Now I’m not really sure a 45th birthday is a milestone that’s really worth marking, but it is as good excuse as any for Royal Jordanian to make a splash about its achievements.
These include going from a turnover of just JD1 million and 87,000 passengers in 1964 to carrying about 2.7 million passengers this year and achieving revenues of JD682 million (some $960 million in today’s money).
It has recently become the first Middle Eastern carrier to be privatised, and has joined the oneworld alliance. We talked about this with its affable and highly respected CEO Samer Majali earlier this year.
So what did Royal Jordanian’s livery look like in the 1960s? Here’s one of its Caravelles from 1966.
And a 1980s Boeing 747 (not 707 as I mistakenly put in the original blog until corrected by John Price) …
And a more recent Airbus A320 from 2005…
Oh that 1980s one looks pretty grim doesn’t it, while the 1966 Caravelle has a certain charm and style about it. The modern livery is distinctive and classy – and there are not many airlines that attempt dark grey and get away with it.