Seven months after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which it intended to have 10 E2 aircraft, from Embraer, Royal Jordanian Airlines closed an agreement for eight of these jets, part of them by leasing with Azorra.
According to Embraer, the Jordanian carrier will receive four E190-E2s and four E195-E2s starting in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Of these, six aircraft (four E190-E2 and two E195-E2) will be delivered by Azorra as part of its firm orders. Another two E195-E2s were acquired directly by Royal Jordanian and had been on the manufacturer’s backlog as an “undisclosed customer” since the end of 2022.
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“Following extensive feasibility studies, RJ selected Embraer’s E2 as the best fit for its financial objectives and network strategy. RJ has been operating Embraer aircraft for 15 years, and the E2 reduces the investment cost of pilot training and spare parts provisioning significantly, whilst also lowering crew scheduling and maintenance costs,” said Samer Majali, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Royal Jordanian Airlines.
Royal Jordanian’s E195-E2 will seat just 120 passengers, with 12 seats in business class and 108 in economy. The E190-E2 will be configured with 92 seats – 12 in executive and 80 in economy.
Currently, the airline operates two E175s and two E195s of the first generation.