In 1963, His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan issued a Royal Decree for the setting up of a national air carrier. His words were unforgettable. “I want our national carrier to be the ambassador of goodwill and the bridge across which we exchange culture, civilization, trade, technology, friendship and better understanding with the rest of the world.”
Inspired by this royal vision, Alia (later renamed Royal Jordanian) launched its operations.
Royal Jordanian’s role as Jordan’s national carrier has now long been established. Today, under the invaluable guidance and directives of His Majesty King Abdullah II, the airline carries out its mission, while continuously modernizing and upgrading its services, renewing its fleet and expanding its route network and operations.
Royal Jordanian’s headquarters are located in the heart of the capital, Amman, and its flights are operated from Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA). Its modern fleet covers a network of 54 destinations on four continents.
The airline owns Royal Wings, a Royal Jordanian subsidiary company dedicated to charter business, operating from Amman Civil Airport in Marka. It also owns 20% of Jordan Airline Training and Simulation Limited (JATS), 20% of Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Limited (JorAMCo), 20% of Alpha (the flight catering services company) and 6% of the Royal Jordanian Air Academy.
In view of its reputation and international level of competitiveness, the airline was honored when the prestigious oneworld airline alliance invited Royal Jordanian to join its elite membership, of which the most important are, American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and others. RJ is thus the first Arab and regional air carrier selected to join any of the three global airline alliances (oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance), and the first airline to join oneworld in the last five years.
The airline officially joined oneworld on April 1, 2007, after it completed all technical and technological requirements to become part of the grouping.
Royal Jordanian currently has marketing alliances, through code-sharing, with several International airlines including Air Canada, American Airlines, Gulf Air Company, Iberia, Yemen Airways, Malev Hungarian Airlines , Syrian Arab Airlines ,Thai Airways, Tarom, US Airways, Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines.