Royal Jordanian is celebrating its 51st anniversary this week. Reminiscing the past, the airline was initially called Alia and operated its first flight in 1963 from Amman to Beirut.
Acting president and CEO, Captain Haitham Misto expressed gratefulness for the Hashemite support since its inception by His Majesty King Hussein. This royal backing has played a key role in the progress witnessed and boosted its competitiveness at regional and international levels.
Over the five decades the airline has attained several achievements such as fleet enhancements, route expansions and adopting leading practises in commercial, IT, engineering and maintenance. The number of carried passengers increased from 87,000 in 1964 to more than 3.1 million in 2014, and number of yearly flights from 4,193 to 39,000.
Upon inception, RJ used to operate two aircraft, a Handley Page Dart Herald and a DC7, flying to three destinations; now the fleet counts 29 aircraft flying to 52 cities spread over four continents.
Talking about the future, in 2015, the airline will operate its new generation of the 787s. The airline will phase out its Airbus 340 and part of the Airbus 330 aircraft. Royal Jordanian will introduce the rest of the ordered new Dreamliners in 2016.