Amman, Royal Jordanian announced it completed the plan of renewing medium-range aircraft with the delivery of  a new Airbus A320 today. The aircraft was named after the northern Jordanian city of  Irbid.

Early 2011, the Amman based airline launched a fleet modernization program for its medium- and short-haul fleet of A320 family with an agreement with the Dublin-based lessor AWAS. The program covers replacing five operating A320s and A321s with five new ones of the same models, and introduce two additional A320s to further increase seat capacity and thus be able to accommodate the growing demand on travel year on year.

The airline’s medium-range fleet consist of 15 aircraft of the A320 family, four A321s, seven A320s and four A319s.

The new A320 is configured with two cabins and seats 136 passengers, 16 in the business class cabin. All seats are equipped with the touch screen Thales I5000 in-flight entertainment system.

Royal Jordanian will introduce a  Boeing 787s (Dreamliners) to operate on the long-haul network. The first batch is scheduled to join airline in 2014. The planes will gradually join the fleet in the course of four years, to replace the currently operating A340s and A330s. Today, the airline fleet consists of 33 aircraft and serves almost 60 direct destinations in four continents.