Royal Jordanian appoints Amer Hadidi new CEO

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Royal Jordanian Airlines has named Amer Hadidi its new president and chief executive, taking over from interim CEO Abdel Rahman El-Khatib effective 3 July.

Hadidi has held several government posts in recent years, serving as minister of trade and industry between 2007-11, and secretary general at the transport ministry between 2005-07.

He has also served as an advisor to Jordan's Royal Hashemite Court, and was a Royal Jordanian board member between 2006-07.

Interim CEO El-Khatib took up his temporary position in May, after outgoing president and CEO Hussein Dabbas announced that he was leaving the carrier to take up a new post as IATA's regional vice-president for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Dabbas started his new role with IATA on 1 June, bringing to an end more than three decades of employment with the flag carrier.

In April, Royal Jordanian reported 26% growth in first quarter passenger numbers, with load factors also up sharply by 6 percentage points to 71%. The carrier faces stiff competition from its larger Gulf rivals in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.