Kalakaua From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 5 Posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3704 times:
Royal Jordanian Seeks Eight Boeing 787-8s
Jordan's state airline will finalise a deal soon to buy eight Boeing 787 planes in a fleet modernisation plan aiming to make it the top regional carrier in the Middle East, the airline's CEO said.
Royal Jordanian (RJ) president and chief executive Officer Samer al Majali said the airline was in final negotiations with Boeing to part purchase and lease at least eight new 787-8 DreamLiner planes for delivery at the start of 2010.
The deal will be worth around $1 billion.
'We have already finalised the contract with the leasing companies and with Boeing it will be within the next month or two,' Majali said ahead of leaving to Tokyo for a meeting of Oneworld, where RJ will become the first Arab firm to join the alliance of major airlines.
The decision to introduce the 787, whose first test flight is planned for this summer, was part of a modernisation plan to expand its fleet to 35 aircraft from 24 by 2010.
'We are in the process of finalising the agreement with Boeing. At the moment we have approval to go for eight but the fleet may be expanded in the future,' Majali said.
Majali said a high credit rating for RJ, which aims this year to be the first regional national carrier to be privatised, would allow it to secure attractive financing for the deal.
Half of the eight Boeing 787 planes would be purchased and the rest leased, he added.
CY319 From Cyprus, joined Apr 2006, 396 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3621 times:
Great news for RJ!
To be honest, it is no surprise for me that they opted for the 787-8.
It meets perfectly the capacity and range needs of RJ and is gonna be a good replacement for their 310s and 342s.
777s or 330/350s would be too big for RJ.
NYC777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 5803 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3620 times:
So 4 ordered from Boeing and 4 leased. Also sounds like they'll be in for a few options, I would say 2 to 4 options. I bet they'released from ILFC starting in 2010. I guess leasing is he only way to get the 787 early!