Royal Jordanian's board of directors appointed former minister of trade and industry Amer Hadidi as president and CEO of the carrier.
Hadidi's appointment comes after the former head of the Amman-based carrier Hussein Dabbas resigned at the end of May. The appointment takes effect immediately.
Hadidi served as trade minister between 2007 and 2011 and was secretary general at the Ministry of Transport and a board member of the carrier in 2006 and 2007. Most recently Hadidi was advisor at the Royal Court and head of economic and social affairs at the office of King Abdullah.
Royal Jordanian, a member of the Oneworld, reported a loss of JRD57.9m (US$82m) in 2011, compared with a JRD9.6m profit the year before. The carrier has consolidated some of its routes and reduced flight frequencies in the wake of political turmoil in the Arab world last year, high oil prices and stiffer competition from carriers in the Gulf.
The airline was founded in 1963 and operates 32 aircraft. It was the first Middle Eastern airline to order Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. It expects to take delivery of its first 787 in 2014.
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