By David Ingham
Investment in new equipment is expected to improve operational efficiency.
Royal Jordanian has inaugurated phase one of a programme to upgrade its cargo terminal at Amman's Queen Alia International Airport. Phase one includes the deployment of new forklift trucks and automated work stations to speed up cargo handling.
"The first phase clearly underscores the commitment Royal Jordanian has to develop the company's cargo business," said Samer Majali, president, CEO and vice chairman of Royal Jordanian Airlines. "We have made great strides on the passenger side, which was acknowledged through our recent joining of the oneworld alliance. Logistics companies, customers and the export industry expect world-class services from us here in Jordan and we are getting ready to deliver them."
New shelves and pallet storage facilities will be added to the terminal before the end of 2007. The airline is also looking at deploying new IT systems to improve performance across its operations.
Royal Jordanian Cargo operates Airbus A310 freighters to Beirut, Baghdad, Dubai, Cairo London Heathrow, Maastricht and New York JFK. It also carries air freight in the holds of the airline's passenger aircraft to over 40 other destinations.