Royal Jordanian has placed an order with Boeing for four 787-9 Dreamliner jets as the airline expands and modernises its widebody fleet.
The deal was announced at the Dubai Airshow where Jordan’s flag carrier also reconfirmed a previous order for two 787-9s, bringing its total 787-9 backlog to six.
Samer Majali, vice chairman and chief executive of Royal Jordanian, said: “Our decision to add the 787-9 Dreamliners to our fleet is a testament to our dedication to providing an unparalleled travel experience.
“This move aligns seamlessly with our broader strategy of fleet modernisation, emphasising 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.”
Building on Royal Jordanian’s fleet of seven 787-8 airplanes, the airline states that addition of another member of the Dreamliner family will enable it to fly more passengers and cargo farther.
The 787-9 can fly 296 passengers 14,010km, building on routes first opened by the 787-8.
Majali added: “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,.
“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.”
Stan Deal, president and chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “This order for additional 787s is a testament to Royal Jordanian’s longstanding commitment to the market-leading capabilities of the Dreamliner.
“We are confident Royal Jordanian will profitably expand its network and operate a more sustainable fleet with these new fuel-efficient jets.”
Boeing Global Services will also provide modification services for Royal Jordanian’s in-service 787s that will enhance in-flight connectivity for passengers and crew. As part of the agreement, Boeing will perform the engineering work, while supplying kits for the modifications.
Since revenue service began in 2011, the 787 family has launched more than 380 new non-stop routes around the world.
The 787 Dreamliner family reduces fuel use and emissions by 25 per cent compared to the airplanes it replaces.