By Andy Sambidge
Royal Jordanian upbeat on performance after 13% improvement last month.
Royal Jordanian said on Thursday it expected record passenger numbers this month after the carrier saw a 13 percent increase in June.
The number of passengers carried on board the airline's fleet reached 268,000, a double digit improvement on the same month last year.
Hussein Dabbas, RJ president and CEO, said in a statement that the seat factor was 70 percent while the airline's total flights rose 10 percent compared to the same period last year, reaching 3,465 flights.
He said Royal Jordanian had a 91 percent on-time performance in June, exceeding levels achieved by global airlines.
Dabbas said the airline expected to register record numbers of passengers this month — more than 330,000 - with all parts of its route network witnessing "a remarkable increase".
Last month, Dabbas said the airline intends to introduce seven new Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft to its fleet with the first delivery slated for April 2011.
The new planes will replace six Airbus currently operating in the fleet and all will be delivered by the end of 2012.
Earlier this year, the airline announced that revenues were down 15 percent in 2009 as the global economic crisis impacted on both cargo and passenger travel.
However, the carrier generated net profits of JD28.6m ($40.3m) for the year, compared to net losses of JD24.7m experienced in 2008.