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Thursday, 01 May, 2014, 16 : 00 PM [IST]

Royal Jordanian prepares to receive first Boeing 787 in August

Royal Jordanian is undertaking all preparations to receive its first 787 aircraft from Boeing, which is expected to join the airline’s fleet in August 2014, after the US aircraft manufacturer confirmed that the RJ Dreamliner assembly is now in full process at the Boeing Seattle factory.

Royal Jordanian (RJ), the national carrier of Jordan, will be receiving four more B787s by the end of 2014. The other ordered aircraft will follow in the next few years, helping RJ fly to more cities around the world, as per a release.

Captain Ghassan Obeidat, Head of Training and Standards/B787 Program Manager, Royal Jordanian, said that the airline is currently preparing to meet the necessary conditions and the technical requirements for the introduction of these new aircraft, which will constitute a qualitative leap in the services offered passengers on long-haul flights.

Captain Obeidat added that preparations for the arrival of the jets and the training of pilots to fly the 787 will start this month, adding that the one-month course will be held at the Boeing Campus in Gatwick, London. The training will cover around 80 pilots working on the airline’s current Airbus fleet.

He pointed out that groups of engineers, mechanics and composite experts at RJ, in addition to a number of flight attendants, obtained the required training for the new 787 in Miami. The qualified employees will, in turn, train other staff members on the maintenance and in-flight services of the new Dreamliners.

According to Captain Obeidat, RJ’s plan to introduce this new type of plane to its fleet is going smoothly, in constant coordination with Boeing, which expressed admiration for the airline’s arrangements to that end.

The new Dreamliner will have a total seating capacity of 270 seats: 24 full flat seats on the Crown Class and 246 seats on the Economy Class.

Passengers on the 787 Dreamliner can enjoy major improvements, starting with wider seat pitches, bigger windows and many other specifications that will allow the airline to provide improved and new on-board services, according to Captain Obeidat.

These 787 airplanes are expected to gradually replace the current Airbus 340s and 330s, a step in line with RJ’s strategy of modernising fleet, expanding routes and keeping up with the latest technology, added Captain Obeidat.
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