Royal Jordanian will receive the third Airbus A330 aircraft, replacing the two A310 passenger aircraft, slated to phase out in the near future. With the new addition, the RJ fleet will comprise 32 planes that serve 59 direct destinations.
RJ President/CEO Hussein Dabbas said that the decision to introduce the aircraft was part of the airline’s plan to modernize its fleet and replace the long-serving aircraft with modern planes, thus offering passengers the highest levels of comfort, especially during long-range flights.
Dabbas mentioned that this aircraft is leased on a long term operating lease until January 2017, to cover part of the RJ route network in light of the delay in the delivery of the 11 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which will start joining the fleet in early 2014.
He added that the aircraft will operate on the long- and medium-range routes, among which are Colombo and the Nigerian capital, Lagos, a new route which the airline is planning to open before the end of this year.
The RJ president pointed out that the three A330s besides the four A340s will allow RJ to broaden its long-range network and thus serve new destinations in different worldwide points. RJ, the oneworld carrier, introduced the first two A330 aircraft in May 2010 which are currently run to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and London.
RJ’s Airbus A330 is a wide-bodied aircraft that seats 283 passengers, 24 in Crown class. It holds 15 tons of cargo and flies a range of 13,400 km non stop.
It enjoys very high standards of comfort and luxury, in terms of seat pitch and in-flight entertainment systems, on all Crown and Economy seats, where each passenger can watch his/her favorite program on a personal in-seat screen.
This type of aircraft is bound to provide passengers more comfort and a seamless travel experience, in view of the wide distance that separates the seats: 32” in the economy class and 62” in the Crown Class, where seats can recline to be lie flat.
The plan to modernize part of the airline medium-haul fleet includes replacement of the current six Airbus A320s and 321s with newly manufactured ones of the same model, and the addition of one new aircraft (that joined the fleet last May). After receiving the seven aircraft, the medium-range fleet will comprise 13 new aircraft of the A320 family: four Airbus A319, four A321s and five A320s.
The majority of RJ aircraft are considered young at international level, and this will ensure better passenger satisfaction and higher service standards, while helping the airline save time and money for aircraft maintenance.
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