Royal Jordanian took delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner on 27 August 2014. The new type is set to play central role in the middle eastern airline’s strategic plan for fleet modernization. Amman based Royal Jordanian acquired the Dreamliner through leasing company AerCap. The aircraft will fly the London Heathrow and New York JFK routes, among others.
“We are delighted to receive our first 787 which will not only revolutionize the inflight experience for our passengers but also help Royal Jordanian increase its competitiveness both regionally and internationally,” said Royal Jordanian chairman of the board, president and CEO Nasser Lozi.
With this delivery, Royal Jordanian becomes only the second airline in the Middle East to operate the 787, Qatar Airways being the first. Jordanian is expected to receive nine more Dreamliners by the end of 2015. The 787 aircraft are expected to gradually replace the current Airbus 340s and 330s,
“The Middle East is one of the world’s highest growth areas for commercial aviation and we are proud that Royal Jordanian has selected the 787 to spearhead its fleet modernization strategy and route expansion plans,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with Royal Jordanian well into the future.”
To support Royal Jordanian’s Dreamliners, Boeing is providing a comprehensive suite of support and services through its Commercial Aviation Services business. Royal Jordanian has received 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.
To date, more than 180 Dreamliners have been delivered to 20 customers worldwide.
Source: Boeing, with with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest