Royal Jordanian looking to upgrade to Boeing 787-9s

Airline’s current 787 fleet features only -8 model

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AMMAN — Royal Jordanian Airlines has signaled that it is looking to upgrade its fleet, as it is seeking to acquire three Boeing 787-9s, international aviation news outlet FlightGlobal reported on Monday.اضافة اعلان

The airline’s current 787 fleet, seven aircraft in all, is entirely made up of the smaller -8 model.

Modern jetsIn its newly-released annual report for 2022, Royal Jordanian reiterates that it is working to modernize its fleet with 20 Airbus A320neos and 10 Embraer E2s. Its single-aisle fleet includes 15 A320-family jets and four Embraer 175s and 195s.

The airline adds that talks are ongoing to increase the number of 787s and replace older ones.

Royal Jordanian says it expects to conclude a lease agreement for three 787-9s and had been looking to reach a deal in the first quarter of this year.

Between the pandemic and oil pricesThe airline’s full-year financial statement for 2022 confirms an operating loss of JD58 million and net losses of JD79 million, with total liabilities still exceeding total assets by JD68 million.

The carrier says the pandemic crisis “looks to be over” based on travel demand, but it highlights the uncertainty posed by fluctuations in oil prices.

It is striving to restore all operations affected by the pandemic, and aims to add seven additional destinations to its network this year, while looking to serve transit traffic by improving coordination of arriving and departing flights at the Amman hub.

Global destinationsRoyal Jordanian says its network will feature 364 weekly services — mainly in the MENA region, but with some flights connecting to North America and Europe.

The airline noted that it is hoping to resume services to the Syrian and Libyan routes of Damascus, Aleppo, Tripoli, and Benghazi “as soon as security conditions permit”.

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