Royal Jordanian To Launch Los Angeles And Miami Service?

Via ch-aviation, it appears as if Royal Jordanian is eying new service to the US, specifically to Los Angeles and Miami.

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These would both be ultra-longhaul routes at 7,600+ and 6,600+ miles respectively, so to make it a bit more economical they’re hoping to route them both via Vienna. I assume that’s not just to make the routes more economical (by decreasing the amount of fuel they have to carry and increasing their cargo capacity), but also because they hope to have pick-up rights and be able to carry passengers between those cities. The Jordanian government is apparently presently negotiating the Bilateral Air Services Agreement with the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT).

They’re apparently hoping to launch the service around mid-2014 using either an A330 or one of their 787s (once they start taking delivery of them).

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of Royal Jordanian. My one flight on them from Bangkok to Hong Kong was the single most scarring flight I’ve ever taken, and I actually only recently fully got over my fear of flying again.

At the same time, there’s a shortage of decent OneWorld award options between the US and Europe:

So while Royal Jordanian is by no means a great airline (and one I’d avoid for “personal” reasons), it’s nice to have more options. If the route becomes official I’ll be sure to post again.

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Royal Jordanian business class

(Tip of the hat to DestinationDavid)

Comments

  1. You can’t blame or judge an entire airline for one flight. Granted, Royal Jordanian isn’t the best airline in the world, but they’re not the worst either. If anything, your review before the weather problems seemed to fall towards “decent hardware and food, mediocre to crap service”. It would have been interesting to see your final assessment had the incident not happened.

  2. @ wwk5d — To be clear, I never claimed they’re an unsafe airline or that others shouldn’t fly them, but rather only that I don’t think I could bring myself to fly them again due to the memories my flight brings back.

  3. Good point. There are 2 Oneworld airlines in the Middle East now, but does Qatar offer any flights between the US and Europe? Seems like their strategy is just to bypass Europe for people traveling between Doha and the US/Canada.

  4. So would this work like SQ’s flights out of New York and Houston to Singapore, i.e. we would be able to buy just one leg (e.g. MIA-VIE or VIE-AMM instead of MIA-AMM)?

  5. Hmm, let’s see…fly OS direct to VIE – good seat, great food and service, or RJ. Let me think about that one…

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