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PM pledges support for RJ


Amman, Jan. 31 (Petra)

Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour on Thursday said the government will continue its support to the Royal Jordanian (RJ) to carry its key national role, support economy and build on its previous success.

At a meeting with chairman and members of the RJ board, Ensour said that the government does not see the company as an investment project, but rather as a national scheme, adding that it is the national carrier and a symbol of the Kingdom's sovereignty.

The government, he affirmed, would never put barriers in front of the company, vowing to take decisions that support it to ace challenges. The meeting also discussed increasing the company's JD84 million capital.

The government retains 26 percent stake in the national carrier.

RJ Chairman of the Board of Directors Nasser Lozi talked about the company's achievements and good reputation on the local, regional and international levels. He also highlighted challenges facing the national flag carrier, such as regional turmoil, Arab spring repercussions, global financial crisis, higher fuel prices and growing competition.

RJ President/CEO Amer Hadidi presented a briefing on the company's future plans. He noted that the company operates about 39,000 flights annually. The RJ, he added, has a fleet of 33 aircraft flying to 60 destinations around the globe. The number of passengers increased from 87,000 in 1964 to more than 3.3 million in 2012, he said.

He pointed that RJ is now preparing to introduce Boeing 787s (Dreamliners), which are fuel efficient.

© Jordan News Agency - Petra 2013

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