A deal worth $635 million at list price value has been announced by Royal Jordanian for the purchase of eight new Embraer E2 aircraft.
The deal consists of four E190-E2 and four E195-E2 airplanes and includes six aircraft which will be procured from leasing firm Azorra while the remaining two are direct orders with Embraer.
The order was previously announced by Embraer as coming from an undisclosed customer. The first deliveries are expected to take place by the end of 2023.
Royal Jordanian plans to make the new E2 aircraft the cornerstone of its growth plans and has already decided to almost double its fleet by increasing it from 24 to 40 aircraft in the next three to five years.
It is interesting to note that the airline has chosen the relatively smaller E2s, which have a unique 2-2 seating layout with no middle seat. The aircraft will be operated in a two-class configuration, with 12 passengers in business, “Crown Class”, and 108 in economy class on the E195, and 12 and 80 respectively on the E190s.
Embraer claims that this family of aircraft is the most fuel-efficient in the market for jets under 150 seats.
As part of its growth expansion, Royal Jordanian plans to launch new destinations in Europe and the Middle East in 2023, including Stockholm (ARN), Düsseldorf (DUS), Bahrein (BAH), and the emerging tourist destination of Al Ula (ULH) in northwestern Saudi Arabia.