Royal Jordanian celebrates its 45th birthday

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.

1966  Alia Caravelle.jpg

And a 1980s Boeing 747 (not 707 as I mistakenly put in the original blog until corrected by John Price) …

1980's Boeing03 707.jpg

And a more recent Airbus A320 from 2005…

2005  A320-06.jpg

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.

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5 Responses to Royal Jordanian celebrates its 45th birthday

  1. John Price 16 December, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    Not only don’t you know where to put apostrophes (it’s – its), you don’t seem to know what a 707 looks like.
    Some “journalist” !!!

  2. Mark Pilling 16 December, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    Thanks John – my only excuse is doing this at 11.30 at night on my sofa!
    I just fancied getting these rather funky shots out there my friend as soon as I got them….and I’m now going to correct that caption.

  3. Sujan P 29 January, 2009 at 6:12 am #

    Very happy 45th birthday to Royal Jordanian. The airline is witnessing an increase in the number of passengers and that the company has registered growth in all operational indicators in year 2008.

    Now we all want to see how Mr. Samer Majali, President/CEO of Royal Jordanian do in 2009 as global financial meltdown is all over in place.


  4. Anna-Marie 8 February, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    Looking to identify a contact email from someone you interviewed back in 2007 – is it possible to contact me directly please?


  5. echo backpack blower reviews 15 May, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    I remember when the candle shop burned down.Everyone stood around singing ‘Happy Birthday’. One of my favorite birthday quote.

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