US airframer Boeing delivered to national carrier and oneworld member Royal Jordanian the airline’s first 787-8 Dreamliner registration JY-BAA. The aircraft is leased via AerCap.
The Bangalore Aviation team was present at Paine Field in Everett Washington state on July 30, when the aircraft entered the runway for the first time and conducted high speed taxi tests.
The airline will configure its Dreamliners in a 24 business and 246 economy class seating. The airframe is powered by General Electric GEnx engines which also power Air India’s and Japan Airline’s Dreamliners.
Royal Jordanian becomes the second carrier in the middle-east after national carrier Qatar Airways to operate the new generation fuel efficient aircraft.
To support Royal Jordanian’s Dreamliners, Boeing is providing a comprehensive suite of support and services through its Commercial Aviation Services business. Royal Jordanian has received flight and maintenance training and will be using Airplane Health Management, a diagnostic and predictive capability that evaluates airplane operations data while airplanes are in flight and notifies ground crews of potential maintenance issues; a Rotable Exchange Program that provides a dedicated pool of high-value, mission-critical parts and manages inventory at a reduced cost; and Maintenance Performance Toolbox, a digital real-time-information tool that enables quick resolution of airplane maintenance issues.
Royal Jordanian currently flies a network of over 50 global destinations and plans to deploy the Dreamliner on services to North American destinations as well as to Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The airline currently flies four times a week between Amman and Mumbai and five times a week to New Delhi, but the airline will suspended its services to India from the winter schedule which commences at the end of October.