In 1963, His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan issued a Royal Decree for the setting up of a national air carrier. His words were unforgettable. "I want our national carrier to be the ambassador of goodwill and the bridge across which we exchange culture, civilization, trade, technology, friendship and better understanding with the rest of the world."
Inspired by this royal vision, Alia (later renamed Royal Jordanian) launched its operations.
Royal Jordanian’s role as Jordan’s only national carrier has now long been established. Today, under the invaluable guidance and directives of His Majesty King Abdullah II, the airline carries out its mission, while continuously modernizing and upgrading its services, renewing its fleet and expanding its route network and operations.
Royal Jordanian’s headquarters are located in the heart of the capital, Amman , and its flights are operated from Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA). Its modern fleet covers a network of 52 destinations on four continents.
Royal Wings, a Royal Jordanian subsidiary company, is now dedicated to charter business, operating from Amman Civil Airport in Marka.
Royal Jordanian is made up of five main sectors: Commercial; Resources; Technical; Customer Services; and Network Planning. They are directed by the President and CEO, together with a board of qualified and capable decision-making members who supervise planning of the strategic policies of the airline to enable it to be on par with other established international airlines.
Royal Jordanian currently has marketing alliances, through code-sharing, with several international airlines including, Austrian Airlines, Iberia, Air Canada, Aeroflot, Thai International, Malaysia Airlines, Syrian Airlines, Gulf Air, Cyprus Airways and US Airways.
In October 2005, the airline was honored when the prestigious oneworld Airline Alliance invited Royal Jordanian to join its elite membership, of which the most important are, American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia , Cathay Pacific and others. Royal Jordanian is the first Arab and regional air carrier selected to join any of the three global airline alliances (oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance), and the first airline to join oneworld in the past five years.