Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Royal Jordanian announced an update to Royal Jordanian’s widebody fleet at the Dubai Airshow. As part of this agreement, the airline has placed an order for four 787-9 Dreamliner jets. Moreover, Jordan’s flag carrier confirmed its previous order for two 787-9s. This brings the total number of 787-9s in their backlog to six. This move reflects Royal Jordanian’s commitment to growth and modernization.
“Our decision to add the 787-9 Dreamliners to our fleet is a testament to our dedication to providing an unparalleled travel experience,” said Samer Majali, vice chairman and CEO of Royal Jordanian. “This move aligns seamlessly with our broader strategy of fleet modernization, emphasizing fuel efficiency, sustainability, and passenger comfort. As we embark on this journey, we are confident that the Dreamliner’s cutting-edge technology will play a pivotal role in elevating our operational capabilities.”
Royal Jordanian operates a fleet of seven 787-8 planes. Adding to their Dreamliner family will enhance the airline’s ability to transport more passengers and cargo over longer distances. With room for up to 296 passengers, the 787-9 can cover a range of 14,010 kilometers (7,565 nautical miles). This will allow Royal Jordanian to serve new destinations. The airline will also extend its reach on routes already flying on the 787-8 aircraft.
Royal Jordanian Dreamliner Commitment
“Royal Jordanian, having been the first in the Middle East to order the 787 over 16 years ago, continues to lead in adopting advancements in aviation,” said Majali. “The airline’s current fleet of seven 787-8 Dreamliners has proven successful in connecting Amman to major global destinations. The additional order underscores Royal Jordanian’s forward-looking approach and commitment to meeting the growing demand for long-haul travel.”
“This order for additional 787s is a testament to Royal Jordanian’s longstanding commitment to the market-leading capabilities of the Dreamliner,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are confident Royal Jordanian will profitably expand its network and operate a more sustainable fleet with these new fuel-efficient jets.”
Enhanced In-Flight Connectivity for Existing 787 Fleet
Boeing Global Services will also offer modification services for Royal Jordanian’s current 787s. The mods will enhance in-flight connectivity for passengers and crew. Under the agreement, Boeing will handle the engineering work and supply mod kits.
787 Launches 380 Direct Routes Worldwide
Since its introduction in 2011, the 787 family has enabled the launch of over 380 new direct routes worldwide. The 787 Dreamliner family reduces fuel use and CO2 by 25% compared to previous aircraft models.
Growing Demand for Widebodies in the Middle East
According to Boeing’s 2023 Commercial Market Outlook (CMO), the Middle East expects a growing demand for widebody planes. This comes as air travel between major population centers continues to rise. The CMO predicts the delivery of 3,025 new commercial aircraft by 2042, with almost half being widebodies.