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Press article fom  06.10.2003

More Middle East at Airport Hahn from October 27, 2003

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, 6 October 2003 – Effective 27 October 2003, Royal Jordanian will commence regular cargo flights between Amman, the Capital of Jordan, and Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany, using their modern Airbus 310-300 Cargo Aircraft, offering a cargo capacity of 38 tonnes, or a volume of 240 cubic meters, in each direction. The first step is one weekly cargo flight every Monday morning from Hahn to Amman and back. Beginning of 2004 additional destinations from Hahn to Asia and Middle East via the capital are planned by Royal Jordanian.

Usama Faraj, Head of Cargo Sales Department of Royal Jordanian Airlines, and his team for Germany already visited Frankfurt-Hahn Airport end of August 2003 to be convinced of the professional modes of operation in the cargo field of the airport. They were welcomed by Hans-Artur Bauckhage, Minister for Economics, Transportation, Agriculture and Viniculture of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, the management team of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, the aviation consultants inavia and the freight handling company Advanced Cargo Logistic (ACL).

„We were already positive at that time, that Royal Jordanian will choose our airport“, reflects Jörg Schumacher, general manager of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. The 24-hour operation of the airport, which is one of the important competition advantages, the quick and easy modes of operation in cooperation with the authorising entities at the airport as well as the short distances from the apron to the highway and vice versa came across fertile grounds by Royal Jordanian airline already at that time.

“We are very pleased to be adding Frankfurt-Hahn to our cargo hubs,“ said Usama Faraj, of Royal Jordanian. “The addition of Hahn Airport to Royal Jordanian Hubs comes at a time when the airline is expanding their cargo routes network to meet the increasing air cargo traffic from and to Jordan”, Usama Faraj states further. He also commented that additional points will be added to the cargo network, in the beginning of 2004, when the airline receives their second Airbus 310-300 Cargo Aircraft. Further planned destinations then are Hong Kong, Karachi, Lahore, Sana'ah, in addition to the existing network which includes New York /JFK, London/Gatwick, Maastricht, Istanbul, Dubai, Calcutta, Delhi and Khartoum.

The freighter service from 27 October 2003 from Amman-Hahn-Amman will be provided once a week with a capacity of 38 tonnes. The cargo business sector of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport presents itself as a division with enormous growth opportunities. The Hunsrück airport has therefore made it into the German top ten cargo airports in just a very short time. Hahn is one of the four largest freight airports in Germany and holds position 96 worldwide.

Flexibility, individual customer care and simple processing are written in large letters here. A philosophy, which is finding increasing approval with numerous airlines, companies and brokers. While, at many German airports, freight is only transported in passenger aircraft as an additional load, in Frankfurt-Hahn, solely cargo machines are used for import and export goods - and in large volume.

Well-known scheduled cargo airlines, such as Aeroflot, Iran Air and Egypt Air, have for years relied on Hahn and in several instances are expanding their range of flights on offer. Aeroflot Cargo, Russia's largest air cargo company, announced just recently the stationing of additional two DC10 freighters at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport for the winter schedule end of October 2003. Also Air France Cargo has been operating an air freight transhipment centre for the whole of the German and East European road feeder service at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport since 1997 and is very successful in it.

The prognosis for the overall volume of freight to be handled at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport by Royal Jordanian for next year is about 6.000 tonnes including road feeder service.

Further information on Royal Jordanian can be obtained via their website www.rja.com.jo and on Frankfurt-Hahn Airport via www.hahn-airport.de.

About Royal Jordanian Cargo
Royal Jordanian's State-of-the-Art Cargo Terminal in Amman along with its fully automated Cargo Handling & Revenue Management system (CHARMS), guarantee Secure Storage, Smooth & Safe Handling as well as fast delivery and excellent connections to any point in the world. An Extensive Route Network serving 47 destinations- in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa, the Far East, Indian Sub-Continent and North America- along with more that 40 years' of experience in International airfreight, enhance these modern systems, well-equipped freight handling and storage facilities. Growing apace with the young Airline, Cargo totalled just 630 tons in 1963, the first year of Royal Jordanian operations. Today, more than 70,000 tons a year are handled. A testament to Jordan's expanding external trade and their own extensive scheduled routing options. Charter, Courier and Mail services are also provided.

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