Royal Jordanian RJ

Loss-Making RJ Ends Hot Meals for Medium and Short Haul Flights

Royal Jordanian (RJ) will no longer serve hot meals on short and medium-haul flight as part of a cost cutting drive, the airline’s recently appointed German CEO said in a statement.

“RJ has recently substituted the hot meals with sandwiches and snack meals on short- and medium-haul flights of up to three-hour duration,” Stefan Pichler said. “RJ, the national carrier of Jordan and a public shareholding company, is running its business on a commercial basis to achieve profitability and sustainability, and meet the aspirations of the shareholders. Cost containment and revenue enhancement are key pillars to develop and execute a robust turnaround program and boost its competitiveness in the market.”

From its hub at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport, Royal Jordanian flies direct to 46 destinations. Most are short and medium-haul routes.

The airline posted a net loss in 2016 of JD24.6 million, a sharp reversal from 2015’s net profit of JD16 million. The carrier blamed large provisions for foreign exchange losses for the negative results.

Pichler succeeded Sulieman Obeidat as RJ’s CEO in June. Over his 30-year career, Pichler has run several other international carriers, including Air Berlin, Fiji Airways, and Jazeera Airways. He has also been the CCO of Germany’s national carrier, Lufthansa.