AMMAN, JORDAN — Jordan's national airline Royal Jordanian placed an order for 20 Airbus A320neo aircraft directly from Airbus. The new A320neos will replace 13 older-generation A320ceo aircraft in the Amman-based airline's fleet.

With the delivery of new planes, Royal Jordanian plans to expand its core network in the MENA region and increase profitability thanks to A320neos' less fuel consumption. The A320neo family features the latest generation of fuel-efficient and environment-friendly engines, a new aerodynamic structure with large sharklets and composite materials used in the construction of the fuselage, and the innovative Airspace Cabin enhancing passenger comfort.

Samer Majali, vice chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Jordanian, stated that the airline's five-year growth strategy (2023–2028) would strengthen its position in the market by promoting Amman as the top gateway to reach the region's exceptional tourist destinations.

Majali also said the A320neo aircraft family is the most suitable option for fleet modernization and network expansion of Royal Jordanian in the coming few years.

On the other hand, Royal Jordanian is in talks with Boeing to increase the number of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners in the fleet from 7 to 11 units in the coming years. The airline is also considering B787-9 and -10 variants of the Dreamliner Family jets as the potential growth of its widebody fleet.

Starting from the second half of next year, the operator also plans to introduce a new regional aircraft to expand its regional route network and increase its flight frequencies to all primary and secondary destinations in the MENA region.

Mr. Majali stated that the decision for the new aircraft would be disclosed in the coming weeks.