Embraer and Royal Jordanian Airlines have signed a contract for the acquisition by the airline of seven firm EMBRAER 195s, with deliveries due to start in the fourth quarter of 2006. The EMBRAER 195 will be configured to carry 100 passengers in a two-class layout, with 12 seats in Crown Class and 88 seats in Economy Class, with a pitch of 42” and 33”, respectively. The aircraft will be deployed on routes to the Middle East, Africa and into Europe.
“Embraer’s new generation EMBRAER 195s will provide Royal Jordanian with the ability to truly develop Amman as a hub for the region. These aircraft will allow Royal Jordanian to increase frequency and enter new routes at the lowest possible cost. For our passengers, the EMBRAER 195 will offer a level of comfort and service that is consistent with the rest of Royal Jordanian’s fleet,” said Mr Samer Majali, Royal Jordanian’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
“We will be introducing the EMBRAER 195 into our operations over the next two years, with the first delivery in October of this year.” “As Royal Jordanian undertook a meticulous technical and operational evaluation of different types of aircraft models, its decision to select the EMBRAER 195 makes the choice even more satisfying and honoring for Embraer,” said Frederico Fleury Curado, Executive Vice-President, Airline Market for Embraer. “Embraer’s E-Jets family offers a flexibility that enables a rapid adaptation to a market that is constantly evolving, as it is the case in the Middle East. Royal Jordanian’s decision confirms that, once again in its deep and successful history, it is demonstrating true leadership in the market that it serves.”
The first Arab airline invited to join the Oneworld alliance, Royal Jordanian is the launch customer in the Middle East for the EMBRAER 195. The aircraft is due to receive its type certification in mid-2006. The EMBRAER 195 is one of four members of a new family of jets, the EMBRAER 170/190 family, seating from 70 to 118 passengers. At the end of December 2005, 118 units of this new family of aircraft were delivered to airlines in Europe, Middle East, North and Central America and Asia. As of December 31, 2005 the EMBRAER 170/190 family orderbook totaled 440 firm orders and 362 options.