Royal Jordanian have announced the lease of six of the Embraer E2 series aircraft from aviation lessor Azorra. In addition, they have ordered two additional aircraft directly from the Brazilian manufacturer.
Currently the Amman based carrier operates two Embraer 175 aircraft, which I had the pleasure of flying on in 2008. They also have two of the larger Embraer 195s, which I also took a business class flight in the same year.
The Embraer E2 Series
According to Azorra’s press release, four E190-E2 and two E195-E2 will be leased for 12 years. The first two regional jets are due for delivery in December 2023. An additional pair of E195-E2s were ordered directly from the manufacturer.
The new E195-E2 at Royal Jordanian will seat 12 passengers in Crown Class and 108 in Economy Class. The E190-E2 will also have 12 up front with just 80 seats in the back. In keeping with the premium nature of the airline, there will be mood lighting, leather seats and Wi-Fi installed.
Once delivered, the updated aircraft will replace the fleet of four first generation Embraers currently in service and allow for expansion. Samer Majali, Royal Jordanian’s current CEO, states the new planes offer 25% fuel savings versus the ones flying now. Various reasons also influenced the decision such as pilot training and common spare parts.
It’s interesting to see the CEO return to the helm of the airline. During his previous tenure between 2001 and 2009, the airline recorded some of its best financial performance. Let’s hope this happens again!
Royal Jordanian are an airline I have fond memories of as I flew multiple flights with them back in 2007 and 2008. I really need to get back to Jordan, a country I thoroughly enjoyed visiting.
As far as oneworld airlines go, they tend to be overshadowed by some of the larger carriers. However they more than hold their own against the big boys and if you get a chance, fly them.
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E195 image via Aviation Spotting.