BRUSSELS—Royal Jordanian (RJ) has signed up for the Boeing’s rotable exchange services program for the 787 as it prepares for its first aircraft of the type to enter service in August.
RJ’s Head of Engineering and Maintenance Imadedeen Farahid says the airline selected the progam because “we are gaining a means of ensuring smooth introduction of our 787s while controlling costs, minimizing component maintenance time and optimizing fleet performance.”
Under the 10-year agreement, RJ will be able to contact Boeing for replacement of program-covered parts, which will be shipped within a timeframe determined by the carrier based on their criticality. As part of the component exchange pool set-up, Boeing handles the repair, testing and recertification of the damaged units at no additional charge. Components may be restored to a fully serviceable condition repeatedly and are upgraded with the latest modifications.
Boeing asserts that the program will help RJ, and other operators making use of its 787 component exchange pool, reduce inventory costs allowing the airline to focus on passengers and the operation of the airplane.
“Boeing’s Rotable Exchange Program is a simple way for airlines to reduce the total cost of airplane ownership, giving them a competitive advantage in their markets,” says Rick Anderson, vice president, Sales, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services.
Jordan’s flag carrier has seven 787-8s on order with Boeing and lease agreements for two each from CIT Aerospace and ILFC. All of its 787s will be powered by GE Aviation GEnx-1B engines. The 787s were purchased to replace its Airbus A340-200s and A330s.
RJ was originally scheduled to take delivery of its first 787 in September 2010 and now will receive its first one in August. It is scheduled to get four more 787s before the end the year.
The airline started training its pilots this month to fly the 787 at the Boeing Campus in Gatwick, London. The one-month program covers around 80 pilots working on RJ’s current Airbus fleet.
Groups of engineers, mechanics and composite experts at RJ as well as a number of flight attendants already obtained the required 787 training in Miami, says RJ Head of Training and Standards/787 program manager Ghassan Obeidat.
RJ’s 787s will be equipped with 24 full-flat seats in business and 246 seats in economy class.