Royal Jordanian airline said it signed an agreement with CIT Aerospace International, one of the largest aerospace financing and leasing companies, for the operational lease of two Boeing 787s Dreamliner aircraft.
The agreement includes leasing the two B787s for 12 years from the date of their assimilation in the fleet, in September 2012 and January 2013, to operate on the long-haul routes in North America and the Far East, the airline said in a statement.
Leasing the two aircraft comes in line with the airline’s strategy of modernising its long-range fleet by introducing 12 newly manufactured B787s Dreamliner; four of which Royal Jordanian contracted to purchase directly from Boeing and which will be delivered in 2013 and 2014.
Eight other aircraft from leasing firms will enter service through operational lease as part of expansion plans.
The airline contracted with International Lease Finance Corporation to lease two B787s to be delivered by the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, and it will sign a contract with the Low-Cost Aircraft Leasing company to lease another three aircraft of the same type, it said.
Royal Jordanian’s fleet currently consists of 26 aircraft; 23 are for passenger transportation, two for air freighting and one airliner, operated by Royal Wings, is dedicated for charter flights.
This year, six new airplanes will join the fleet: two Embraer 175s, two Airbus A319s and two Airbus A321s.
Two of the latter model currently operative in the fleet will be phased out.
The airline started its operation in 1963.
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