Steady as she goes: RJ Cargo enjoying solid volumes

While the majority of airlines the world-over struggle in the tough environment, Amman-based Royal Jordanian and its cargo division Royal Jordanian Cargo have ridden out the worst of the oil shocks and are now enjoying solid cargo traffic.

Ingo Roessler Royal Jordanian Cargo ULD

“RJ has obviously been affected by the spikes in the fuel surcharges, but actually yearto- date we are about a third above previous year’s production and yields have been decently solid,” Ingo RoesslerVP Cargo told Payload Asia.

Helping sustain the volumes was a focus on marketing RJ’s freighters for charter missions, where the business has doubled over last year, he said.

RJ Cargo is the air freight network leader in the Middle East’s Levant region. From its hub at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in Amman, it serves more than 28 airports throughout the Arab world and a further 22 points in Europe, the US and Asia.

It operates its Airbus A310 and B 737 freighters on schedule within the Middle East and Europe.

It also carries freight, courier packages and mail in the holds of Royal Jordanian’s wide-bodied passenger fl eet to Cairo, Jeddah, Riyadh, Detroit, Chicago, Delhi, Colombo, Hong-Kong and Bangkok and in the holds of the airline’s narrowbodied passenger aircraft to the 42 otherdestinations the group serves.

Fleet renewal
As part of its fleet renewal programme, RJ has been focusing on overhauling its fleet on the shorter routes introducing some smaller aircraft like Embraer 195/175 and Airbus 319 which has an impact on the cargo side as much less belly capacity is available.