RJ ramps up cargo services
Royal Jordanian Cargo is launching several new dedicated air freight services following strong growth in its cargo operations.
Royal Jordanian is ramping up its air freight activities with the launch of several new routes in the last month.
October saw the start of a weekly freighter service to London Stansted Airport. Early November will see the introduction of a weekly service to Beirut and a twice weekly service to Cairo.
The weekly freighter service to London Stansted Airport will supplement the airline’s weekly freighter operation into London Heathrow.
The new flight will land in Stansted on Wednesday mornings and will feed into trucking services to and from continental Europe. Both this new flight and the one to Heathrow complement RJ’s daily passenger flight to Heathrow, which carries freight in its belly.
“The UK is an important and growing market for us and our customers have been clear that they want more options from the UK,” said Geoffrey Weston, vice president, cargo, Royal Jordanian. “Our cargo volumes have increased strongly since last year and we are keen to connect the Levant with the United Kingdom.”
The launch of new freighter services to Beirut and Cairo supports RJ’s push to make Amman an air freight hub for the Levant. Samer Majali, president and CEO of Royal Jordanian, said: “Royal Jordanian’s vision is to be the leading airline in the Levant. We already have the most extensive passenger destination network and our new freighter services will consolidate Amman’s position as a regional air freight hub.”
Royal Jordanian Cargo operates Airbus A310 freighters to Beirut, Baghdad, Dubai, Cairo, London Heathrow, Maastricht and New York JFK. It also carries air freight in the holds of the airline’s passenger aircraft to 42 other destinations.
RJ is currently developing new cargo infrastructure at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA). The first phase of this project, the largest investment at the facility in over twenty years, is due to be completed in early 2007.
The performance of the cargo division appears to justify this investment. RJ reported that third quarter revenues for the division were up 9% year on year. Revenue from dedicated freighters grew 12%. Revenue from cargo carried in the belly of passenger flights grew by around 6%.
“These are welcome results, given the substantial increase in air freight capacity we have seen in the region,” said Majali.
“We are excited by the momentum we are generating in the region,” added Weston. “As well as our investment plan in the warehouse and our new freighter routes, we are focusing on customer service levels.”