Embraer and commercial aviation lessor Azorra have signed a new eight-aircraft deal with Jordan’s flag carrier Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ). The agreement covers the introduction of four E190-E2 and four E195-E2 aircraft into the flag carrier’s fleet, with a list price value of US$635 million.

The airline has another two E195-E2 firm orders directly with Embraer, which were added to Embraer’s Q4 2022 backlog as ‘undisclosed’.

“RJ has been operating Embraer aircraft for 15 years, and the E2 reduces the investment cost of pilot training and spare parts provisioning significantly, whilst also lowering crew scheduling and maintenance costs,” said Samer Majali, Vice Charman and CEO, Royal Jordanian Airlines. “The aircraft also provides 25% fuel savings compared to the current aircraft, resulting in operating cost savings as well as significant carbon emissions reductions supporting the airline’s environmental strategy and targets.”

The addition of the new aircraft is part of RJ’s plans to expand its fleet with new-generation aircraft, using the E2 aircraft for its superior performance and operational efficiency, positioning Amman as the leading gateway to the Levant.

“We are delighted to welcome Royal Jordanian as Azorra’s newest E2 customer,” said John Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Azorra. “Royal Jordanian’s selection of the E2 underscores our belief that it is a natural next step for existing E1 operators, providing the next-generation economic and environmental efficiencies, while maintaining the familiarity and dependability offered by Embraer.”

“The E2 family of advanced-generation jets offer the quietest, lowest polluting and most fuel-efficient aircraft in the under 150-seat market,” added Arjan Meijer, CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “We are proud to continue our long association with Royal Jordanian and welcome Azorra, who are extremely active in our market, to yet another Embraer deal.”

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