Jordan’s flag carrier, Royal Jordanian, offers great service. RJ is part of the prestigious One World alliance and avails a good choice of onboard entertainment. Its economy seats are spacious and business seats luxurious. In 2013, the airline’s 32 planes carried 3.3 million passengers: More than half of total passengers passing through Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport. It also generated 760 million JDs in revenues in 2013. All that remains for the airline is to find profits, any profits!
Management’s turnaround plans also include reducing the number of planes operated by the company to 29 by end of 2014, down from 32 in 2013. The airline will replace the old leased Airbus 340 and 330 by the new _also leased_ Boeing 787s whose fuel costs are 20% lower_ albeit at higher lease costs. Management also plans to offer voluntary layoffs for some of its employees whose numbers totaled 4643 people in 2013. The airline also plans to reduce the number of destinations served and drop some loss making routes.