Middle Eastern carrier Royal Jordanian received their first Boeing 787 last Wednesday evening. Named “Crown Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah II“, the plane flew non stop from Seattle to Amman, a 13 hour flight. It is pictured below at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. Royal Jordanian is the second Middle Eastern airline to operate the 787, after Qatar.
RJ will receive four more of the Dreamliners thus year giving them five by the end of the year. They will replace the airline’s currently A340 and A330 planes. With 24 business class seats and 246 seats in economy, the carrier will introduce the plane into regular service in September.
This three minute video shows the assembly of Royal Jordanian’s 787. Quite engrossing actually.
With this delivery, there are now 20 airlines flying 180 of the 787. I have not yet flown a 787. By contrast there are 138 of the A380 with 11 operators. I have flown 380s with six of the operators.
Royal Jordanian is the flag carrier of Jordan operates 500 flights per week to 59 destinations using 33 aircraft. They are a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation and of the Oneworld global airline alliance. Skytrax rates them as a three star airline. Customers on the Skytrax site rate them 5/10. I would rate them higher at 8/10.
Also check out my 787 Pinterest Board