94 JY-AIA "PRINCE HUSSEIN BIN ABDULLAH;" 043, /94 JY-AIB "PRINCESS IMAN BINT ABDULLAH"), EX-(ALB)/(MNR), (AFIS) LEASED 2002-08. 8 RETURNED & REPLACED BY 787-8 FLEET. 24C, 230Y.
1 A340-212 (CFM56-5C3/F) (009, /93 JY-ABH), IN (RJA) COLORS WITH GOVERNMENT TITLES. GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS. (VIP) ROYAL FLIGHT.
0 L-1011-500 (RB211-524B4) (193H-1247, /83 JY-HKJ), RETURNED. (VIP) GOVERNMENT.
2 CANADAIR CL-604 CHALLENGER (CF34-3B) (5426, /99 JY-ONE; 5443, /00 JY-TWO), GOVERNMENT (VIP).
0 DASH 8-402 (4041, /01 JY-ASM; 4044, /01 JY-ASN, 12/05), FOR (RJA) EXPRESS OPERATIONS. RETURNED 4041 & 4044 TO BOMBARDIER. 72Y.
3 E175 (00223, JY-EMC), (JTS) 8 YEAR LEASED 2010-08. 72Y.
7 +6 OPTIONS EMBRAER E195 (CF34-10E7) (00050, JY-EME "JERASH" 2006-11 - SEE PHOTO; 00067, JY-EMF "PETRA" 2007-03 (GEF) LEASED; 00088, JY-EMG, 2007-06; 00107, JY-EMA, 2007-09; 00131, JY-EMB, 2007-11; 00223, JY-EMC, 2008-05), 2 CLASS, 12C, 88Y.
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RJA-9-TIYMOR KALIRNAT - 2013-12
SAID DARWAZEH, CHAIRMAN.
STEFAN PELCHER, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
FAWAZ KHAIRY, DEPUTY PRESIDENT/CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER (CTO).
STEPHEN MALLETT, DEPUTY PRESIDENT/CHIEF RESOURCES OFFICER.
MUWAFAQ NAWASRAH, DEPUTY PRESIDENT/HEAD OF FINANCE.
ZIAD AL KAYYED, LEGAL ADVISOR.
ZEID KELANI, EXECUTIVE VP TECHNICAL.
IMADEDEEN FARAHID, HEAD ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
GUIDO RUTHER, HEAD PLANNING, NETWORK MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT.
AHMED ABU RAGREB, HEAD INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) DEPARTMENT.
ABDELMALEK MURAD, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO) JORAMCO (2018-02).
FRASER CURRIE, CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER (CCO) JORAMCO (2018-08).
Fraser has worked in aviation for 38 years. The last 12 years at senior executive level. Prior to taking up his current position, Fraser was (CEO) at Texel Air, a Bahrain based 737 cargo airline, when he awarded Joramco a major transition check last year on 1 of Texel’s 737-300 airplanes, an experience he states was very positive.
Fraser’s senior executive experience spans several companies including: Qualitair, Cobham PLC/FR Aviation and (BAE) Systems. At the start of his career, he was qualified as Licensed Engineer (B1) before moving into management positions.
He is passionate about continual improvement in business and therefore leads from the front combining his experience and industry best practice. In terms of academic learning, Fraser studied an (MBA) with the Open University and his most recent experience was as part of a Senior Executive Program at INSEAD Business School.
TAGREED AKASHEH, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS (AMMOVRJ) (firstname.lastname@example.org).
GEOFFREY WESTON, VP CARGO (2006-03).
CAPTAIN GABRIEL SIVZATTIAN, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT CORPORATE SAFETY (AMMNXRJ) (email@example.com).
CAPTAIN MOHD QUMUQ, CHIEF PILOT 707, 747, 767.
CAPTAIN RAMI BAARA, CHIEF PILOT A310.
BASHIR ABDEL-HADI, GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING (AMMMDRJ) (2000-12).
CAPTAIN AMAD HATAHET, CHIEF PILOT A320.
A QUMUQ, ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT MAINTENANCE.
A GIBELIN, ASSISTANT VP QUALITY CONTROL (QC).
HAKEM HABABNEH, DIRECTOR FLEET QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA).
BERNABA VARELDZIS, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL (2000-01).
GHABI HADDAD, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING PLANNING (2000-01).
I KAKISH, DIRECTOR LINE MAINTENANCE.
HAMOUD AMAR, DIRECTOR SERVICE ENGINEERING (2001-03).
JAMAL SAUDI, DIRECTOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS.
MAI OMAISH, DIRECTOR E-BUSINESS.
ABDEL-QADER KILANI, DIRECTOR NETWORK MANAGEMENT.
HAITHAM AL HASSAN, DIRECTOR TRAINING.
IMAN RIHANI, DIRECTOR PUBLIC RELATIONS (PR).
SALEH AL-TAYYEB, DIRECTOR SECURITY.
WAJIH AL DOGUM, DIRECTOR SUPPORT.
TIYMOR KALIRNAT, MANAGER TECHNICAL PROCUREMENT & CHAIRMAN (IATA) MAINTENANCE COST TASK FORCE (MCTF).
GHASSAN BASLAN, MANAGER SERVICE ENGINEERING.
ANWAR TAMINI, MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE.
MOHAMMAD QADDOURA, AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE MANAGER (1998-07).
S DASAN, MANAGER RELIABILITY.
HAYA SAWALKA, RECRUITMENT MANAGER.