3 DECEMBER 2012
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Independent Jordanian carrier Petra Airlines will inaugurate scheduled passenger services from next spring after the Jordanian Civil Aviation Authority approved its application to switch its activities from the charter to scheduled market.
Petra Airlines is a division of the Rum Group, and launched operations in October 2010. Over the last two years it has operated a pair of Airbus A320s on charter work – ad hoc flying, ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance – wet lease) and tour operator packages – across a network that has included destinations in Armenia, Egypt, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Having now proved itself in the local market for two years, Petra Airlines has announced plans to expand into the scheduled arena, taking advantage of the Open Skies arrangements between Jordan and Saudi Arabia and the European Union. With the ending of exclusive traffic rights for national carrier Royal Jordanian, Petra intends to become a credible alternative to the flag carrier.
“We have plans to operate 5 A320s by 2014 and have a schedule flight to most of the major cities in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) and GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) regions using Queen Alia International Airport in Amman as a hub”, noted Riad Khashman, Chief Executive Officer. www.petraairlines.com
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