Royal Jordanian Renewing & Expanding Fleet

Royal Jordanian Renewing & Expanding Fleet

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Amman-based oneworld member Royal Jordanian is in the process of renewing and expanding its fleet. A few days ago we learned about the carrier placing an order with Airbus, and now we’ve learned about the airline placing an order with Embraer.

This is part of Royal Jordanian’s plan to expand its fleet from 24 to 40 aircraft over the next five years, so that’s some significant growth. Let’s go over the details.

Royal Jordanian’s current fleet

For context, Royal Jordanian currently has a fleet of 24 passenger aircraft, including:

  • Five Airbus A319s, which are an average of ~15 years old
  • Six Airbus A320s, which are an average of ~11 years old
  • Two Airbus A321s, which are an average of ~10 years old
  • Seven Boeing 787-8s, which are an average of ~seven years old
  • Two Embraer E175s, which are an average of ~14 years old
  • Two Embraer E195s, which are an average of ~14 years old

Six different types of aircraft across a fleet of just two dozen planes is quite some variety. Then again, there is some fleet commonality between the various Airbus jets and the two types of Embraer jets, so for the purposes of crew training, there are only three fleet types.

When all is said and done, the airline has an average fleet age of around 12 years. While that’s hardly old, it’s probably a good time to start thinking about fleet renewal, since orders are often made years in advance.

Royal Jordanian’s Boeing 787 business class

Royal Jordanian orders 20 Airbus A320neos

Royal Jordanian’s CEO has revealed that the airline has placed an order for 20 Airbus A320neos. This is the updated version of the Airbus A320, featuring improved fuel efficiency and a quieter cabin.

These 20 planes will be replacing the 13 Airbus A320-family aircraft that Royal Jordanian currently flies, meaning that the airline will be expanding its fleet quite a bit. Furthermore, there’s also going to be a lot more fleet consistency, since the airline will exclusively fly A320neos, rather than a mix of A319s, A320s, and A321s.

While the exact delivery timeline remains to be seen, it’s expected that these planes will feature Wi-Fi, seatback entertainment, and more. Furthermore, at least some of the A320neos will feature flat beds.

Keep in mind that Royal Jordanian uses its Airbus fleet for many routes to Europe, which are considered “premium,” so that explains the flat beds. It sure would be nice if Royal Jordanian just went for full consistency, and installed flat beds on all A320neos (that can be done pretty efficiently with Collins Aerospace Diamond seats, for example).

Royal Jordanian is refreshing its A320 fleet

Royal Jordanian orders 10 Embraer E190-E2s

Royal Jordanian is also planning on expanding its regional jet fleet. Royal Jordanian has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to acquire 10 Embraer E2 jets, including the E190-E2 and E195-E2 variant. These jets will be used to replace the carrier’s four current Embraer aircraft, including the E175 and E195.

The airline is primarily planning on using these planes for short haul flights, within two hours of Amman. Royal Jordanian will be able to significantly increase capacity, given that the airline is going from four to 10 regional jets.

Royal Jordanian plans to equip E195-E2s with 120 seats, including 12 business class seats and 108 economy class seats. Meanwhile the E190-E2s will be equipped with 92 seats, including 12 business class seats and 80 economy class seats.

Embraer’s E2 jet is incredibly fuel efficient and long range, though the range won’t even be needed here, as the plane will only be used on short haul routes. I was curious to see if Royal Jordanian would choose to the Airbus A220 or Embraer E2, so it’s interesting to see the airline go with the E2 (since so many airlines go with the A220).

The exact delivery timeline remains to be seen, beyond the planes joining Royal Jordanian’s fleet in “the coming years.”

Royal Jordanian is picking up Embraer E2 jets

Royal Jordanian plans to add Boeing 787s

It’s amazing to see the pace at which Royal Jordanian is refreshing its fleet. Not only has the airline ordered Airbus A320neos and Embraer E2 jets, but the airline also plans on increasing its Boeing 787 fleet.

Royal Jordanian plans to increase its Boeing 787 fleet from seven to 11 jets, including the possibility of adding either Boeing 787-9s or 787-10s. That order hasn’t yet been finalized, though I imagine we’ll find out the details soon enough. Hopefully Royal Jordanian installs a new business class product on these jets, as the current product is quite outdated.

Bottom line

Royal Jordanian will be refreshing and expanding its fleet, which is pretty exciting. The airline will acquire 20 Airbus A320neos, which will replace 13 existing A319s, A320s, and A321s. On top of that, the airline will acquire 10 Embraer E190-E2s and E195-E2s, which will replace four existing E175s and E195s. Lastly, it’s expected that Royal Jordanian will expand its Boeing 787 fleet, but the details of that remain to be seen.

This is an exciting development, as Jordan has great geography for connectivity in the Middle East. I just wish Royal Jordanian had a bit more competitive of a long haul business class product.

