RJ gets new oneworld livery Airbus
Amman, March 24, 2009
The Royal Jordanian (RJ) Airlines has recently acquired a new Airbus A319, coloured with the oneworld alliance livery on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the alliance.
RJ is a part of the oneworld alliance since April 1, 2007.
The new Airbus, named Ajloun after one of the main cities in northern Jordan, will fly with the oneworld livery colours until February 2010, said RJ president and CEO Samer Majali.
This move is part of the initiatives announced in Madrid last February to mark oneworld’s tenth birthday, among which is a standard oneworld livery that all of its member airlines will adopt on a proportion of their fleets, as a symbol of their renewed commitment to the alliance.
The RJ fleet now consists of 30 aircraft operating to 55 direct destinations and additional 700 destinations served by RJ’s partners in the oneworld airline alliance.
Majali said that by introducing this aircraft the airline concluded its short- and medium-haul fleet modernisation program launched in 2004.
According to the strategic plan, nineteen newly-manufactured aircraft, four of which are Airbus A321s, four Airbus A320s, four Airbus A319s, five Embraer 195s and two Embraer 175s, joined the fleet starting 2006.
He pointed out that the new aircraft is the fourth Airbus A319 that joins the fleet, and the second that provides mobile OnAir services, enabling RJ passengers to stay connected while in flight, using mobile phones to make and receive calls, exchange text and multimedia messages.
The service also allows passengers to send e-mails and access the Internet through smartphones or any other mobile phone equipped with the GPRS service.
Majali added that Ajloun is dedicated to serve the medium-range destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Indian subcontinent.
He said that the airline designated names of Jordanian cities on its new aircraft as a part of its mission of promoting Jordan to the world.
Majali mentioned that the company is still studying and comparing between several alternatives to modernize its long-range fleet, in light of last year's announcement that Boeing delayed delivering the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner scheduled to join the fleet in 2010.
In 2006 the airline placed its order to introduce about 11 Boeing 787s under the airline's long-haul fleet modernisation program.
The company's strategy for 2009, he stressed, involves modernising the Airbus A340s currently servicing the long-range destinations, by synchronizing them with the distinguished amenities offered passengers onboard the other new aircraft.
Majali pointed out that last year RJ modernised three of its Airbus A310 aircraft that serve the long- and medium-range destinations at a cost of JD10 million. The renovation comprised full modernization of all the aircraft parts, interiors, entertainment systems and the engines. – TradeArabia News Service
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