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Royal Jordanian takes delivery of second A319

6th November 2008 - 11:13 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The second of four Airbus A319s, named Ma'an, one of the main cities in southern Jordan was recently delivered to RJ. RJ, a oneworld member, contracted to introduce this type of aircraft into its fleet during this year and the beginning of 2009, in line with its aircraft modernization plan.

The newly manufactured aircraft brings a new standard of amenities and comfort to RJ passengers traveling to medium-range destinations in Europe, the Indian Subcontinent and the Arab Gulf. The airliner is distinguished by modern features, such as spacious seat pitch and state-of-the-art audio channels and personal video screens available for each passenger on economy and crown classes.

The speed of the twin-engine, operationally leased Airbus A319 reaches 960 km/hour and carries 110 passengers; 94 on economy class and 16 on crown class. It has a cargo capacity of three tons.

This aircraft, belonging to the Airbus A320 family, will boost the company's services, enabling it to better serve the regional and medium-haul route network. It will also augment RJ's existing fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft assimilated in the fleet in the past two years.

The remaining two Airbus A319s are slated to join the RJ fleet in February and March next year. In the last few months, four planes were introduced in the fleet; two Airbus A321s and two Embraer 175s, and two Airbus A321s were phased out, being replaced by the newly manufactured ones.

Presently, the number of aircraft reaches 28, covering 56 destinations served directly from Amman, and additional 700 destinations served by RJ's partners in the oneworld airline alliance.

The airline designated names of Jordanian cities on its new aircraft that joined the fleet in the last two years and the ones that will join as a part of its mission of promoting Jordan to the world.

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