What do you make of Royal Jordanian’s fleet renewal?

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  1. Nadia Alalami Guest

    I hope they will be training the staff to be more courteous and have less of an attitude. I will not fly them even for free . The last time was a horrible and a nightmare experience. Good luck RJ , I hope your next stop will be bankruptcy court .

  2. BenjaminGuttery Diamond

    I hope they add destinations, like a DFW flight!

  3. Andy Diamond

    Well I think the more interesting question is how they are going to use the additional capacity? Are they going to add new destinations? Or are they increasing frequency to existing destinations (many are still only served 2 to 4 times a week).

    @Tom: I have been RJ flights with members of the Royal Family in J. We only notices on disembarkation, when they were escorted out by security.

  4. T. Davis Guest

    I flew on RJ in business RT Detroit-AMM and the service was outstanding. Sure the seats are not very private and somewhat dated, but very comfortable nonetheless. The crews I had both on the OB and IB were absolutely top-notch and dare I say better than some of the crews I've had on SQ and I've flown them many times.

  5. Tom Guest

    I was on an Oman Air flight to London a year or so ago where myself and some members of the Jordanian Royal Family were the only F passengers.

    Have to laugh a little when even the Jordanian Royal Family would rather connect than fly Royal Jordanian…

  6. Jordan is Good But Planes are Bad! Guest

    Had an awful Flight from Bangkok to KUL. Very dated seats (Torn leather seats), service sucked.

  7. John Guest

    Ben, have you flown Royal Jordanian since that awful flight many years ago? For me, even as the airline evolves, an experience like that might prompt a lifetime ban.

    1. D3kingg Guest

      @John

      I would have to reread the article from that incident. So in that case the pilot and airline is to blame for flying into a storm ? Or is that the responsibility of air traffic controller in HKG that put them in a holding pattern due to a storm ? Or the flight plan assigned from the original destination i believe it was BKK ? Just wondering who bears the responsibility in that case....

      @John

      I would have to reread the article from that incident. So in that case the pilot and airline is to blame for flying into a storm ? Or is that the responsibility of air traffic controller in HKG that put them in a holding pattern due to a storm ? Or the flight plan assigned from the original destination i believe it was BKK ? Just wondering who bears the responsibility in that case. Or is that not the point ; you’re not placing blame but simply from that awful incident you wouldn’t chose to fly with them again. Just wondering.

      Qatar was definitively my first choice to fly with One World but there was no availability and I was lucky to even have booked a reward with RJ so close to the World Cup .

    2. John Guest

      As i recall the post, not only were the circumstances of the adverse weather harrowing, but the crew was quite irresponsible in not communicating with passengers either during or at least after flying through the storm, in ways that raised questions broadly about RJ professionalism.

    3. D3kingg Guest

      @John

      You’re right they were unprofessional. They don’t take extra fuel for a short flight I think other airlines or more experienced pilots would have diverted or returned to Bangkok and not even get into that situation of a 30 minute holding pattern and bad weather. I reread the article and the Captain should have made an announcement over the PA explaining the situation. Even calming passengers only a bit would have been reassuring. Unless...

      @John

      You’re right they were unprofessional. They don’t take extra fuel for a short flight I think other airlines or more experienced pilots would have diverted or returned to Bangkok and not even get into that situation of a 30 minute holding pattern and bad weather. I reread the article and the Captain should have made an announcement over the PA explaining the situation. Even calming passengers only a bit would have been reassuring. Unless there were alarms going off in the cockpit. In that case the Captain needs to call the purser and they can make an announcement to reassure the passengers. This is a short flight before a long one ; jet lagged crew is no excuse. very unprofessional.

  8. Sean M. Diamond

    Rumours of RJ ordering more Embraers have been around for a while. especially given that Embraer's current boss for the Middle East region (Hussain Dabbas) is a former CEO there.

  9. D3kingg Guest

    Good investment in their infrastructure.

    The soft product and middle eastern hospitality was great but a 2-2-2 configuration today ? The seats are terrible . However only 24 business class seats on the 787 and 3 flight attendants is 1 flight attendant per 8 passengers.

    The A319 i flew on was way older than 15 years. The scraping noises during the takeoff roll , landing gear up , and wing flaps .

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Sean M. Diamond

Rumours of RJ ordering more Embraers have been around for a while. especially given that Embraer's current boss for the Middle East region (Hussain Dabbas) is a former CEO there.

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BenjaminGuttery Diamond

I hope they add destinations, like a DFW flight!

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T. Davis Guest

I flew on RJ in business RT Detroit-AMM and the service was outstanding. Sure the seats are not very private and somewhat dated, but very comfortable nonetheless. The crews I had both on the OB and IB were absolutely top-notch and dare I say better than some of the crews I've had on SQ and I've flown them many times.

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