By Andy Sambidge
Airline CEO says all seven Airbus aircraft will be delivered by end of 2012.
Royal Jordanian said on Tuesday that it 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, the carrier said in a statement.
Hussein Dabbas, the airline's president/CEO, said the order for new aircraft underlined the airline's "continued commitment to modernize its fleet and to expand".
Dabbas said that the replacements consists of four Airbus A320s and two Airbus A321s, plus an additional A320.
According to Dabbas, the newly manufactured aircraft are to be equipped with a new state-of-the-art entertainment system.
The RJ president said that the fleet, which currently comprises around 30 aircraft, is one of the youngest and most modern in the world.
Last year, Royal Jordanian concluded its short- and medium-range fleet modernisation programme by introducing 19 aircraft; 12 are from the Airbus 320 family and seven are Embraers 195 and 175.
The airline is to add another new Embraer 175 to the fleet in the last quarter of this year.