Emirates will fly double daily to Jordan from 1st October, providing greater access to one of the most popular tourism destinations in the Middle East.
Amman is one of Emirates’ longest established routes. The airline has been flying to the Jordanian capital since 1986, the year after Emirates was launched.
On 1st September last year, Emirates marked 25 years of flights to Jordan, a service that began with just three flights per week.
Emirates currently flies to Amman with a combination of Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300 and Airbus A330-200 aircraft, offering an exciting range of in-flight entertainment and the hospitality of highly trained international cabin crew.
The current 13 weekly flights to Amman will increase to 14 per week – an extra flight on Friday - from 1st October.
The 14th weekly flight, EK901, will leave Dubai at 0725hrs each Friday and arrive in Amman at 0920hrs – a journey of just under three hours. The Boeing 777-200 supporting the service and arranged in a two-class configuration, will offer more than 600 channels of on-demand entertainment, deeply reclining seats in Business Class and room to relax in Economy. The aircraft also carries Seatback SMS, email, satellite phones and fresh gourmet dining options for all cabin classes.
The return flight, EK 902, leaves Amman at 1115hrs and lands in Dubai at 1510hrs.
“In Dubai, passengers can transfer through Emirates’ exclusive Terminal 3 onto flights to more than 120 destinations across the globe, many of which are served by the airline’s flagship Airbus A380, including Beijing, Shanghai and Sydney," said Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Gulf, Middle East and Iran. "In early 2013, Emirates’ A380 offering will be boosted by the world’s first purpose built A380 facility, which will be known as Concourse A.”
The airline’s top 10 markets for Jordan are Dubai, Jakarta, Shanghai, Seoul, Guangzhou, Beijing, Manila, Hong Kong, Sydney and Los Angeles. Tourists flock from far and wide to see attractions such as the magical city of Petra, the extraordinary desert scenery of Wadi Rum and the restful Dead Sea.
In 2010, total trade between the UAE and Jordan was reported to be over US$ 700 million, according to a 2011 study by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Tourism represents approximately 10% of Jordan’s GDP.
Last month, UAE Minister of Economy, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, met with Jordan's Minister of Finance Sulaiman Al Hafez and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Jafar Hassan, to discuss investment opportunities in Jordan in areas such as water, renewable energy, tourism, health and education.
The 14th flight will also enable Emirates SkyCargo to facilitate more international trade opportunitiesfor Jordan’s importers and exporters. The weekly capacity in the belly-hold of the aircraft serving the route will hit 200 tonnes in each direction, while businesses will also benefit from Emirates’ rapidly expanding network, with new trade lanes emerging with each additional destination, a trend which is set to continue as the 220 aircraft it has on order join its fleet.
Emirates SkyCargo connects exporters in Jordan to points throughout the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the USA. The main commodities being exported include fresh consumables - such as fruits and vegetables - pharmaceuticals, mobile phones, clothing, machinery and aircraft parts. Goods being imported from destinations throughout the Far East, Australasia, West Asia and Europe include seafood, meat and general foodstuffs, as well as clothing and pharmaceuticals.
Emirates employs nearly 40 staff in Amman, many of whom have been present since the start of operations in 1986. Altogether, more than 300 Jordanian nationals are employed by Emirates globally, including nearly 70 cabin crew and four pilots.
Jordan has a population of around 6 million and while Arabic is the main language, English is widely spoken.