Interview with Royal Jordanian CEO Samer Majali on Fleet and Network Expansion

The Royal Jordanian will make a fleet renewal decision in the next two months. The larger 787-9 could be used to increase the number of its Boeing fleet.

Royal Jordanian has a major expansion plan over the next five years, according to the Vice Chairman and CEO.

The plan is ambitious. We have an RFP for 30 aircraft, including narrow-body and regional aircraft, in the market. We are very hopeful.

We are open for both Boeing and Airbus, and the regional segment is Embraer and the A220s.
Samer Majali is the CEO.

Fleet expansion to 45 aircraft.

The new fleet will be a combination of growth and replacement. He said that 25% of the fleet will be replaced.

The Oneworld alliance member will sell their existing fleet and replace it with new aircraft in the next few years.

Royal Jordanian's widebody fleet renewal is a bit down the line because of the young Boeings. We might expand and then replace some. Within the next five years, we might grow the fleet of the 787 to eleven or twelve aircraft. Majali said something.

Royal Jordanian is looking into the B787-9 and could exchange some of the planes. We were one of the launch customers. The first aircraft was delayed by Boeing. The 787-9 was only available on the paper and the B787-8 was the only one available.

He said that they were also looking at all possibilities. Only two of its planes are owned.

The dominant airline in the Mediterranean is not big enough in terms of size and has not reached a critical mass, which is necessary to further exist. We believe we can achieve critical size by the end of this five-year plan.

Changing focus.

The last ten years have seen many crises in the home region of Royal Jordanian. He said that Royal Jordanian was able to bring back most of the fleet from storage. The majority of the fleet was in preservation. The United States came out immediately. The flights to the US are exceeding expectations. Royal Jordanian has a lot of ethnic traffic on its North Atlantic routes.

The transfer business at Amman, the capital of Jordan, is changing. We are trying to connect Jordan and the region with the rest of our network.

The carrier has a large size that allows it to move quickly and have good flexibility. We are looking at routes that have given us cash flow. He said that they were very careful about opening routes and about the inability of the Jordanian government to compensate them.

The partnership with American Airlines is very important to the membership in the Oneworld Alliance. Royal Jordanian was the first airline in the Middle East to join an alliance.

The cover image is from Royal Jordanian Airlines.