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Royal Jordanian adds 7th Boeing 787 to its fleet


AMMAN: A new Boeing 787-8 was introduced to the RJ fleet on January 24. It landed at Queen Alia International Airport straight from Boeing manufactures in Seattle and is the seventh 787 (Dreamliner) to become part of the airline fleet.

RJ president/CEO Captain Suleiman Obeidat expressed satisfaction with the addition of this new 787 to the currently operating six aircraft of the same type, which RJ started to receive at the end of 2014 as part of the plan to modernize its long-haul fleet.

He said that this aircraft along with the sixth aircraft which joined the fleet in November 2016 are on capital lease, while the first five are operationally leased.

The Dreamliners replace the Airbus 340s and 330s the company previously had.

He explained that the 787s paved the way for RJ to step into a significant new era, a step that pushes the national carrier of Jordan forward in terms of inflight services and route network, enhancing its regional and international competitiveness.

He added that all new 787-8 aircraft, together with the operating A320 family and Embraer jets, help RJ meet its operational needs and leverage passengers’ experience.

Today RJ’s fleet age does not exceed five years, a young, and modern, fleet when compared regionally and internationally.

Captain Obeidat pointed out that the wide-body, revolutionary aircraft is capable to fly long distances with full load non stop, making it a suitable choice for RJ to run it to North America, the Far East and Europe.

The state-of-the-art features and high specifications of the 787s offer higher levels of comfort and luxury to the RJ clients.

The Dreamliners have improved ventilation and humidity levels onboard, taking the travel experience to a new level, offering passengers more comfort and significantly reducing jetlag. It is also designed to be able to monitor safety and inform the ground systems about the need of maintenance.

Customers in all classes experience cabin environment improvements, such as LED mood lighting, larger windows, bigger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other features.

The aircraft is built of carbon-fiber composite materials and has a powerful electrical system to reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency. It consumes 20 per cent less fuel than today’s similarly sized airplanes, enabling it to offer an exclusive eco-friendly performance.

The new planes also enable airlines to increase their cargo revenues by providing about 20 to 30 per cent more cargo capacity than the current airplanes of the same size.

According to Boeing’s figures and statistics of 2016, airlines operate 500 Boeing 787s worldwide while 700 are to be delivered.

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