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Royal Jordanian Going For 8 Dreamliners

Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:42 pm

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.

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I'm crossing my fingers until it's confirmed on Boeing's website.

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RE: Royal Jordanian Going For 8 Dreamliners

Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:58 pm

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.
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RE: Royal Jordanian Going For 8 Dreamliners

Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:58 pm

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!
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RE: Royal Jordanian Going For 8 Dreamliners

Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:36 am

Great news for Boeing and RJ. Glad to see another One World Member opt for the Dreamliner!!

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RE: Royal Jordanian Going For 8 Dreamliners

Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:01 am

Wonderful news for both companies, and a perfect suit for RJ I would say! The 787-8 is just the longhaul aircraft for their routenetwork!
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RE: Royal Jordanian Going For 8 Dreamliners

Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:40 am

Bit of a shame for Airbus, but what a good buy for RJ. Yet more proof that the A350 isn't up to standard, anotjher Airbus loyalist gone down the pan.
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RE: Royal Jordanian Going For 8 Dreamliners

Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:47 am

The need to bring the price down to about 95 million a piece
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RE: Royal Jordanian Going For 8 Dreamliners

Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:18 pm

Good news for RJ. Deamliner does seem like a very good choice for them.
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RE: Royal Jordanian Going For 8 Dreamliners

Tue Mar 06, 2007 2:34 am

Really happy for RJ on the 787 order and the joining of One-world and not to forget the Phoenix award as well!

We have been longing for RJ to get back as an important player again in the Middle East.

Miss the good old days though when RJ had a great fleet of L-1011-500s and enjoyed them thoroughly on my long haul flights to ORD and LAX and a fantastic red and beige color scheme too!
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